"The spiritual ultimate"

Mrs. Eddy has pointed out that the passage from sense to Soul is a progressive experience. On this journey it is not always possible for the human pilgrim to choose between good and evil at every turn, rather at times the problem presented to him is to choose between a greater and a lesser evil. Of course he has chosen good as his ultimate goal, and while his every effort must be in this direction, yet frequently the ways which are open to him are not such as immediately to lead him to his journey's end. On page 28 of "Retrospection and Introspection" our Leader has written: "I had learned that thought must be spiritualized, in order to apprehend Spirit. It must become honest, unselfish, and pure, in order to have the least understanding of God in divine Science." On page 485 of Science and Health this thought is again expressed in these words: "Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth."

Not only does this counsel apply to individual demonstration, but it also applies to the growth of peoples and nations. Take, for instance, the growth of those nations which have achieved democracy and freedom in any appreciable degree. In all these nations it has been necessary for some one first to be inspired with the ideal of liberty, and then to educate others into a perception of this ideal. Later, as this education has progressed, it has been possible to take a step in advance; as, for instance, the abolition of African slavery in the United States a half century ago. This was of course but a step toward the ideal visioned by our forefathers in the exalted declaration that "all men are created equal," because other phases of the same question still remain to be adjusted; for instance, the relations of capital and labor, or more definitely, the relations of employer and employee. This is a world wide question, and a definite step toward its solution will be taken only when thought has been sufficiently spiritualized to perceive a better and more righteous way than at present prevails.

What Is Our Desire?
July 14, 1917

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