Moral and Spiritual Values in Industry

Industrial organization in a free-enterprise economy may be compared to a three-legged stool. The three legs—stockholders, labor, and the corporation—must be properly balanced, and there must be a right relationship between them if industry, like the stool, is to serve a useful purpose. The role of management is to keep these three in proper relationship to each other. Decisions affecting such diverse interests must be worked out in terms of the moral and spiritual values involved.

Although moral and spiritual values are not identical, Christian Science shows that they are God-derived and inseparable. Spiritual values—perfection, for example—are absolute. Moral values, such as honesty, are relative. Again, Christian Science points to the fact that the moral is the application of absolute spiritual values to relative human situations. In this application spiritual values act to improve the human situation by overcoming selfishness and injustices until all interests are brought into accord with divine Principle, God. This is indicated in that portion of the Lord's Prayer which reads (Matt. 6: 10), "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."

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