Suffrage and Metaphysics

The value of any social or political change, be it great or be it small, lies in its approximation to divine Principle. No matter how effective such changes may promise to be, no matter how advantageous may seem to prove in practice, it will ultimately appear that they have no foundation unless their "builder and maker is God." The question, therefore, which the Christian Scientist has to consider on all such occasions is a very simple one. It is never one of social prejudice, it is never one of political expediency: it is always one of Principle. Now it is perfectly true, as Herbert Spencer once declared, that "we all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced." Still if the Christian Scientist is prejudiced in favor of Truth, the world will scarcely suffer from his prejudices. It is just the same with expediency. "Just as the stars are distant from the earth, and as the flame is unlike the sea, so does that which is expedient differ from that which is absolutely right"—

Sidera terra Ut distant, et flamma mari, sic utile recto—

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