Man Is Not a Statistic

The business world largely subscribes to the policy of compulsory retirement on the basis of age. This policy theorizes that beyond a certain point the individual, having passed his best productive years, should be released to rest to pursue less demanding activity and at the same time to provide an opening for one of fresher outlook and greater physical stamina. This theory, based on statistics, deals with numerical averages similar to those employed in determing life expectancy, or the average number of years generally allotted to humans. In short, this system of retirement anticipates limited ability and life expectancy.

To the student of Christian Science this concept offers an opportunity to prove the words of Mrs. Eddy: "Time-tables of birth and death are so many conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise." Science and Health, p. 246; Having stated the problem, she then turns our thought in characteristic fashion to the solution. the truth which uplifts and heals, in these words: "Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness."

Knowing, Being, and Doing
April 15, 1967

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