When one considers the discordant conditions which have confronted man from the dawn of human history, and which seem to be so much in evidence at the present time, one may well be led to accept the explanation given by Christian Science, that these conditions are fundamentally the result of disobedience to God. If God is good, as one has every authority and right to believe, and as one must believe if hope is to be harbored at all, His laws must be good, and so long as one lives in obedience to those laws, his experience will be good. When one departs from the divine law, either through ignorance or sin, he finds himself enmeshed in the troubles from which he would gladly escape, and out of which, fortunately, there always leads a highway of escape if he will travel it,—the highway of obedience to Spirit, God.

The self-righteousness which would excuse men for their misfortunes and lay the blame wholly upon the creator, thereby avoiding the necessity for any effort on their part to overcome evil, is simply an evasion of their responsibility. Such may exclaim with the Eastern poet:—

An Appreciation
February 11, 1922

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