Man Is a Unit

Next to God there is no subject on which men need more enlightenment than man. Christian Science supplies this enlightenment. One thought-provoking statement by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, is (Pulpit and Press, p. 4), "Is not a man metaphysically and mathematically number one, a unit, and therefore whole number, governed and protected by his divine Principle, God?" A unit is defined as "a single thing... regarded as an undivided whole."

When we think of the mathematical number one, we think of it as a unit, a mathematical concept, complete and continuous, superior to physical force because it exists in a thought realm where physical force cannot enter. This unit has wholeness. It is not fractional or fragmentary. In the realm of mathematics, the unit one occupies a most essential place, fills that place, and expresses its activity all according to the mathematical laws that constitute and maintain it.

August 21, 1943

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