THINK AND THING

Looking up the word "thought" one day recently in Richardson's Dictionary (a work comparatively little known, but specially valuable and interesting by reason of the number of illustrative quotations it contains, showing words in actual use), I found myself referred to the word "think," and from that to the word "thing." At first this appealed to me as being a somewhat farfetched association of ideas, but almost immediately, on calling to mind Mrs. Eddy's teachings in Science and Health, I could see that it was quite a natural and appropriate one, and that it ought to have been fairly obvious to me at once, seeing that the connection had been noted and traced by one (the compiler of the dictionary) not looking at things from the Christian Science standpoint.

A friend suggested that this might interest other readers of the Sentinel, so I give the references just as they stand in the dictionary, as far as they are germane to the purpose, viz., that of substantiating in one more instance the basic accuracy, appropriateness, and wisdom of Mrs. Eddy's choice and use of words and literary style in Science and Health, all students of which will readily recall the close and vital connection which she shows to exist between "think" and "thing," between thought and its manifestations. To cite two passages only, Mrs. Eddy says on page 123, "Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas;" and again, on page 269, she says, "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul."

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