Protection against Aggressive Mental Suggestion

The world today, with its conflicting human opinions, its competition and rivalry, its untruthfulness and dishonesty, its lack of moral strength, presents to human sense a sorry picture. If the student should contemplate it without the enlightened spiritual understanding which Christian Science affords, he would be in danger of almost despairing of it. It is a sad commentary on the human race that those who are accounted chief among its people, from the point of view of civilization, are today locked in mortal combat, straining every effort to overcome each other, in the hope that by this means harmonious conditions will ultimately prevail. It is as if mankind had been mesmerized to believe that good could result from evil; that by some strange perversion of the law that like produces like, evil could produce its opposite—good.

The Christian Scientist has his eyes wide open to world conditions today. He is well informed concerning the activities of men, and conversant with the mental conditions which originate and sustain these activities. He is aware of the issues which are at stake, whether mankind shall find itself in the years to come free to continue its efforts after liberty of thought in every right direction—in the realms of politics, science, and religion—or whether it shall find itself crushed beneath the ruthless heel of ideologies based on belief in the superiority of material force over spiritual.

The Christian Scientist is keenly conscious of the world situation. But he regards it in ways very different from those uninstructed in Christian Science. For example, he looks upon the struggle today as, primarily, a struggle between good—more or less clearly defined—and evil; and while doing so, he understands, as Christian Science teaches, that good alone is real and that evil has only a supposititious existence. He sees mankind as the dupe of material sense, the deceived of malicious animal magnetism, the victim of erroneous belief.

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"He maketh wars to cease"
December 2, 1939

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