Giving Up "Two-stick" Thinking

I was representing my government in the Far East in an international council dealing with the supply and marketing of an essential metal. A state of complete deadlock among the delegates had been reached, with no government willing to yield and all seeking the optimum production quota for themselves. I was asked to retire with the representatives of the other producer countries and come back with a solution.

The situation seemed grim and unyielding. It was clear to me that the need was for a more spiritual, less limited, view of a supply problem, and I prayed for the solution. These words from the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, helped clear my thinking: "Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action."Science and Health, p. 454;

During the several hours of patient deliberation, examining the claims of each party, I held to the truth that God, divine Love, supplies infinite good. Suddenly the adamant demand of self-interest yielded to a compromise satisfactory to all, including, incidentally, the delegations from the consuming countries. Thinking and planning based on a material, limited outlook on resources had given way to a higher, freer one, which helped bring about good for all.

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A Home with a View
July 13, 1974

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