Signs of the Times

["'Mere Motion' versus 'Divine Energy'"—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, U.S.A., Aug. 2, 1920]

In these days of active construction and reconstruction in almost every branch of the world's work, much is heard about the need of increased energy in every direction,—energy in the workman to produce a larger output, energy on the part of the employer to dispose of this output for the general good, energy in all the branches of reconstruction work in devastated regions, and above all, energy in achieving a right settlement of the multitudinous questions demanding adjustment.

Now the true student of Christian Science, because he is essentially a metaphysician, knows the necessity always to look above the false testimony of physical sense to the metaphysical fact, the Science of being. The Science of being has revealed the eternal fact that Mind and its idea is All-in-all, that whatever is not of Mind does not exist, and that man as the compound idea of Mind, its full and perfect expression, inevitably reflects every quality of Mind, and only the qualities of Mind. Energy, then, to exist at all, must be a quality of Mind, reflected in its idea, man. But the human or mortal mind, the suppositional opposite and the would-be counterfeit of divine Mind, would claim that energy is a property inherent in itself,—in other words, human energy; but immediately we build on supposed virtues inherent in the human mind, we are building on the sand of human fallibility, and whatever is built on such a false foundation assuredly cannot stand.

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October 23, 1920

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