All over the world men and nations are striving after...

The Christian Science Monitor

All over the world men and nations are striving after self-government of some sort or another. They are overthrowing kings and emperors, setting up new governments, adopting and amending constitutions, and they are achieving these results in ways varying in accord with the progress they have made out of materiality. Some are achieving with machine guns, others by genuine elections. And all the while, right where this tumult and shouting is going on, there is ideal government already in existence, now and always established. For as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p.106), "Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love." And again on page 125 of the same book, "Refiecting God's government, man is self-governed." Man reflects exclusively one boundless intelligence, the infinite consciousness, or God. This intelligence is the divine Ego, the limitless I am. Man, created and controlled completely by his Maker, is governed by this one infinite intelligence. Thus, faultless government is here to-day, now, and it is unchangeably good in its perfectly unfolding variety.

Truly, all the present struggles of the world in its bolshevistic, its socialistic, its revolutionary movements of all kinds, make up the birth throes of the world in the bringingh forth of its better understanding of genuine government. But upheaval and revolution are not required to set up true government, for the real sovereignty is even now in control. Men, turning constantly, again and again, to Principle, and permanently turned to Principle, would experience real revolution. The nations that have reached the highest human sense of true ruling at the present moment are, in general, experiencing the least difficulty. And in proportion as they cling steadfastly to improved understanding of government, and seek higher and higher concepts, they will continue to go calmly and gloriously on.

Principle and its idea is all the government there is, infinitely good in all its beneficent forms. Therefore men need only to look to Principle for every phase of governmental activity. What sum total of legislative, executive, judicial, and constitutional activity is included in the wonderful statement of the one mighty authority which is even now being disclosed to the world, as given in the Christian Science textbook. There Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p.340): "One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself;' annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed." This limitless government, the one infinite Mind, is executive in unifying men and nations and ending wars. It is legislative and judicial in annihilating injustice and evil in social and civil customs and enactments, in criminal, political, and religious laws and promulgations. It is truly constitutional in equalizing the sexes. The one Principle and lawgiver is the all-sufficient and ever active sovereign of His image and likeness.

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