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Respect for conscience
Respect for one another and for our shared environment makes living together—whether in the same house, in the same community, or on the same planet—more enjoyable and more productive. And mutual respect opens the way for us to get down to the serious business of listening to each other and working together to solve our mutual problems. Yet one of the most important places to begin is in gaining respect for one's own conscience—the inner urging to be good and do what is right.
Each of us has ample opportunity every day to be more responsive to conscience. And it's not hard to imagine how much good could be accomplished if we each would heed our conscience consistently. One instance comes to mind from my teenage years. I had been invited by friends to spend the day on their boat on beautiful Lake Minnetonka, not far from my home near Minneapolis. When I looked for a place to dispose of the wrappers from my chewing gum, I was told just to toss them into the lake. I did, and it troubled me. I couldn't help thinking what would happen over a course of time if people kept throwing even little bits of trash into the lake. Today—now that "pollution" is a common concern— that small incident serves to remind me how important it is to listen to the voice of conscience and pay heed to it in my daily conduct.
Did you ever think of faithfully responding to conscience as a divine right? As the right to know and do the will of God? In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience."
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FROM THE EDITORS
Prayer and the environment
Nancy Goodman Tucher
No nuclear midnight in God's care
Rosalie E. Dunbar
On the Pulse of Morning
An excerpt from the poem by Maya Angelou
Letters to the PRESS—and other articles
with contributions from Linda Shaver
Healing at home, healing in the world
Root out the dandelions!
Robert A. Moss
FROM HAND TO HAND
"In earth, as it is in heaven"
William E. Moody
Respect for conscience
Barbara M. Vining
Having loved and studied Christian Science for over fifty...
Helen Swanson Ruhl
Can God bring healing to a situation that appears beyond...
Jeffrey L. Plum
At one time I had the desire to become a member of a...
Sally Ann Beale
Our family has enjoyed innumerable blessings through the...
Patsy F. Laughridge