Human life so called is not a vale of tears to one who knows better than to accept it as such. If Christian Science had done nothing more for the human race than disclose the fact that daily experience comprises joy to be realized, not affliction to be borne, it would by that achievement alone have supplied manifold justification for its presence among men.

When this Science, the Comforter promised by Christ Jesus, appeared in 1866 by virtue of the spiritual perception of Mary Baker Eddy, it offered to everyone the weapon with which to challenge successfully the notion that men have reason for pitying themselves, for hanging their heads in gloom over inevitable doom. By so doing it enabled any individual to reverse for himself the thinking of the centuries and to replace seeming tragedy with triumph.

There is no surer sense of joy to men than that which accompanies victory expected and attained. Mortal sense has seemingly entertained a notion which is a counterfeit of that fact and so has believed in the "ennobling" effect of physical strife and even bloodshed. It has thus, with justification in its own so called eyes, believed in the necessity for war. Since mortal mind is not Mind, because true Mind, God, is immortal, mortal mind is an illusion, and its beliefs are illusory. Accordingly, the expected "ennobling" effect of materialistic strife has never been realized, but has remained a severe disappointment, a will-o'-the-wisp supposedly attainable, but always a mirage.

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August 27, 1949

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