Human education suggests that we are persons immersed in an immense material universe. Each person supposedly possesses a mind of his own. Through the material senses, this personal mind is said to be informed about that which surrounds it.
The basic belief in a personal mind leads to other mediatory modes. For example, the person who feels ill imagines that he needs the help of a drug in order to recover. He who thinks of himself in a state of want may consider money as a medium to satisfy his needs or to secure wealth. It is surmised that the material body constitutes a medium for the person's individuality and identity. Many believe in Jesus as a personal mediator for attaining salvation or heaven.
The unsatisfactory conditions of mankind, in connection with health, economics, and happiness, show clearly that the above-enumerated propositions of human education are entirely inadequate for everyday life. The life of one who thinks of himself habitually as a human person accepting material testimony, appears to be full of perplexity and problems.