Dare to be Different

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

The writer was once attending a Monitor meeting in a Christian Science branch church. On the seat beside her she found a leaflet, and written across the cover were these arresting words: "It dares to be different." Till the meeting began she pondered these words, and thought how aptly they described the spirit of Mary Baker Eddy, who established The Christian Science Monitor, and who said, as recorded in "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (p. 353), that "the object of the Monitor is to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." Then in a flash came the thought: Are we equally courageous? Do Christian Scientists, as a whole, dare to be different?

Perhaps it is only as we honestly strive to follow our Leader that we realize how much courage and understanding of true values is required "to be different." Young people in all walks of life come up against what to them seem almost insurmountable difficulties in their steadfast efforts to hold to the truths which have been revealed to them in Christian Science. Among some groups one often hears the remark, "It's not done." The opinion of the majority is often greatly honored, and those who do not subscribe to this opinion may be frowned on or given the cold shoulder.

To the Man or Woman in Uniform
October 24, 1942

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