"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." So wrote Thoreau in Walden about a century and a half ago. Yet today millions, sadly including Christians, are still on the run, remorselessly hectored and affrighted by named and nameless fears and the ruthless tyranny of medical doctors and medicine. Christian Science and the omnipotent and omnipresent Father-Mother God wait with loving patience for those "honest seekers for Truth" who humbly submit to the leading of the "kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom".
This fad and that have become the quest of desperate moments, anodynes to quiet fears and pains. Mrs. Eddy wisely warns us: "A fad of belief is the fool of mesmerism." (My 218: 22) Multitudes pass their lives drugged, stultified, and stupefied by these beckoning fads, the unholy gods they have come to cherish. Those who have named the name of Christ can help: indeed it is their duty to do so. They must follow their Shepherd and in meekly following lead others by example to the peace and safety of the fold.
The growing tendency for extremes in all things needs to be stilled. There seems to be either apathy and lethargy or murderous fanaticism and hateful bigotry. There seems to be either drought or flood, parching, cloudless skies or violent storms. The monsoons fail to arrive or they come and put half a country under water and tens of thousands perish. There seems to be less and less evidence of simple normality. One is either a hero (and the threshold for anointment these days is about the level of, well, a threshold) or a schmo. And yesterday's hotly sought dosage, dram, or diversion is found wanting today. If Christian Scientists are not willing to unsee and correct these false beliefs, who else is able to do so?
"The true Science--divine Science--will be lost sight of again unless we arouse ourselves. This demonstrating to make matter build up is not Science. The building up of churches, the writing of articles and the speaking in public is the old way of building up a cause. The way I brought this Cause into sight was through HEALING: and now these other things would come in and hide it just as was done in the time of Jesus." (MBE, "Notes on the Course in Divinity") The source of this quote may be regarded as spurious to many, but the thrust of it rings true.