Humanity is hemmed in by so many influence’s that from time immemorial no real effort has been made to gain control of the impulses that run loose in the world. It has been, and still is, easier to let things go as they will rather than exert the will to direct them. Success in enterprise, we are reminded, lies not in diligent hoping, but rather in steady, constructive action. It has been, and still is, easier to let things go as they will (trusting fervently in some hidden mysterious power to adjust them harmoniously) than exert the will to direct them. And, until we are aching with the unpleasant revelation that Aladdin’s lamp is not stored away in one of our closets, or cedar chests in the attic, we resign to and accept life’s allotted portions, not, perhaps, without intense regret.