Material, human existence should be orderly and peaceful, but orderly and peaceful material existence is not the Way or the way to the Way. For most of mankind, even in the most pleasant times and circumstances the harrowing vicissitudes of matter, of mortal mind, hold sway, a fantastic simulacrum peopled with the golems of mystification. These phantasms are entirely false and unreal and subservient to the putative juggernaut of the lie of life in matter with its multitudinous fears.
Mr. Hartsook's latest issue of "The Banner" should disabuse us of any pollyannish hope that the ongoing Walpurgisnacht in Boston is going to "melt,/Thaw and resolve itself into a dew" anytime soon. That unholy madness will only pass away when echt Christian Scientists prayerfully unsee it and live Love and Christ to the exclusion of anything else.
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The position taken by a comment to the second entry previous to this one that pablum (my term) has its place in the periodicals is a precarious one. When did pap ever really benefit "honest seekers for Truth"? "Fruitage" in S&H [the italics command refuses to cooperate, not for the first time] is a record of wonderful healings from those who only had the book. No class instruction, no Prose Works, no practitioners, not even an experienced Scientist to talk to. Even the relatively buff writing in the periodicals in those early days was apparently unknown or unavailable.
The more recent homeopathic version of "The Christian Science Standard of Healing" illustrates the peril to which bromidic fluff can abandon the unwary or uninformed when what they need is pure, healing, and straightforward truths. And there is no better place to go for those than Mrs. Eddy, and her writings and the Bible should be dog-eared vade mecums for any Christian Scientist. Judicious reading in the periodicals can be helpful, but it isn't essential. Reading the Peel biography of MBE would probably be more fruitful. Also, as Dr. John Tutt has written, probably more than once, "the readiness is all". Dumbing down will still not benefit Alfred and Alice Unready.