A correct understanding and application of the Golden Rule and the true conception of the brotherhood of man will eventually be expressed in a right social state and will show forth a type of government that patterns the divine. The basic facts of metaphysics as taught in Christian Science are in line with this hope and aspiration, because they declare that in the infinity of Mind there is equality of opportunity and infinite unfoldment for all of God's ideas. Collectively and individually, man is the reflection of immeasurable substance. It should be noted, too, that there are certain metaphysical facts in Christian Science with which some of the current philosophies of government and the ideologies of humanly planned economies do not coincide.

Particularly, Christian Science teaches true individualism. It declares that every idea of Mind has its eternal and ineradicable identity, and that while ideas are coactive and co-ordinate, they never lose their distinctness—their inherent character as individual expressions —or their ability to evidence divine initiative. This fact is opposed to any concept of collectivism, where individuality is lost in the mass.

Describing the infinite possibilities of man's unfoldment and progress, Mary Baker Eddy writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 258), "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis." And she continues: "The infinite Principle is reflected by the infinite idea and spiritual individuality, but the material so-called senses have no cognizance of either Principle or its idea. The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God."

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February 9, 1952

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