Why Take a Radical Stand?

In our aviary the most determined birds win the highest perches and take the first baths. When two baby zebra finches joined the throng, they stood lowest in the pecking order until the day they took their stand. That day they began to build a nest, a nest they defended against every bird every moment of the day. The zebras defend their rights. And they succeeded.

There are all sorts of arguments to make us think we cannot stand for our right to health, love, and success. Sometimes we let ourselves be pushed to the lowest point, the bottom of the pecking order, so to speak. What we need to do to reverse our experience is to take a radical stand. We stand on the basis that God includes and encompasses all, so that injustice cannot be a reality. It cannot persuade us to believe in it. It is the dust of nothingness.

Only as we accept an intruder into our home—our thinking—can he harm us. The intruder may be a thought based on physical sense: we hear an unkind criticism, see some selfish action, and believe we are irritated or fearful. Mrs. Eddy says, "A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation." Science and Health, p. 263;

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November 16, 1974

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