Much of the friction in human relationships is engendered by a misunderstanding of viewpoints. From this misapprehension arises hasty judgment, and consequently a hostile attitude toward persons concerned. Because of the tendency of mortals to accept opinions from others as slavishly and as unthinkingly as they do fashions, the ill-formed opinon of a person or a group of persons claims to be influential in its scope. Indeed, could we but meet that opinion after it has passed from thought to thought, we would be chagrined at the dust of untruth it probably has gathered. Thus are the seeds of hatred sown; and thus the comedy of error may become a tragedy. Indeed, we behold today many such tragedies played upon the world's stage. Fear, doubt, misunderstanding, envy, hate, are the motifs. Such misapprehensions must be checked and corrected in the first instance, if we would not have them result in evil conditions in the second.

Outside Christian Science such tangled conditions between individuals and between national groups seem wellnigh impossible to disentangle. Combinations of the same elements of mistaken thought go on appearing in the humankaleidoscope; and each new attempt to get a more nearly perfect combination fails to find the cause of the divergencies.

Christian Science has brought to this age the solution of the entire puzzling situation. It has discovered the cause of the failure to find harmony to be in wrong thinking. The first lesson taught in this Science is to watch thought—not in some one else, but in ourselves. We learn among the early lessons of Christian Science that the Scriptural statement, "As he [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he," has a vital bearing upon the nature of our experiences and relations with our fellow-men, and upon our own health and harmony. With the searchlight of Truth given to them through the study of the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Scientists are able to understand the nature of the thoughts which come to them, and to determine whether they are from the infinite divine Mind or of so-called mortal mind.

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Learning to Obey
February 2, 1924

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