True Independence

Independence is based on dependence. Does this statement read like double-talk? It may at first glance, but if one searches more deeply, he will see that the independence of an individual or a nation is always founded on some measure of dependence on God, divine Principle. Individually or collectively true liberty must be based on integrity and justice, both of which have their source in the divine Mind.

The truly free man is he who recognizes his utter dependence on the creative Principle that forms him, and then lives the implications of this relationship in everyday life. Also the freest nation is that one in which the highest percentage of its citizens acknowledge the government of God in some degree and strive to express justice and decency in their private and public affairs.

Through the study of Christian Science one may learn how true independence may be gained. This Science teaches that freedom is not to be equated with self-willed license or a cold individualism that ignores the rights and happiness of others. Such an attitude would be bondage, not freedom. It would indicate a dependence on material ways and means that would rob one of his spiritual birthright as the individual expression of infinite Being, or divine Love. Mrs. Eddy writes, "Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love."
Science and Health, p. 106;

February 15, 1969

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