Seeing one's true selfhood and that of one's neighbor and all mankind as the now spiritually perfect, always complete idea of God's creating—instead of as a mortal materially good or bad—is one of the fundamentals of good citizenship. The consciousness which recognizes that all of God's ideas reflect the one and only Mind is obedient to His Word to Moses (Ex. 20:3), "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."

Prayerfully obeying the First Commandment by refusing to see as real any qualities or characteristics but those of God, or infinite good, keeps our thought spiritually pure in respect to our fellow men. By progressively cultivating a higher regard for them we begin to help them, and we begin also to solve our own problems. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, indicates in her writings that the brotherhood of man will be established in all walks of life as the oneness of God, Mind, is understood and demonstrated.

It may be argued that one is so busy with what seem to be his own problems that he has not the time or inclination to think spiritually about others. But taking an interest in the welfare of others is needful. Job proved this. We read (Job 42: 10), "The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." And so it would seem practical that we too should think rightly of our friends, of our community, and of all mankind.

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