Eye on the world: The moral courage of the people

In “ ‘People power’ for rule of law in the PhilippinesThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “One gift to the world from the Philippines has been the term ‘people power,’ or peaceful resistance in the streets against a leader’s arbitrary rule and violent suppression. In 1986, it led to a dictator’s fall and inspired pro-democracy protests in other countries. Three decades later, Filipinos are at it again. This time they are quietly resisting President Rodrigo Duterte’s neglect of both the rule of law and the presumption of innocence in a violent crackdown on drug users and dealers…. [T]he Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines warns that Duterte’s war on drugs has created a ‘reign of terror in many places of the poor.’ An even greater concern is ‘the indifference of many to this kind of wrong.’ That indifference, however, is steadily eroding as more Filipinos speak out. People power is at work again.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:7

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

There is too much animal courage in society and not sufficient moral courage. Christians must take up arms against error at home and abroad. They must grapple with sin in themselves and in others, and continue this warfare until they have finished their course. If they keep the faith, they will have the crown of rejoicing.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 28‒29

Moral courage is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right. But how shall we reform the man who has more animal than moral courage, and who has not the true idea of good? Through human consciousness, convince the mortal of his mistake in seeking material means for gaining happiness. Reason is the most active human faculty. Let that inform the sentiments and awaken the man’s dormant sense of moral obligation, and by degrees he will learn the nothingness of the pleasures of human sense and the grandeur and bliss of a spiritual sense, which silences the material or corporeal. Then he not only will be saved, but is saved.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 327‒328

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Moral courage—‛king of the mental realm’ ”: “Christian Science teaches us that God is the one source, the one cause, of all reality, and that He is totally good and perfect. Man, His offspring, is made in His image. Therefore, man’s real selfhood inherits infinitely good qualities from God, the one Parent. The man of God’s creating reflects dominion.” And “Moral courage is essential in the warfare that every individual must wage within his own thinking as he endeavors to make genuine progress in manifesting God’s spiritual qualities.”

In “Halting hatred”: “If one is able to recognize the power and presence of universal Love, hatred can be halted.” And “As we glimpse Love’s allness through prayer, it has an impact similar to the effect of turning on a light in a dark room. It eliminates anything unlike itself.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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