Probably half the strife in mortal existence comes from the belief in an unequal distribution of worldly goods. We are all tempted to feel that we are entitled to abundance, and when our neighbor is able to travel great distances to attend lectures, or to go through class instruction, we begin to wish we could afford it too; in short, we think that he is enjoying a privilege of which we are being deprived. Even if there is no conscious thought of jealousy, still we wish in our hearts, "I would so much like to possess and manifest abundance like that."

In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy teaches that no matter what the condition, it must be met in consciousness, because all is Mind. So, obviously, although we seem to be dealing with a plain matter of money, we must analyze our thought in connection with it. "I wish I possessed what So-and-so possesses," is the tenor of our thought, but when we analyze it we find that this belief that our neighbor has more than we have, is merely the belief that man is separated from good, or God.

The Way
August 29, 1914

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