The Importance of Agreement

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Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.

Lao Tzu

As train 8017 made its way through Salerno, Italy, on March 2, 1944, it gave no sign that disaster was in the making. The chugging train didn’t collide with anything on that rainsoaked evening. It didn’t derail or burn. But shortly after 1:00 A.M., the train loaded with six hundred passengers lumbered into the Galleria delle Armi.

When the two locamotives pulling the train reached mid-tunnel, the drive wheels began to slip. Sand was sprayed on the tracks but to no avail. The wheels lost traction, and the train stopped. Any other details are pure speculation since both engineers died. Carbon monoxide snuffed out the lives of nearly five hundred people.

As analysts surveyed the wreckage, they found that the leading locomotive was unbraked, its controls set in reverse. The second locomotive was also unbraked, but its throttle was positioned “full ahead.” The two locomotives had pulled and pushed against each other, their engineers obviously having fatally different ideas about what to do! Some have speculated that no lives would have been lost if the engineers had only been in agreement about which direction to go.

Today, make a decision with your spouse or mate that you will both move your thought life in the direction of God–then stay ready by the controls of your minds. Any plant growing in the wrong place is a “weed.”


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