Our Human Relations

Loving our neighbor as ourselves is seeing him as in reality he is, the true man; seeing him, as Mrs. Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 475), without "a single quality underived from Deity." This recognition of the perfect man, God's image and likeness, precludes the possibility of misjudgment, resentment regarding that which mortal mind says about our neighbor, pettiness, and the inviting of discord. All we can truly know about our neighbor's real selfhood is what God, divine Mind, knows; and that certainly does not include any of the disagreeable situations that may arise in our human contacts with one another.

The whole lie of discordant relationship is based on a belief of more than one mind and a selfhood apart from God. This belief of a material selfhood takes on such proportions that the slightest breeze may ruffle or disconcert the harmony of its so-called being. Personal sense will attach erroneous motives to everything which causes it displeasure, whether erroneous or not. It will resent all that does not exactly fit in with its plan of existence and activity. Then, it views its neighbor as another such self; and thus we have a belief of more than one Mind, and consequent strife. This egotism imagines the most unheard-of situations about itself and its neighbor; and the big thing we call "our problem" appears to us an insurmountable difficulty, dense blackness shutting out from our consciousness the light of Truth.

"A great woman"
January 31, 1931

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