Being Is Individual

As thought was turned to God one day on behalf of one who had asked for Christian Science treatment, the following line of reasoning presented itself: "Well, to begin with, as a child of God man is not the son of a man and a woman, who are in turn the son and the daughter of two other men and two other women." Following through this reasoning for a few moments to see what the human belief in descent entails, the Christian Scientist was interested to find that each infant of today is believed to have had more than fifteen thousand male and female antecedents since Columbus discovered America. In spite of this complexity, however, each of us is considered to be individual.

Being is indeed individual, and our intuitive sense of permanent individuality is fully justified by a sure and immovable foundation of spiritual fact. We must, however, turn a complete "about face" in our thinking if we are to understand this fact of individual being. The belief in animality must give place to the understanding of spirituality.

Good Neighbors
March 11, 1944

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