Profit and Loss

To be an unprofitable servant is to invite the experience of the man mentioned in the parable who was cast into outer darkness: "For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath." To be profitless is to be spiritually useless. Profits are not evil in and of themselves; metaphysically considered, they are a natural increment produced by the law of Life, and they deserve to be studied and to be garnered.

In the great world upheaval of today much attention is being given to commercial profits. The word "profiteering" has even been coined, under stress of circumstances, to describe the act of taking advantage of the war to make undue profits; but the wise man will ask, Are the conscientious objectors against profiteering moved by scientific alertness, or by fear, greed, or jealousy? If these latter qualities act on the jury which renders a verdict, there will be a miscarriage of justice, for evil cannot try evil successfully. If, however, spiritual perception delves down to the foundations of undue profits, it should bring to the surface the mental manipulations of animal magnetism, which is endeavoring to take the bread of life from the nations. A real understanding of profits held by people who think rightly would adjust the injustice of undue profits and arrest the profit leech with his parasite agents. Food destroyers would vanish as the result of the mental determination of a whole people that food profits must be honest and just.

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Christian Science Benevolent Association Fund
September 8, 1917
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