The question of drinking

The trouble is, for the Christian Scientist, it just isn't as simple as deciding whether or not to have an occasional drink. Some people hold that a bit of liquid called alcohol, taken moderately, isn't going to be physiologically or psychologically devastating. But it's not the drink itself that's devastating; it's what is symbolized by taking that drink.

There are few freedoms as valuable as the capacity to think clearly, to think without ambiguity and confusion. In a fundamental sense, the use of alcohol represents a concept. It symbolizes a method (one with deep roots) of relinquishing mental freedom. It illustrates a specific way that people grant matter the capacity to affect their thought-process—or even to control it.

Hallowed be Love
October 11, 1982

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