True Wisdom

Many an individual cherishes the belief that he is handicapped in his progress through life by a lack of educational advantages, or mental equipment of some other kind. He believes, and binds himself with the belief, that he is less able than another to do work of a high order, or to fill a place of responsibility or eminence in the world of affairs. His sense of lack may be with regard to native talent, education, practical training, social culture, or any of the kinds of knowledge which, it is believed, enable one to fulfill his highest ideal of useful and honorable service.

The student of Christian Science soon learns that he must discard his old concept of what constitutes knowledge, and replace it with true wisdom or spiritual understanding. In the Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, we read on page 590: "Knowledge. Evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses; mortality; beliefs and opinions; human theories, doctrines, hypotheses; that which is not divine and is the origin of sin, sickness, and death; the opposite of spiritual Truth and understanding." What the student really needs to do, therefore, is to change his thought about the essentials of education. He will then find an abundance of right ideas manifested in his experience in the way of higher and enlarged capabilities to meet the demands of his work, with or without the technical or academic advantages once deemed indispensable.

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