Universal Focus

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 586) Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, defines "eyes" thus: "Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental." She also states (ibid., p. 393), "When Jesus declares that 'the light of the body is the eye,' he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris and pupil, constituting the visual organism."

An interesting and helpful light is cast upon this human faculty of seeing by consideration of various phases of the subject of lenses. An amateur's experience in learning how to adjust the lens and shutter of his camera furnishes food for thought. In cameras of the folding type one may set his lens at various points so as to limit the distance at which objects will appear sharp and distinct in his picture. Or he may adjust his lens to a point called "infinity" or "universal focus," at which the camera will picture everything near and far with equal clarity or sharpness. He learns to adjust his shutter according to the amount of light he needs.

Actively Engaged
November 8, 1941

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