Educated Narrow-mindedness

Ignorance is the father of narrow-mindedness and the grandfather of intolerance. The more limited their mental horizen and the more impoverished their mental environment, the more flagrant usually are the narrow-mindedness and intolerance of the ignorant. Such was the attitude of rulers in Jerusalem who were forced to admit the wonderful healing of the lame man by Peter and John; yet they contemptuously characterized the apostles as "unlearned and ignorant men," because the knowledge which these apostles possessed was beyond their ken, though they claimed for themselves a profound knowledge of divine law. Mrs. Eddy makes a telling plea for Christian Science when she says, "Give to it the place in our institutions of learning now occupied by scholastic theology and physiology, and it will eradicate sickness and sin in less time than the old systems, devised for subduing them, have required for self-establishment and propagation" (Science and Health, p. 141).

Ignorance is worse than illiteracy. Frequently those who are literate must be classified as really ignorant. There is a marked tendency of those who are truly educated to become humble; for none are so keenly aware as they how limited are the boundaries of human knowledge. Self-complacency, however, is too often the brand of literate as well as illiterate ignorance; and the literate ignorance seems, as a general rule, to be more stubborn and difficult to influence than the illiterate. Besides, there are some branches of study which, when a person permits himself to deal with them too exclusively, narrow instead of broaden the mental horizon, even as would a lifetime devoted entirely to hard labor.

Peace and Peacemakers
March 13, 1915

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