[Written Especially for Young People]

OUR first thought when viewing an engineering achievement such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hudson Tunnels, a giant skyscraper, or a ship of the sea or air, is one of respect for the technical and constructional skill involved. Probably our second thought is an appreciation of the spirited vigor of those who planned and carried out the project. We see such a structure as a monument to character and to achievement.

Students of language tell us that the word "ready" originated from an Anglo-Saxon term, "geraede," meaning "prepared for riding." Throughout human history the man sought for important service has generally been one proved ready by the high test of daily performance. Webster makes it clear that in addition to being equipped by training and experience one truly ready is also "prepared in mind or disposition," being "moved to willingness."

As students and practitioners of Christian Science we have a more truly constructive profession than that of the engineer, a more satisfying opportunity to express proportion and serve human need than that of the architect. Applying the divine Principle of Science, we engage in spiritual building, in manifesting to human consciousness the work which is based upon the Word of God, in revealing the creation of Mind, "the architect that builds its own idea" (Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 41). "Thus," as our Leader tells us (Science and Health, p. 428), "we may establish in truth the temple, or body, 'whose builder and maker is God.'"

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April 18, 1936

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