Spirituality versus Popularity

Today , as always, the tendency of the so-called human mind is to seek the popular way, to imitate, to do as others do. Without pausing to ask the reason or to consider the outcome, new habits of speech, dress, recreation, and the like, are accepted and made a part of everyday experience. Instead, one should challenge the right of erroneous conditions to seem to exist. Oftentimes, neither spiritual thinking nor courage is employed, and mankind drifts aimlessly with the current of popular tendencies.

In the Preface to the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy makes this statement (p. x): "The author has not compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought, but has bluntly and honestly given the text of Truth." In thus stating her position in her prefacing of the great volume which for thousands is leading the way from material darkness to spiritual light, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science not only has set forth a striking fact, but has indicated the only basis upon which her mission in behalf of humanity can be fulfilled. Had our Leader yielded to popular opinion, had she "compromised conscience to suit the general drift of thought," her great demonstration would have been impossible.

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