Law and Order

PASSING through the beautiful countryside on a summer day, how often has one been disturbed and offended by the disorder left by holiday makers, often including broken branches and faded flowers, as well as other objects which in their proper place had been useful or fitting, but which, out of place and marring the beauty and freshness of nature, had become discordant.

This carelessness is lawless, for "order" in its wider sense is defined as "correct and fit condition" and "conformity with law"; and the words "law and order," which have come to be used as complementary, describe a state which is rightly maintained in a country or a community by the common consent of the people, who have so well recognized its value that the law is enforced by rightful authority, and penalties are attached to its infringement. Recognition of these qualities as factors in efficiency and success in communal life is seen in the modern equipment of the business office, the store, the school, the home, all contributing to greater economy, accuracy, punctuality, and order.

And what part does the individual play in promoting this "conformity with law"? Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on page 402 of her text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," makes this statement: "Science cannot produce both disorder and order." With the exponents of Christian Science, espe cially, lies the duty of proving this statement to be practical in bringing the healing of Christian Science not only to those greater disorders called sickness, sin, sorrow, poverty, but also to the lesser problems of daily life, to what their Leader calls, on page 204 of "Miscellaneous Writings," "the minutiae of human affairs."

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Public Affirmation
February 25, 1933

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