Do we 'pray' in a Christian Science treatment for a personal healing? Are we saying to ourselves, individually. Are we saying to ourselves that AIDS is "my" disease, and that I want "my" body healed? Or are we aiming to heal our distorted sense of humanity, and that of all mankind?
Isn't it the universal healing that we should be aiming for, and not a personal exemption from a universal disease?
No personal exemption could ever be obtained if a disease were an element of truth. No one can be exempted from the truth. But disease isn't an element of the truth. Perfection and health are elements of the truth, and as I said, no one can be exempted from that. In healing, we are seeking out what is the truth, from which no one is exempted. In this context, personal healing is an impossibility, it would imply seeking an exemption. Christian Science healing must of necessity have a universal focus, because truth is universal.
It is in the universality of the truth that we find our individual healing as a matter of principle. This implies, concerning AIDS, that we uplift the image of humanity that many ages of false perception have torn down. We must do this honestly and this on such a wide platform that the human being stands tall in the world as the tallest form of life in our universe, even the image of God. This encompasses a vast territory. It must counter all the arguments for the killing of human beings that have ever been conjured up for some form of good. Nothing must be left standing that mars the image of man. We have to treat humanity by uplifting our sense of humanity. Only in this manner can we treat ourselves, because there exists only one single image of man, the divine image.
Towards this end, we must treat civilization itself, and ourselves as a death oriented culture.
In this context a poem comes to mind, perhaps one that has not yet been written. Each verse of the poem presents a specific denial of death as the reality of our being, and ends with the phrase, "And death shall have no dominion." Only in the last verse does the pattern change, where the ending confirms, "All is Life! Death has no dominion."
It appears to me that we are far from this final stage at which death has no dominion in our world, in our civilization, and in life. Much to the contrary.
By all accounts, we do not fear death, we worship it. Death is embraced by society as the great benefactor. People murder one another for reasons that seem good. In fact, committing 'murder for good' has become the official policy of the world's proudest nations that hail themselves as having the highest standard of morality and lecture the whole world on human rights, as does the United States of America, the great champion of the death penalty, and champion of war, champion of fire bombing, champion of Hiroshima; champion for nuclear war.
Of course, the USA is not alone in this championship, its merely leading the field today. Also, the championship is as old as the hills. Every empire in history hailed death as a protector of its power, some more, some less. Even Christianity has hailed death as its liberator from the infidels, when in historic times vast hordes of 'terminators' ravished the world in religious crusades, exterminating the unwanted.
Only when death strikes a loved one is the power of death challenged. Suddenly, death is no longer hailed by society. Sadly, that's the only occasion. In all other cases the power of death is embraced.
In the shadow of this horrendous hypocrisy it becomes exceedingly difficult for an individual to deal with death in a rational and scientific manner, and to say with joy and total honesty, all that is of value is rooted in Life, and reflects it in countless beautiful and rich forms. Then, perhaps we begin to feal that death has no dominion in our world, in our civilization, in our culture, and in our life anymore.
Until then, we, society, are giving death great dominion, and in the shadow of this death let the destruction of the image of man unfold. AIDS is the direct result of society hailing death and giving it great dominion. Depopulation projects in the order of two to four billion people have been put forward, and not many people object. We have become a culture that hails death instead of life. We count life as a liability and terminate it at the first sign to trouble. Even the American President boasts in his State of the Union address that thousands of people have been summarily killed, who in the future might have had the tendency to cause harm. Life has been thrown into the gutter, while death has been put onto the pedestal before which society kneels in solemn devotion. And this is done economically as well.
So, where do start to free ourselves from this insanity? How do we write the poem that ends: "All is Life. Death has no dominion."?
Perhaps we can begin by recognizing what Mary Baker Eddy recognized, when she said about death that it is nothing more than "the termination of the universal lie that man was born."
We are far from accepting this realization. We celebrate birthdays, in small and big way. We put candles of our birthday cakes that represent of life, then we light them symbolically, and blow them out ceremoniously, just as we blow out the life of nations.
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