(Excerpt from MIRACLE OF FASTING)
Every thinking person must at one time or another say to himself, “Am I getting the most out of life?” The great comedian, Ed Wynn said, “Without your health, riches, possessions and fame are all mud.” What is a man without health, even though endowed with riches and fame? Riches cannot buy health and happiness. Just because a person has achieved fame, it does not follow that he is healthy and happy! I do not discredit success and riches! I think money and possessions have a place in our lives. Physical comforts and luxuries are important to most people. Take away a man’s wealth and give him only health and his first desire will be the return of his riches.
However with both achieved, a word remains which we hate to utter; a thought we dread to contemplate; a thing which gives sorrow, pain and grief. That word, that thought, that thing, is death! Even in cases where life appears a burden, how tenaciously does man cling to it! How the spirit recoils from a struggle with death! How fondly it retains its grasp on life! Man’s great desire is for health and long life on earth; “Man clings to the world as his home, and would want to live here forever, if he had health and long-lasting youthfulness.”