Resisting the Propaganda of Evil

[Written Especially for Young People]

In this age, the attempt to sway men's thought through the press, the radio, and the spoken word is a daily, almost an hourly, occurrence. This openly avowed activity has naturally brought about in our young people of today an alertness to the methods of propaganda and a habit of questioning the validity of whatever is presented to them. This is certainly a desirable practice, if it does not lead to an inability to come to conclusive decisions on any point through a fear that one is confronted only by propaganda, and a desire not to be erroneously influenced.

In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (pp. 82, 83), "In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one." This statement, pondered in the light of what Christian Science teaches, makes it plain to the young student that he must rest his demonstration of guidance on the one divine Mind, and not allow himself to be influenced by a belief in many human minds; and it also brings to thought another sentence of our Leader's (ibid., p. 492), "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence."

"What hast thou in the house?"
March 28, 1942

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