"It's a family affair"

Recently, while walking in the busy section of a city, a student of Christian Science overheard one person saying to another, "Of course, the boy is bad-tempered and greedy, just like his father; it's a family affair!"

How good it is to know, when an unscientific statement such as this falls on our ears, that we need not, like the priest and Levite, pass hurriedly by on the other side, but can, instead, even in the midst of a crowded city, figuratively hold out a hand to these strangers by realizing that no son of God has for an instant fallen from his original purity and perfection.

In his daily intercourse, the student of Christian Science needs to be very watchful, lest he, too, should be drawn into discussing the failings of his brother, attaching to him the foibles of his human progenitors, or unduly commenting on his personal affairs. A mother once entered the room where her little daughters were busily engaged in discussing other people. Seeing the turn the conversation was taking, she quietly rebuked them with the remark, "Well-bred people are not as a rule interested in gossip!"

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Persistency of the True Self
October 19, 1935

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