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To Our Readers
What's an idealist? The American journalist and essayist H. L. Mencken had one definition. He characterized the idealist as someone "who believes that because a rose smells sweeter than a cabbage it will make better soup." Well, the best soup usually depends on who's in the kitchen. But once you've tasted the stewed cabbage at the soul food restaurant a couple of blocks from our editorial offices here in Boston, there's no way you could argue about what is more likely to be better in the soup pot—a head of cabbage or a dozen long-stem roses?!
There are certain ideals, however, that are absolutely essential to a happy, healthy life. They're spiritual ideals.
I suppose that if a person holds to more spiritual view of existence and reality, some might consider him or her to be just another kind of idealist. Yet this "idealist" knows that if you look at life essentially from the standpoint of what God actually creates and maintains, you see something entirely different about your fellow men and women. You see their inherent spirituality as the reality. A limited, material view no longer identifies who your neighbor actually is. The truth is that each individual is God's own image and likeness. This realization allows us to appreciate the real beauty and grace—in others and ourselves. And guess what? Such genuine ideals—which acknowledge that spirituality is substantial, while materiality is transient and insubstantial—are sweeter than any other. They not only make better soup; they make better lives and healthier bodies.
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To Our Readers
William E. Moody
with contributions from Daniela Radivo Harder, Judith E. Miller
items of interest
with contributions from Kathleen Parker, Jon Spayde, Tanya Back
What's good for the body—and what's not
By Geoffrey J. Barratt
THE NUTRITION TEST
You're not a victim
By Giulia N. Plum
Can society's institutions be revitalized?
By Ellen Moore Thompson
By Nancy W. Mawhinney
Your prayer—immediate help in a disaster
By Nancy Ellett Staal
What God knows about pets—and us
By Kay Ramsdell Olson
My everlasting support—God
Skin disorder cured through prayer
Pauline Elizabeth Hutchinson
Long-standing smoking and drinking habits healed
Joni Fisher Clark
Grief healed and health restored
Alice D. Walden
Recurring back pain permanently healed
Richard Louis LePoidevin
Improving the mental environment at work
By Kathleen J. Wiegand
Prayer from the heart of the workplace ...
Everyone's role in the peace process