The whole civilized world today is talking of disarmament, and many are earnestly hoping and praying for it. Fewer guns, fewer battleships, fewer submarines, is the cry.

The basic rule by which disarmament can become fact was given long ago by John when he said, "Beloved, let us love one another." And our Leader, Mrs. Eddy, has still further clarified the rule with her wonderful statement in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 266), "Universal Love is the divine way in Christian Science." Fewer guns, yes, and fewer battleships; but even more important, fewer hard, critical, unforgiving thoughts and fewer unkind and thoughtless words!

Has someone seemed to wrong us? Has some employer's criticism of our work or conduct seemed harsh? We might be tempted to resent this and answer angrily. We might accept the erroneous suggestion, and so find ourselves pouring out words and phrases which are entirely lacking in love. Such an attitude will not help to disarm the foe. The weapons we must use are not material; they are spiritual—patience, gentleness, love, and the like. We must practice these, bringing them into daily and hourly use.

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Christian Science and Our Problems
December 10, 1932

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