Mankind would do well to-day to recognize the truth of...

The Christian Science Monitor

Mankind would do well to-day to recognize the truth of Shakespeare's saying that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in its philosophy; and so to recognize the grotesque limitations of the human mind, and consequently to cease from setting down as mythical whatever cannot be apprehended by one or other of the five material senses. There is a wholesome check on overweening confidence in the question propounded over two hundred years ago by Locke, "How would you proceed to explain to a man born blind what it means to see?"

Now the human mind, being entirely material, will accept anything, and be outraged at nothing, no matter how absurd its claims, so long as, in the explanation offered, the way is left open for a return to matter. Thus if a man or a sect arose professing to heal disease through the use of any absurd device, the phenomena would, in all probability, be gravely investigated; certainly it would arouse no special comment or opposition. But remove the device, and the idea of healing is accounted "foolishness." Mrs. Eddy explains this tendency when she says (Science and Health, p. 28), "The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love."

September 21, 1918

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