I came across these timely passages today. I really appreciate how apropos the message is…it still rings true today.
Other Ways than by War, Boston Herald, March, 1898
“In reply to your question, ‘Should difficulties between the United States and Spain be settled peacefully by statesmanship and diplomacy, in a way honorable and satisfactory to both nations?’ I will say I can see no other way of settling difficulties between individuals and nations than by means of their wholesome tribunals, equitable laws, and sound, well-kept treaties.
A bullet in a man’s heart never settles the question of his life. The mental animus goes on, and urges that the answer to the sublime question as to man’s life shall come from God and that its adjustment shall be according to His laws. The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations. Killing men is not consonant with the higher law whereby wrong and injustice are righted and exterminated.
Whatever weighs in the eternal scale of equity and mercy tips the beam on the right side, where the immortal words and deeds of men alone can settle all questions amicably and satisfactorily…
The government of divine Love is supreme. Love rules the universe, and its edict hath gone forth: ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,’ and ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’…”
–by Mary Baker Eddy
2 thoughts on “Peace and War”
Thanks for this, Lindsay.I hadn’t read it in awhile. I have always appreciated the idea the “A bullet in the heart never settles the question of a man’s life.”
You’re welcome, Michelle. I agree. It shows that death isn’t a problem solver (otherwise death would be a better friend than Life) even though we may think it has alleviated our problems temporarily. The problems return until they have been overturned through Christ and divine Love – through a change in our thought.