To feel secure at all times and in all circumstances is the earnest desire of individuals and nations. Individuals desire to be secure from all evil, whether in the form of sin, disease, accident, or death. And with security as their objective, nations and their governments, not understanding the unreality of evil and the allness and supremacy of divine Principle, Love, pile up armaments for their protection in the form of navies, armies, and air forces.

It is true that in May, 1908, in speaking of naval armaments, Mary Baker Eddy wrote (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 286), "It is unquestionable, however, that at this hour the armament of navies is necessary, for the purpose of preventing war and preserving peace among nations." Those words were written twenty-eight years ago, and our Leader said specifically "this hour." It is, therefore, not unreasonable to assume that a lessening of armaments might have been expected as the years passed and the moral consciousness of humanity advanced to a higher plane. Today, in spite of a growth in the size of armaments of a number of nations during the past few years, there is a great and deep desire among the people of all nations for peace, and for solutions of national and international disputes by means other than that of war.

Supply through Ideas
December 12, 1936

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