THE HABIT OF CRITICISM

There is an inherent tendency in finite human nature to look for imperfection, and it usually finds what it looks for. Human nature has no perfect standard or model of its own by which to judge, because it does not recognize or accept the Christ-idea of perfection in God and man. From its own finite view-point it can and does consistently assert that there is no use to look for perfection in this world, since it cannot be found here. Such must ever be the verdict of the so-called physical senses. Had humanity ceased to be governed by these senses there would be no inclination or disposition to pick flaws, nor to look for any evil trait or infirmity in man that it would not expect to find in God.

The besetting sin of criticising everything and everybody is one that has seemingly gained ground with the progress of modern civilization. This may readily be accounted for when one stops to think that neither the study of theology nor of the natural sciences has brought about the necessary correction of sense testimony to do away with this and other enslaving mental habits. Humanity has been so drilled in the contemplation of imperfect thought-models that it is loath to grapple with the idea of spiritual perfection. It scarcely deems it worthy of any serious consideration. False theology, more than anything else, is responsible for this lethargic disinclination to reach out for a present understanding of Spirit and its perfect manifestations. It has not promised humanity anything practical or tangible as a result of attempting to know anything about Spirit in this present world. The example of the great Master metaphysician has not been held up as the one and only standard of right-thinking, hence the woeful misunderstanding of his words and works, and the unrestrained habit of thinking at random upon all subjects.

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