The Monitor and Citizenship

The Christian Science Monitor should be indispensable in the home and to every student of Christian Science. While the controlling reason may vary in individual cases, the relation of the Monitor to good citizenship is applicable alike to all. Comparatively few, after studying the Lesson-Sermon for the week, reading The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel, and satisfying the demands of business, find much time at their disposal for general and, especially, for selected reading. From the standpoint of citizenship, the writer has, however, found the Monitor a daily necessity.

Americans are grateful for this country's immunity from calamity and disaster. Many seem to think that somehow it will be guided and protected properly regardless of neglect and indifference to civic affairs. We should, however, be consciously aware of the guiding influence and protecting care of God, good. We ought also to realize that if this guidance and protection is to be manifested in our national affairs, it is necessary that channels be provided for its expression. The wholesome, healing thoughts appearing in the pages of The Christian Science Monitor, when read and admitted into consciousness, will help to prepare these channels. Clear thinking, which always precedes correct conduct, and without which there can be no true guidance, requires accurate and trustworthy information; and this the Monitor receives and disseminates. We may thereby reasonably expect, as a result of such right thinking, the enactment of laws and the adoption of public policies in which right is expressed.

The only intelligent pursuit of self-interest is the pursuit of the interest of all. This is only another way of saying, "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth [good]." Before this can be wisely done, it is necessary to know the needs of others and what is to be overcome. Understanding is as essential to assistance as it is to sympathy; it requires correct presentation of facts and a spirit of good-will. The Monitor, as its name implies, warns, reminds, advises, and instructs, and so fulfills its object "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind," as stated by Mrs. Eddy on page 353 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany."

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December 27, 1924

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