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Familiar to many is the story of the Spartan boy who had stolen a fox and concealed it beneath his tunic. It was related as greatly to the lad's credit, judged by the standard of the Spartans, that rather than betray himself he endured without a murmur the pain of being bitten by the fox.
The Stoic philosophy held that men should be impassive, unsubdued by pleasure, grief, or pain. It enabled its adherents to bear physical hardships with great fortitude. They cultivated a stolid indifference to sense-testimony, but were far from rising above it through spiritual understanding, as did the early Christians. Of the Christian martyrs Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 388): "Through the uplifting and consecrating power of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corporeal senses, a victory which Science alone can explain. Stolidity, which is a resisting state of mortal mind, suffers less, only because it knows less of material law." Christian Science explains the true overcoming by showing the unreality of evil conditions.
There is an instructive analogy between the situation of the Spartan boy and that of anyone who is entertaining an aggressive mental suggestion, some gnawing, persistent, false belief that preys upon him. Each has something which does not belong to him, and which should not be retained. The garment of false pride—of which the seamy side is shame—sometimes covers a condition which needs to be uncovered for its correction. The robe of self-righteousness is sometimes proudly worn by one who likes to think of himself as a secretly suffering martyr.
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After the Storm
LOUISE KNIGHT WHEATLEY COOK
No Compromise with Matter
ROBERT DICKINSON NORTON
FRANCES LESLIE HARRIS
Independence and Dependence
GRAHAM CAMERON LYTLE
ALICE DAVIS SHELMIRE
Autosuggestion relies on the operation of the human...
The Hon. C. Augustus Norwood, Committee on Publication for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Massachusetts,
In a recent issue of your paper there are quotations from...
Mrs. Isabel Hillier, Committee on Publication for Cape Province, South Africa,
In a recent issue of the Morning News, a doctor, in...
Merrill M. Hutchinson, Committee on Publication for the State of Georgia,
I have read with much interest and appreciation the...
B. Tatham Woodhead, Committee on Publication for Lancashire, England,
Our Heritage of Good
Violet Ker Seymer
with contributions from Faye Hanford
I became interested in Christian Science while searching...
Edward F. Schuerer
For several years I had suffered with indigestion and...
Sylph Yarnton Mills
With a grateful heart I shall now endeavor to fulfill a...
Mary E. Topping
As I am one of the many thousands who have been...
Harry M. Childs with contributions from Elma G. Childs
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his...
I am most grateful for what Christian Science has done...
Maude Goodwin Jokerst
NORA L. BROWN
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Walter Murdoch, John McDowell