The past—a "record of dreams"

However authentic a novel may seem, the events as described never really took place. The same is true of the story of one's mortal past, as Christian Science shows. But there's an important difference: people know the novels they read are fictional, whereas they think the story of their material past is true—an inerasable sequence of events that has shaped them into what they are today.

Most people think of man as a mortal, a product of material circumstances. Originated by human parents and born into matter, this mortal is said to be conditioned by his heredity and environment—molded by genes and experience and education into a unique material personality. It is not surprising that those who accept this view of man regard the mortal as a major, irreversible factor in their present existence.

Mind's unstoppable action
April 9, 1979

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