Universal Love

Sometimes the teaching of Christian Science as to universal love presents a seeming difficulty to the beginner, clinging fast, as mortals do, to a false sense of love as mere personal regard. At first sight the impression received may be that the realization of universal love would in some way detract from the closeness of human relationships and friendships. This impression is subsequently proved to be quite incorrect, and only arises from a mistaken view of the nature of love. To the human mind in general, love and friendship are apparently dependent upon their individual objects and to some extent evolved by them, so that love and friendship partake of the many limitations which are to be seen in any merely mortal concept. Human love is so largely compounded of fear, jealousy, so-called "sensitiveness," and the like, that it is quite open to question whether, as the poet puts it,—

It is better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.

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The Waterless Desert
June 24, 1916

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