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.

Individual man, as Mrs. Eddy points out, is a unit, number one, a whole number. His continuing completeness and wholeness is forever assured by the Principle that is his Life and substance. He is not related to the mortal misconception of man, which may present a semblance of being a unit, but is susceptible of breakage, incompleteness, partial impairment, disintegration, and death.

August 21, 1943

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