Manifestation versus Material Accumulation

Does not the problem of the economic world arise, in part, from the human desire to accumulate material things? And would not the understanding of life as the manifestation of God be the solution? It may be said that the profound statement, "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all," by Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health (p. 468), holds the key to the situation. A Christian Scientist can do nothing better than ponder the meaning of this statement and determine how to accept "infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation" as the basis of his living and giving. This understanding will bless not only his own life but that of others.

What happens when men base their sense of existence on belief in separation from God, Mind? Fearing and feeling lack, they proceed to acquire what they think they need in order to enjoy life. They dig in a ditch, so to speak, to earn enough money to buy enough food to get enough strength to dig in a ditch. So round and round they go in this erroneous sense of life, whether they be termed affluent or the reverse. Living in this false sense of existence they fill their barns with something besides corn and oil; on close inspection they find that fear, envy, dishonesty, greed, jealousy, and rivalry have been added, for these erroneous qualities of thought are always associated with the mere accumulation of things. The result is neither satisfaction nor lasting security.

Loving Compassion
July 27, 1935

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