As one does his best before God to sweep gracefully about life's crowded dance floor, he is sorry to tread painfully, now and then, upon the tender toes of fellow dancers. It is not intentional, but he must, as Thoreau wrote: ". . . step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Some comments on the previous entry have vindicated and validated one overriding theme of several recent, and even earlier, entries that extremely insidious and malignant aggressive mental suggestion or malicious animal magnetism has stealthily and subtly invaded, pervaded, stupefied, and stultified many Christian Scientists over the past few, if not many, decades.
It is surely no secret that some churches have been limping and slouching along dispiritedly for years. Could anyone reasonably contend that vibrancy and vitality characterize the present overall state of things? Dogged and dejected hanging on and resentful defensiveness are not Christian Science, nor is tacitly accepting a gloomy material picture any justification for doing one's duty poorly.
Mrs. Eddy states emphatically: "It is Christian Science to do right, and nothing short of right-doing has any claim to the name." (S&H 448: 28-30) She also alludes to the unacceptability of "work badly done or left undone" (S&H 6: 6-10), calling it an "offence". To point this out, as the previous entry attempted to do, is hardly malpractice.
Intead of trying to justify stumbling along blindly in old ruts and indulging numbing mediocrity, one might do well, instead, to strive to bring Christliness, freshness, inspiration, spontaneity, and love to his every thought and action. This is not only possible, but the duty of any genuine Christian Scientist. "The talents He gives we must improve." (S&H 6: 6-7) We should quit letting matter's dolorous and discouraging music mesmerize us into a catatonic acquiescence to mortal mind's claims.
If saying this is someone's idea of malpractice, so be it. To say what is needful is still needful.