UNHAMPERED INDIVIDUALITY

To a world in which standardization, controls, and restrictions seem to be threatening to subdue men's individuality, Christian Science brings a message of reassurance. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 116), "If the term personality, as applied to God, means infinite personality, then God is infinite Person,—in the sense of infinite personality, but not in the lower sense." Man is the individual expression of this infinite Person.

True personality, then, is not something which is developed by the subtle use of doubtful characteristics. It is not some facade which covers up our shortcomings and smooths over a sense of inferiority and inability. It is the increasing reflection of the nature of God in one's experience: the development of one's true nature as a son of God. How do we turn from the cultivation of a false sense of personality to the establishment of true personality or individuality in our experience, and how do we identify the true individuality of those around us? Discernment of individual worth is seeing someone as he really is — the idea of God. This seeing of the true man is done through spiritual sense, "the spirit which is of God," that, Paul said, we have received (I Cor. 2:11). Thus we see our fellow men as ideas of God, reflecting the Father.

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