Rights—Human and Divine

The history of the human race deals largely with mankind's struggle to establish and retain something of the rights with which, it is held, God has endowed man. No more compelling statement of this fact has been made than that which appears in the Declaration of Independence of the American Colonies. That historic document asserts that man is endowed by his Maker with certain inalienable rights, among which are "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

This statement probably marks the highest concept of individual rights ever set forth in a political document. What is its significance? As commonly interpreted, it means that men by divine right are entitled to live, to enjoy the highest degree of freedom compatible with public welfare, and, in the fulfillment of their enjoyment. None can gainsay the justice and wisdom of the vision of those who held so high a concept of mankind's rights and privileges. Viewed in the light of Christian Science, however, it takes on even a new and higher meaning.

Gratitude and Healing
July 3, 1926

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