Our family lived in a small town near the mountains, and we...

Our family lived in a small town near the mountains, and we often went on outings in the forest. My main activity in childhood was bringing home small wild creatures—which eventually died—and shooting.

However, in Christian Science Sunday School I was being taught that man is spiritual and is governed by divine Love. A certain passage in Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy was very special to me. It reads (pp. 469–470): "With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science."

In my teens, as I struggled to let the Christ govern me all day long, my destructiveness gradually faded. Walking and hiking are still satisfying, but nature now makes me feel an appreciation of its beauty, not a desire to possess or destroy. I have no desire to shoot a gun for any reason.

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July 12, 1975

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