True spiritual growth garners the present for future needs; enjoying the present life, because such is best for future welfare. This is the moral of this narration.
HOW baleful the light of passion! how it blasts! The human spirit is like a mirror, bright as burnished silver held in the hand of a child, reflecting every thought and deed, day by day. Day by day the Present overshadows the Past, and the outlines of the old become more dimly defined.