Pacifism Analyzed

A false peace is to the nations like a falling star to a traveler seeking a guiding light. The real pacification of the world can only be accomplished by following the true star of divine Science, the light of the world which points to Principle. Pacifism may be defined as fear of war. It may argue that war is savage, the pastime of the bloodthirsty, and by advocating peace may pose as being above war and the custodian of high ideals. Yet this state of mind does not heal the world's woes, but rather makes a covering for the perpetration of further crimes upon humanity by ruthless exploiters of the weak.

Pacifism seeks ease, but finds dis-ease; dreads to hurt, but by inaction produces a worse hurt. Under the pretense of maintaining the brotherhood of man it keeps the door open for the unscrupulous to incite fratricidal wars. Proselyting pacifism, quite unexpectedly to its own believers, breaks the way for the propaganda of hate to insinuate itself unobserved among the innocent. The pacifist with the desire of being a peace-maker practically becomes a peace-breaker. On page 233 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Mrs. Eddy writes: "The Scriptures say, 'They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace' (Jeremiah 6:14), thus taking the name of God in vain. Ignorance of self is the most stubborn belief to overcome, for apathy, dishonesty, sin, follow in its train."

A Day's Journey
January 19, 1918

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