Several years ago, after graduating from high school, I enrolled...

Several years ago, after graduating from high school, I enrolled in a technical school to audit a few courses. The first day of classes I felt very critical of almost everyone in the school. There was quite a mixture of colors, nationalities, and backgrounds. Many were high-school dropouts, and I was surrounded by what I felt were lower-class, uneducated people. At least that is how I saw them at the time.

The first day was miserable. I kept thinking that someone might try to grab my purse or start harassing me, and I was beginning to feel I had really made a mistake enrolling in the school. Certainly I was far above most of the other students in education and good breeding—or so I considered myself. I indulged this mortal and misleading view of my fellow students, along with fear and unhappiness, for the whole day.

The following morning, as I headed for school, truths that I had learned in my Christian Science Sunday School class began to spiritualize my thought. I started realizing how wrong my previous day's outlook had been. I was identifying myself spiritually as the perfect, loving, intelligent reflection of God; but all the others had been relegated to a mortal status, and they were suspect of being immoral and not too bright.

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August 4, 1980

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