The Unreality of Handicaps

An editorial in The Christian Science Monitor asked the following questions: "Are there handicaps?" "Can any of us continue to admit any handicap as having power or might to prevent the full manifestation of our heritage of freedom and intelligent activity?"

In a contest or race involving skill, strength, or agility, frequently a handicap or artificial disadvantage is imposed on an assumed superior contestant, or an artificial advantage allowed to an assumed inferior, in order that the chances of winning may be equalized. Similarly, on the automobile proving field, the strength, endurance, and excellence of automobiles are tested by using handicaps in the forms of encumbrances, rugged obstacles, ditches, and so on. The automobile that is pronounced perfect, so far as human skill can decide, has stood the test and successfully overcome the handicaps without breakage or injury to any of its parts.

Christian Science teaches that, because, as the Scriptures declare, God is good and perfect, and because He made all things after His image and likeness, after His goodness and perfection, there is no imperfection in anything He has created. Similarly, in this perfect creation all activity is governed by the one perfect Mind, which is altogether harmonious. Consequently, Mind knows no disadvantages, no handicaps, no limitations, and places none in the path of man, the spiritual reflection of God.

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Unselfed Love
May 18, 1935

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