Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

United for Global Good

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

United for Global Good

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As more and more businesses are affected by higher prices for fuel and related products, governments are taking steps to help them. In Japan, 30 percent to 40 percent of the cost of running a fishing boat is fuel. So when prices go up sharply, the impact on that business is direct and immediate. This past summer, the Japanese government considered helping the fishing industry through subsidies.

An editorial written on Asahi.com at the time the issue was being debated, however, noted that subsidies may not be a long-term solution because of the cost and also the dependency that builds up around them ("Subsidies for fishermen," Aug. 2). They are not alone in having these concerns. And issues such as the housing crisis in the United States are affecting other nations as well. There's no question that some of the best thinkers in these countries are devoting long hours to finding solutions that will work for them and also help the overall world economy, on which we all depend. One way we can assist them is through prayer. As the Bible puts it, we should pray "for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty" (I Tim. 2:2).

Our prayers may take different directions, depending on the concerns that are most important to us, but one helpful thought is a concept articulated by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper and discovered Christian Science. One of her books is called "Unity of Good"; this title alone offers a profound message of hope. Each nation, each individual, is united not by the troubles we seem to have in common, but by a growing desire for good and our right to see that good expressed in our lives.

While goodness may seem to have a material basis, many of us would agree that love, peace, joy, intelligence, patience, and so forth are key to long-lasting happiness. This shows that good has a spiritual basis and that it comes from an infinite source, called God, or divine Mind. …

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