The Question of Re-education

Little do people in general realize that their material sense of things is an educated belief and that to rid themselves of the limitations and woes incidental to human life they must be re-educated, must learn to view everything through spiritual sense. From infancy, the mortal self takes in the material impressions surrounding it, is convinced of the genuineness of these impressions, and learns to act from the basis of matter's supposed reality.

Christian Science explains the falsity of material sense impressions and exposes the counterfeit nature of the mortal, or carnal, mind that produces them. Mary Baker Eddy uses the case of Kaspar Hauser to illustrate her teachings on this subject. According to the accounts of his life, more than a century ago this unfortunate boy was incarcerated at an early age and was not permitted to leave his dungeon until he was about seventeen. When found, he had the mentality of a child. Deprived of light and proper food, his senses rebelled at natural conditions.

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy shows that this boy's history hints the inadequacy of mortal mind. She says (p. 194), "It proves beyond a doubt that education constitutes this so-called mind, and that, in turn, mortal mind manifests itself in the body by the false sense it imparts."

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Do Not Fear, Hate, or Ignore Evildoers
October 15, 1960

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