Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

My Role in the Future of Iraq ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

My Role in the Future of Iraq ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Columnist David Brooks recently wrote a piece in The New York Times titled, "The past meets the future," in which the "past" and the "future" discuss how to approach the problems in Iraq (April 13).

The "past" argues that the situation in Iraq is characteristic of an "unbroken pattern." Brooks quotes from an essay by Elie Kedourie that, in Brooks's words, "shows the whole history of Iraq is a story of 'bloodshed, treason and rapine.' " As a result, "we need to change our mentality, scale back to more realistic expectations."

In contrast, the "future" draws on insights from the Exodus story in the Bible as an illustration of how to effect positive change. The future says, in Brooks's words, "The Exodus story reminds us that human beings can transform themselves and their situations. It reminds us that people who embark on generational journeys are the realistic ones, because they are the ones who see all the possibilities the future contains."

After reading the essay, I found myself asking, "How can I practically support a move toward more freedom, justice, and peace in Iraq and in other troubled parts of the world?"

The founder of the Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, believed in the capacity of humanity to resist the gravitational pull of evil. In her view, evil needs to be exposed, not ignored, but it doesn't have the last word. She enlisted her students and readers in overcoming the threats of evil.

In her book "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she wrote, "In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will, self-justification, and self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death" (p. 242).

While I can take action to support practical policies related to Iraq that I feel are most productive, I can do more. Much more. I can contribute to the lessening of destructive human traits by striving to overcome them in myself and in my immediate sphere of influence. …

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