All over the civilized world young men are thinking about the call to military service, and of what enlistment in such service will mean to them, to their homes, their business, their careers, or to their college life. The questions are being asked: What are we enlisting for? What is liberty? What assurance have we that, having fought for it, we shall see it maintained among men?

Christian Science answers these questions practically and satisfactorily. It teaches that liberty is a spiritual idea; that it is, in reality, as perfect and eternal as God. Therefore it endures forever, and is the inherent right of every child of God. Liberty is real and vital. It is precious, so precious that it is worth fighting for again and again. And as long as there is in the consciousness of men anything unlike God, or good, liberty will have to be fought for.

The human concept of liberty has undergone many changes through the years, as have concepts of government and citizenship. But since the dawn of history, the ideal of liberty has been deep in the hearts of men and, little by little, they have made this ideal practical in human affairs. Each forward step has been fought for, and has been worth fighting for. Heartbreaking backward steps have occurred from time to time, tyranny and greed have attempted to destroy the good that has been accomplished, but, on the whole, progress has been made, slavery of many kinds has been abolished, and the rights of men—social, political, and religious—have been recognized and established in increasing measure as the centuries have marched past.

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The Good Neighbor
April 25, 1942

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