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.

Learning to Obey
February 2, 1924

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