One is always in relation to others and to circumstances. One is governed by a network of relationships and events, often seemingly random or unpredictable, and life is considerably helped if before one there is a map and guidance as to which path to take. Without such a map or guidance, one's destination can be random and the journey tortuous.
This morning I took a flight and had arrived at Terminal 2. Whilst waiting for the bus I was approached by three luscious ladies with lots of luggage. In an accent from the other side of the world they asked me in a land where only Heavenlish is spoken whether I spoke Earthlish. The machine in the terminal which was supposed to be able to tell them where to go or with which to book a hotel was not working and they were in a foreign land. They asked me how to get to Heaven but as they told me that the taxi fare to get there was too expensive, I guessed that they might not have enough money to stay in Heaven, mainly known for its role as a Tax Haven, especially as I subsequently learned that the Crown Prince is to be married there on Saturday. Accordingly I told them to go to Purgatory from where they could take the train into Heaven every day if they wanted and to get there I told them to get the Navette Gratuite to Terminal 1 from where they could get the bus to the Gare.
A few minutes later I was dismayed to see a bus for the Gare leaving from Terminal 2. I felt guilty that I'd sent them on a long circuitous path to Heaven so I ran, with my luggage too, to the Navette Gratuite upon which they were but which had not left yet to point out the immediately available bus.
"No matter", they said, "we'll get better tourist information from Terminal 1" . . .
So many people expect to come to a foreign land without a guidebook, without the language, without a phrase book, without having looked at the instructions nor the map.
It is the duty of those with the knowledge to guide those on the path and at least point to a better guide if available along the way.
Those who guide have to know the certainty of the place and all on the path need to know where their lives are positioned on the map. Churches and organs are landmarks on our way.