Fads Analyzed

With delightful humor Mrs. Eddy exposes a common human frailty when she writes on page 197 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures": "A new name for an ailment affects people like a Parisian name for a novel garment. Every one hastens to get it." If humanity understood the solid facts of Science it would not run after the fads and fancies of blind belief. Fads are contagious because they act as suggestions put forth by mesmerism; spiritual facts, because they come through obedience to God, illumine consciousness, thus saving and healing the sick and sinning. Without the spiritual light which destroys darkness or mesmerism, human beings continue to pursue passing fashions of belief concerning God, man, and the universe, popular innovations, caprices and hobbies about science, or to adopt sententious philosophies on the supposition that they are truth. Medical fads are particularly noticeable, and while they lend themselves easily to humorous treatment, their main contention is based on false belief about cause, hence about God.

The votaries of materia medica itself must be amused at the revolving changes which time has brought in their theory and practice. It is sometimes assumed that going around in a circle like a white mouse in a cage means progress. Unless the advance is made from a right basis and the light is clear the traveler will err on the way. How can the basic hypothesis that senseless, unthinking matter is cause lead anywhere but into the ditch? But Christian Science does not leave the unfortunate there. It gives them the scientific understanding of divine Truth wherewith to extricate themselves.

July 27, 1918

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