The children of men wander down strange and devious ways in an effort to find happiness. Like Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who hunted through trackless Florida wastelands for the mythical fountain of youth, so mortals explore the wastelands of materiality in search of the wellspring of joy.
Centuries ago David, the sweet singer of Israel, discovered this wellspring of joy to be wholly spiritual and its source to be divine Love alone. He said (Ps. 16:11), "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
In their quest for happiness men soon learn that no material circumstances, personal friends, or possessions can bestow it, or their absence deprive them of it. Sometimes only after ceaseless disappointments and needless woe is mankind ready to learn the great truth revealed in Christian Science that joy is spiritual and that man, the reflection of his Father-Mother God, already possesses happiness in fullest measure.