If as a result of some computation hijinks you found your check register balance was a few hundred dollars short, would you lapse into despair and abandon hope of ever getting the missing money back? Obviously not, since a few calm minutes with a pencil (or pen or calculator) would undoubtedly restore the phantom loss. So why are we so often cowed, disheartened, and discouraged by an equally phantom loss of health, security, or peace of mind?
Mrs. Eddy asks essentially the same question, though with greater Scientific precision: " . . . why should we stand aghast at nothingness?" (S&H 563: 7) We stand aghast at the nothingness of matter because we have been thoroughly indoctrinated over many years in mortal mind's ubiquitous classrooms to fear, obey, and respect all the falsities that accompany a belief in material existence. These false beliefs cling to each of us with varying degrees of tenacity, but 10,000 x 4=39,000 is no more real an error than 10 x 4=39 or 0 x 0=1. Why count the teeth in the beast facing you if not one of them can ever bite God's man? It is only false beliefs derived from a misbegotten education that make us fear matter's putative savagery. Let us once again thank our Leader for and perhaps mosey around to acting on her wise statement: "The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease." (S&H 62:4-7) A childlike thought should also qualify for re-education.
Even those of us who avoided a summa cum laude degree in false education can undoubtedly do a better job of ridding ourselves of what we did acquire, course by course, and replacing depraved thoughts with an abiding consciousness of Truth, Life, and Love. We must now and forever sit enraptured at the feet of Christ and drop out of the sordid classrooms of mortal mind, however compelling they may seem.