Identity and Individuality

Every person has his own problems to solve. It is comforting sometimes to feel that we are all in the same boat, so to speak, with the same lie confronting us, the same belief in the "lust of the flesh" to be overcome to which Mrs. Eddy refers on page 584 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" as that "which saith: 'I am life and intelligence in matter.'"

In myriad multiplications of itself, based upon this one primal argument, evil, the lie, is constantly changing its appearance as a kaleidoscope shifts its colors,—its arguments seemingly more effective when they appear under the guise of novelty. To one appeals the "look at me" of vanity; to another the "I possess" of pride; while a third is caught by the "I am" of egotism. The indulgence of one or more of these three foolish children of the devil temporarily appears to overshadow the spiritual truth and beauty of identity and individuality with an inevitable tower of Babel. Sometimes it seems as if this tower is compelled to fall with a crash before we can be awakened to the illusion of the claim of "I am life and intelligence in matter."

February 16, 1924

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