"Laying the axe at the root"

Anyone interested in gardening knows that the way to get rid of a plant or a weed is to uproot it or to destroy the roots. Similar activity is useful to us in metaphysics when we are seeking to eliminate wrong beliefs from human thought and experience. It is not sufficient to destroy just the visible manifestations or to abstain from visible expression of error; we must get at the root and remove any seeming cause for evil. When this work is faithfully done, there will be no outward experience of evil.

Latent beliefs have a way of showing up in one's life if they are not disposed of effectively. The area of so-called unconscious thought is a field that is explored endlessly by the advocates of psychology. But the only way really to dispose of error is to get at the root of it, namely, the belief that there is a mind apart from God. This is the basic error.

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