A Logical Analysis of Violence

Analyzing Violence without emotion

Let’s look closer at the point being made in my recent video about animal magnetism. Animal magnetism is indeed very slippery. It attaches itself to our present sense of human right, and then self righteously calls itself our God-created identity.

This issue deserves our deepest metaphysical analysis, because that is what this is all about: the uncovering of malicious animal magnetism. Of course, we all oppose killing! The point in question is one of responsibility. Who and what is responsible for the commission of violent crime? To favor the control of material weapons would place the responsibility exactly where malicious animal magnetism wants it to be placed – upon matter rather than upon mortal mind.

Should we believe that the mere presence of weapons drives the criminal to his violent actions? Does matter control man’s thought? Is not divine Mind in control of all thought? Then what is it that is behind the criminal’s evil actions? Is it not evil itself , entertained in the very antipode of divine Mind, namely, in that impossibility which we call mortal mind? What drives mortal mind to a criminal act? Is it not its own false belief in evil? Of course it is, for that is all that mortal mind is capable of entertaining. It is evil, and not matter, which drives mortal mind to commit a heinous act with the hands. Is it logical Christianly scientific reasoning to assume that inanimate material objects are capable of the control of mortal thought, or in the least even influences it? Matter has no power.

Does matter think and act?

Let’s examine what Mrs. Eddy says on this subject in that important chapter of Science and Health entitled “Animal Magnetism Unmasked”. In this paragraph, we could with complete validity substitute the name of any tool of mortal mind for the word “hands”, for it is mortal mind, which directs every evil mortal act, via the hands. “Hands” directed by mortal mind operate guns, knives, baseball bats, piano wires, assemble bombs, fly airplanes into buildings, etc.

“Is it not clear that the human mind must move the body to a wicked act? Is not mortal mind the murderer? The hands, without mortal mind to direct them, could not commit a murder.” (S&H page 104:30-2)

“Can matter commit a crime? Can matter be punished? Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction? Mortal mind, not matter, is the criminal in every case; and human law rightly estimates crime, and courts reasonably pass sentence, according to the motive.” (S&H page 105:10)

Who or what is responsible for violent actions?

So, on the basis if those two quotations, who and what should we blame for an act of violence? Should we blame the hands of the murderer, the gun of the murderer, the airplane of the murderer, or the baseball bat of the murderer? Or should we blame the criminal mind? What has need of being brought under control? Is it the airplane, the knife, or the gun? Or is it the mortal mind of the criminal who entertains evil and carries it out? Which one does Mrs. Eddy tell us is the criminal, matter or mortal mind? Does she suggest the removal of the hands of the criminal, or does she suggest the eradication of evil thought through the exercise of the acknowledgment of Mind’s onlyness and omnipresence?

When we are all living spiritually and in accord with God, in His kingdom, there will be no more civil law. While we believe ourselves to be on this human plane, if we would reach that present mental realization of His kingdom here and now, our civil law must be completely and thoroughly be conformed to the divine. In order to ensure that it is so conformed, we must examine every metaphysical detail. We must ensure that we ourselves are not being duped by our own mortal presumptuous beliefs. We must become intimately familiar with the many potential detours which animal magnetism would deceptively lead us down.

Animal magnetism would reverse the purpose of the exposure of its treachery

The purpose of my video is to help to expose the deceptive treachery of malicious mortal mind. Certainly not to support killing! That is exactly the reaction mortal mind would create! Here is evil again, hiding in the clothing of goodness, the pot calling the kettle black. Mortal mind does not want man to see its deception. So, it acts through mortal man by claiming to be his own identity, holding on to deceptive false belief in the illusion of personal identity.

Evil’s misrepresentation of goodness as evil itself

This is exactly what my video is attempting to warn about. To see the treachery requires an opening of thought which mortal mind naturally resists. It requires a thorough sacrifice of human selfhood. Every human struggles with this. Evil would continue to accomplish its purpose by misrepresenting the intentions of those who would do good by exposing it. It attempts to continue its misrepresentation by falsely labeling as evil, those who work to expose its deception.

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  1. Very important to be aware of:
    “We must become intimately familiar with the many potential detours which animal magnetism would deceptively lead us down.”

    “Mortal mind does not want man to see its deception. So, it acts through mortal man by claiming to be his own identity, holding on to deceptive false belief in the illusion of personal identity.”

    Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Dear Stirling: This follow up to your earlier discussion on recognizing and handling animal magnetism is very thoughtfully presented and I thank you for sharing this with us. As I read this, I was reminded of the duties of a watchman that are referenced in the book of Ezekiel in the Bible. As Christian Scientists we take this role of watching thought very seriously, as your posting here illustrates.

    This then led me to this passage from Pulpit and Press 14:29-15:21 [Which illustrates the duties of a watchman] Mrs. Eddy writes: “Many are willing to open the eyes of the people to the power of good resident in divine Mind, but they are not so willing to point out the evil in human thought, and expose evil’s hidden mental ways of accomplishing iniquity. [Aggressive mental suggestion] Why this backwardness, since exposure is necessary to ensure the avoidance of the evil? Because people like you better when you tell them their virtues than when you tell them their vices. It requires the spirit of our blessed Master to tell a man his faults, and so risk human displeasure for the sake of doing right and benefiting our race. Who is telling mankind of the foe in ambush? Is the informer one who sees the foe? If so, listen and be wise. Escape from evil, and designate those as unfaithful stewards who have seen the danger and yet have given no warning. “

    And it was in obedience to this sense of duty that Stirling and I were led to have this discussion in the first place. Now its up to all of us, as followers of this Blog/Newsletter to go and do likewise, and carry the torch forward…..

  3. Thank you so much for all of the supportive comments. Mrs. Eddy uses virtually the same words on page 571 of Science and Health regarding the foe in ambush. The foe will always attempt to defend its imagined selfhood by accusing its whistle blower of evil. But none of these attacks have anything at all to do with God’s man. They are but the impersonal effects of evil, masquerading as person. They are but displays of the imagined man’s counterfeit power, man’s negated counterfeit sham of a man whom we call “mortal” man.

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