THE CHANGED THOUGHT

A short while ago the writer came across a newspaper cutting referring to a correspondence, dating back to about the middle of the last century, between a Dutch ancestor and the Greek philosopher Adamantios Korais, who had been an eye-witness of the French Revolution. After having given a description of what he believed he saw, Korais ends by saying: "Whosoever has seen such atrocities committed before his very eyes, is even then not capable of seeing the true state of things. Eyes we have, but they see not; ears we have, but they hear not; only the mouth speaks without judgment what the eye did not see and the ear did not hear." The reading of this last passage reminded me of an experience I had, not long ago, on a farm in the interior of Macedonia.

After a few years' study of Christian Science I had been obliged to go back to a place where I had, during seemingly endless years, gone through some of the experiences which Korais describes. Lying awake one night, I was thinking about the villages, and the bands of discontented men who were that very night passing over the land, ready to give their lives for freedom. Behind them they left crying children and anxious women, who looked forward with dread upon what was to happen the next day.

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