The right and the wrong image

Recently my wife, a good friend of ours, and I went to see a marvelous river and its scenic setting, which up to then we had known only from descriptions and reports. We were aware how much had changed in that area during the last few decades, but our readiness to discover things of beauty in the present surroundings brought us much joy and gratitude.

What a contrast our cheerful spirits were to the disappointed and discontented looks of a couple who wanted to see characteristics of the area that had disappeared over the years. Even our pointing out to them the lovely and picturesque things to be seen did not dispel their disappointment. This small episode illustrates how different ways of observing a picture, a landscape, or a situation can lead to completely different evaluations.

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy uses the term image many times to describe man. For example, in the spiritual explanation of man, she writes, "The compound idea of infinite Spirit; the spiritual image and likeness of God; the full representation of Mind" (p. 591).

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March 18, 1996

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