Unity of Men and Nations

Never before, perhaps, has the world as a whole seemed in such turmoil. Despite all the would-be unifying inventions of natural science, lessening the limitations of time and space, nations are still fearful and suspicious of one another; there are minor wars and rumors of greater wars; and the world prosperity, so confidently predicted a few years ago, seems remote.

International conferences succeed one another, month by month, and year by year, yet always the goal of permanent world peace, order, and prosperity seems to elude our grasp. This is not because of any lack of general aspiration for peace and prosperity, or for want of idealists and leaders seeking to achieve these ends. Why is it, then, that more steady progress is not being made?

Christian Science alone shows us the fundamental errors and the cure for them, because unlike the ordinary human methods it goes to the root of the trouble. To those unenlightened by Christian Science the universe seems to be material and mankind seems to consist of mortals, each limited and confined in matter, and of a physical origin. Hence their thought and action seem to be almost entirely governed by the human sense of heredity and the traditions of the carnal mind, so that they are grouped into races, cultures, religions, language groups, each more or less animated by fear, suspicion, rivalry, or, at best, indifference to one another. Some people may feel a vague sentiment toward human unity. But when the test comes, racial and national egotism is apt to rush to the surface and sweep aside the plans for unity and reform.

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Writing for Our Periodicals
October 21, 1933

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