["Government"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., Dec. 14, 1918]

In a hospital at a military camp a Christian Science Welfare...

In a hospital at a military camp a Christian Science Welfare worker sat by the bedside of a soldier who, the doctor and nurse believed, could not possibly recover. In delirium this boy was calling for his mother, and asked the worker if she were his mother. The worker turned momentarily to God for guidance and was led to reply, "Divine Mind governs." Soon the boy became quiet, and shortly afterwards was convalescent.

Now the reply made by this worker to the boy who called for his mother may seem to some to have been a strange one, but to the student of Christian Science it will, upon reflection, be understood to have been exactly the right reply. To human sense this boy was being governed by the delirium of fear, confusion, material belief, discord, disease. He was, in other words, apparently under the control of that which is the reverse of divine intelligence. What he needed was the understanding that divine Mind, God, is the only governing power. The fact of Mind's government was demonstrated in the boy's release from suffering, and at the same time proof was given that, as Mrs. Eddy says on page 495 of Science and Health, "God will heal the sick through man, whenever man is governed by God."

The world has been long in the delirium of war, sick unto death. One phase of this mad dream has abated, but it cannot be truly said that the world has more than begun to recover from its illness. What, then, does the world need to understand more than the simple truth, "Divine Mind governs"? Indeed it may be truly said that only as the world intelligently grasps this great fact of Mind's government shall it be able to free itself from the evil effects of believing in government by human will. The world was plunged into war by human will, not merely the will of one person or a group of persons, but by the wrong thinking of people trained for generations in false systems of human philosophy,—the Antichrist. Since wrong thinking causes war, it is obvious that nothing less than right thinking can permanently remove the scourge of war from the earth. Outward fighting has ceased temporarily, and it is confidently hoped it will never be resumed, but the conflict between right and wrong is still going on in human consciousness. This mental conflict must continue until all questions are finally settled in exact conformity with absolute Principle. Meanwhile radical readjustments will have to be made in human institutions. There will be revolutions in the social, economic, medical, and religious systems. Whether these revolutions shall in every case be without violence will depend upon the wisdom with which the problems involved are met.

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