I am glad that my parting remark in the second entry before this one was not, apparently, greatly misinterpreted. I intended to put a note on the last entry, but Concerned must have had me in a hopeless tizzy. My remark was aimed at the proliferating kudzu, and that seems to have been understood in spite of a few angry gibes.
Concerned's latest remarks are interesting and obviously sincere. I may be wrong, but Concerned may be of a later generation or two than I, a generation which might not view, say, '50's Sentinels and Journals as superior in all respects to those today. I believe the goal of Christian Science and the periodicals is to attract those very few "honest seekers for Truth", not everyone who can be dragooned into joining ready or not. One million new "members" with scant interest in or understanding of Christian Science would not somehow result in a critical mass reaction leading to a revitilization of the Church (though Concerned made no such claim).
I do feel Concerned is inclined to cut the Board too much slack. They don't seem to mind slicing themselves a most generous piece of the financial pie, but come up way short (I think) where blessings and benefits to Christian Science and the Church are concerned. Of course it's a huge challenge, but truly honest "Directors" would compensate themselves as businesses do for their top executives: offer a very modest base salary and then set some challenging--repeat, challenging--goals and pay a bonus only on their achievement. That would certainly separate genuine pontifices from phony panhandlers, but that is not going to happen where those who make the rules also get to referee the game.
I'll step aside and let our Leader squeeze in a few words: "To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it, is a sovereign panacea." (Mis 355: 16-18) The whole crackerjack article ("The Way"), from which this quote comes, needs in fact to be burned into my consciousness. No one would ever lose a thing by forgetting me and reading her. She is indeed the quill.