Right Discrimination

Recently, while looking over the long array of books on the shelves of a public library, a Christian Scientist was impressed with the valuelessness of much that has been written to aid in solving the problems of humanity, and he went back in memory to his impressions when first visiting a large library. As he passed through the long book-studded aisles, he thought that surely here, among these stored-up treasures of learning, he might find the panacea for human needs; that here the hunger for truth could be satisfied, the spiritual vision be attained.

Thus impelled, a number of years were spent in study; but the result was not what he had anticipated. Something had been gained of education and culture which was of value in later years, but the youthful faith that in the study of books he might find a remedy for the ills of mortal existence, had been rudely shattered. In place of poise of mind had come impaired health, a pronounced pessimism, and a cynical disbelief in the practical application of good to the betterment of human affairs.

Right Consciousness
February 7, 1914

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