To those who don't wear glasses (and those who do)

The Christian Scientist who wears glasses does not accept this material aid as a genuine solution to impaired vision. Frankly, he sees it as a compromise. He defines it as a compromise because he understands that the real need is for spiritual healing; and he knows the importance of never drifting into a comfortable dependency on matter to normalize his sense of vision.

But wait a minute. What about the Christian Scientist who doesn't wear glasses? How much is he depending on matter—on a pair of corporeal organs—to give him vision? It's possible he may be accepting a subtle or unconscious dependency on matter that is fundamentally similar to the kind his glasses-wearing friends need to guard against. Any elementary or continuing or deepening dependency on matter goes against the grain of our growing trust in Spirit.

Remembering justice
October 31, 1983

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