This morning Myriam Betouche published an article on the Christian Science Monitor website discussing the spiritual basis for valuing ourselves and each other while thriving together. Inspired by her country, she goes on to state:
In the wake of France’s celebration as two-time champion of the soccer World Cup (1998 and 2018), many are surfing on a wave of optimism that the momentum of hope and pride might help heal economic and social fractures, especially among French youth.
Recent TV coverage highlighted the intelligent, mature, and successful nature of the racially diverse team, despite its youth. One of the key players shared with the reporter what animated him: “I feel pride inside.”
This contrasts strikingly with the feeling that has been expressed by many disillusioned young people, that they don’t really “belong.” But I believe all of us are valuable, throughout all times and despite the distinct geography of our origins, and we can realize this by considering a more universal and spiritual sense of our identity.
Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy, who founded The Christian Science Monitor with the object “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind,” wrote in her revolutionary book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “In Science man is the offspring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry. His origin is not, like that of mortals, in brute instinct, nor does he pass through material conditions prior to reaching intelligence. Spirit is his primitive and ultimate source of being; God is his Father, and Life is the law of his being” (p. 63).
To identify one’s true source as Spirit (another name for the one God) equips us to see and value within ourselves (and others) the “beautiful, good, and pure” qualities that are natural in each of us. At the same time this enables us to reject their opposites, such as hatred or anger, and to better contribute to our communities in ways that promote unity and harmony, even amid diversity. This instinctive ability comes to the seeking heart in all climes and of all the various races that might coexist in a country.