Spiritually Minded

Peace is the reward which crowns the effort of those who seek to be spiritually minded, but this peace has no stagnation in it, for it is the evidence of the perfect harmony of Life and its immortal activities.

When warfare has continued to the exhaustion of one of the combatants, and an agreement ends the contest, we call it peace; but, mentally considered, the humiliation of one contestant, and the exultation of the other, indicate no rest of mind, no peace. The resentment which flamed out in carnage and destruction, still burns like the sullen fire in the charcoal-burner's pit. From father to son is passed the legacy of animosity, until it is made to appear that patriotism must be nourished by the vivid and continuous recital of wrongs endured by ancestors. Since the man who would know true life must rid himself of bitterness and resentment, why should he enlarge the task by adding to his own problem the sense of wrongs nursed in the far past by those no longer actors in this drama of existence? Indeed he may also question the advantage of inoculating himself with the virus of strife and contention as found among his contemporaries. The question at issue in a contest is so often unimportant. If it were important, if it concerned the majesty of righteousness or the omnipotence of Truth, then a decision would be easy for the righteous man, whereby his own mind could find rest in adherence to what is true and right. But where a dispute begins with conflicting opinions, and enraged feelings perpetuate the strife and the contention leads to further divisions, it is impossible to find peace on either side. Why? Because each party, desiring support as against the other, is looking for adherents, for persons whose feelings can be worked upon and inflamed into antagonism against those whom they must consider adversaries.

Christian Science
June 30, 1906

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