Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The 'Creative Principle' We Reflect

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The 'Creative Principle' We Reflect

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In a recent editorial, the Monitor wrote on an agreement between the United States and China "to work together to fight the theft of commercial secrets in cyberspace," noting that it "signals to countries, companies, and individuals that they must develop their own creativity - rather than steal ideas and technology from others" ("The best answer to commercial cybertheft," CSMonitor.com).

The editorial board also observed, "The pact will only succeed if Chinese leaders now understand their people are quite capable of generating creative ideas, more so than stealing from others."

This capability doesn't belong just to people of a certain nationality or in a certain line of work; it applies to all of us. As I read the editorial, I couldn't help thinking of this statement by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science: "The creative Principle[226 128 137 ]-[226 128 137 ]Life, Truth, and Love[226 128 137 ]-[226 128 137 ]is God" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 502). God being the creative Principle, the only creator, then His creative activity must be as inexhaustibly infinite as God Himself is.

Furthermore, God, divine Mind, is eternally expressing Himself in us, His spiritual children, made in His image and likeness. "Man reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love," states Science and Health (p. 94). This means that qualities such as creativity - and the discernment to know how to express it in a unique, inspired way - are innate in everyone. They can't be inhibited any more than our relationship to God could disintegrate.

In the Bible, we read: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good" (Ephesians 4:28). We don't need to steal others' work or ideas to get ahead, because the true source of creative activity is not a human personality or a particular brain - it's the divine Mind we all reflect. …

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