Originality

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, on page 286, we read that "physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus." And on page 126 of the same book, in a paragraph whose marginal heading is "A lack of originality," we read that "human thought never projected the least portion of true being," but that it "has sought and interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit."

The word "original" is defined in Webster's Dictionary, in part, as "that which is not copied, imitated, or translated: underived, first-hand." Therefore, to be original is to be the very opposite of all that is characteristic of mortal mind. From this standpoint, we can say that a lack of originality is a lack of divinity. Sameness, monotony, lack of initiative, all denote absence of Mind; and since Mind, God, is omnipresent, they cannot be actual or real. And so it is for us to affirm the presence of Mind, showing itself in continuous unfoldment, spontaneity, and a wealth and variety of ideas just where these seem to be most lacking; for the one Mind is expressed only in that which is like itself.

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