IN these days democracy as the essential basis for right government is uppermost in the thoughts of all earnest workers. Our Leader in her wise and loving forethought for her church and students has named it the essential foundation for church government and administration. Much has been said and written on the subject, and it behooves us as Christian Scientists thoroughly to understand its meaning and application, not only as concerning church government, but with regard to the regulation of our conduct and work, everything appertaining thereto, so that every member may be able to bring his or her tithe of right thinking and right acting into the storehouse, which will bear fruit in the harmonious cooperation and advance of the whole community.

So often, it may be, we ask ourselves, Why is it we seemingly fail in our work? Why is it we do not see the clear manifestation of the healing truth? Is it not because we have not yet learned the essentials of self-government on a democratic basis, and hence, in the absence of a proper understanding and application of the rule, have failed to get the correct answer to the problem? It has been said that "true democracy will carry on an insistent search for those wisest and best, and will elevate them to posts of leadership and command." Do we in consciousness persistently seek for that which is wisest and best and allow it to govern the thoughts, actions, motives, and desires of our daily life? Are we careful never to permit personal sense, untrue motives, love of place and power, desire of admiration and praise, to sway us as we strive to follow in the path our Master trod?

October 29, 1910

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