The study of how to attain efficiency in the business world is being given considerable attention by executives in most firms and has recently become increasingly popular as a college course, Viewed in the light of Christian Science, this subject is clarified and enhanced.

Efficiency denotes active power. It means not only getting things done, but doing them well. Man, created in the image and likeness of God and reflecting divinely bestowed dominion, cannot express mediocrity, failure, and confusion. Boundless resources of wisdom and strength are the equipment of those who look to the one Mind for them.

"To err is human," wrote Alexander Pope in the eighteenth century. Frequently his statement is used to excuse mistakes as "that human element in business." How apth it characterizes them! Christian Science shows that inefficient, unsatisfactory performance comes from claiming to work humanly, meaning independently of God. That good and evil, power and limitation, are confined within individuals is the false assertion of so-called mortal mind, which would clamor for personal adulation and seek to make a reality of whatever appears blameworthy.

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August 25, 1951

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