Concerning the Study of Christian Science

New students of any subject frequently receive suggestions of "easy" ways to rapid advancement. They may be warned that the subject is involved or difficult, and spurious books may be proferred to them as "aids to getting started" and as short cuts to quick understanding.

As a boy on the farm the writer learned that the short cut usually led through brambles or marshes that were much more difficult to negotiate than the regular path. If he got through the short cut at all, it almost always took longer and required greater effort than would have been necessary on the accepted route. And often he was obliged to retrace his steps and go home by the main road.

Short cuts to the study of any subject are generally unsatisfactory because in most cases they lead into difficult brambles and swamps that impede one's progress. One might read a great deal about musicians—and it might be worthwhile and interesting—but to learn music one must study music itself, and practice what he learns. No amount of reading of histories, commentaries, criticisms will make a musician.

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July 27, 1935

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