FOOTSTEPS TO PERFECTION

In a recent issue of a magazine which features each month a page devoted to human relationships there was a little quiz under the eye-catching caption, "Are You Disliked?" The questions were so worded that any affirmative answer indicated a personality flaw which might cause its possessor to lack the full approval of his associates. Several of the questions dealt with character traits that were obviously unpleasant, but the last question proved startling, for it asked, "Are you constantly striving for perfection?"

That an earnest desire for perfection and a continuous struggle to attain it should be regarded as a drawback is completely contrary to the teachings of Christian Science, which stress the importance of Jesus' familiar command (Matt. 5: 48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." However, an attempt to reach perfection as humanly conceived might be held in disfavor on the ground that it can never be achieved in material terms; and those who have tried to approach it from a mortal standpoint are caught in the labyrinth of discouragement.

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TEXTBOOK AND NEWSPAPER
April 11, 1953
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