Human Violence: Is Matter, or is Evil to Blame?

Objections to  metaphysical analyses answered

The author has received several objections to recent metaphysical analyses on this blog, which aim to expose the subtle and hidden operations of animal magnetism in human thought with respect to current social issues.  Because the analyses were metaphysically and logically based, it is not clear just what response that those who object to it are expecting to hear.  But the objections cannot be left unanswered.  Previous articles presented clear and concise metaphysical analyses, based squarely and firmly upon the Christian Science textbook, with respect to the operation of animal magnetism.   If those analyses are not firmly and squarely based in Mrs. Eddy’s logic, the author certainly does invite objectors to clearly point out in a logical fashion how and where  they are in error.  However, no objector has been able to do that, or has made the effort to do so.  That is because the foundations of the previous articles are impersonally based upon Mrs. Eddy’s foundation, and that platform is sound.   The author stands firm with every one of Mrs. Eddy’s statements in her chapter Animal Magnetism Unmasked.

Every Element of Discord in Human Experience is Animal Magnetism Itself

In truth, just as soon as we admit that we are living and breathing in a material body, we are already wrapped in animal magnetism.  The defeat of animal magnetism is the very basis of every healing of every human issue in Christian Science.  There is never a human issue or situation in which animal magnetism is not a factor.  An admission that animal magnetism is not a factor in the influence of any and every human thought about any and every human issue is the very expectation and hope of evil!   Evil wants to silently and subtly bring down Christian Science.   Its best hope is to catch us unaware.  It wants us to fail to realize its subtle and malicious influence, while interpreting its operation as goodness.  That is precisely what my previous blogs were written to  point out.  Only powerless animal magnetism itself could refuse to recognize that fact.

How does evil try to cause us to fail to see its operation?

How does evil try to make us fail to see its influence?  It does this by attaching itself to our false sense of personal self.  It attempts to make us believe that our own personal sense, our own human thought, is our identity; and it knows that we certainly would not be willing to give up what we firmly believe to be our own selfhood.   It does this by reminding us that we are accomplished and confident Christian Scientists, and by falsely suggesting to us that we are not, or could not possibly be under its influence.  This is the subtle trickery which previous articles aim to expose. What more useful trick could evil dream up, than to cause us to believe in evil under the pretense that it is actually goodness!?  Evil’s objections to being exposed are made manifest in forms of denial and personal self-justification. Both are  personal characteristics, neither of which are qualities of God’s man.

The true practice of Christian Science healing always involves the defeat of animal magnetism

The realization of this truth, that our work is actually in continually defeating animal magnetism,  IS the true practice of Christian Science.  The very suggestion that we are human beings and that we entertain human thoughts and opinions IS animal magnetism itself.  The very suggestion that things are comprised of matter IS evil, and it is sanctioned by animal magnetism.  Every single human event is animal magnetism made manifest.  It is evil brought to human consciousness and made manifest in the belief that it is our experience.

The belief that a massacre took place is animal magnetism.  God knows no massacre, and God knows no resulting death from massacre.  So, how are we to respond to the malicious suggestion of massacre and death, which we know as nothingness in the kingdom of God?  Are we as Christian Scientists to respond to it with human laws which sanction the power of matter and make more real to human consciousness its claim to a horrific presence?  Or, are we, as Christian Scientists, to elevate consciousness to the level of the divine, and to tackle the real culprit, evil itself? Would not this elevation of consciousness above the belief in the experience of horrible events bring not only bring healing to the apparent victims of this event, but also serve to remove the false belief in and fear of its recurrence?  Just how do Christian Scientists approach such an objective?  Is it by diving into the shallows of materialistic blame and belief, or is it by rising above the entire lie by the mental exposure of its nothingness?

There is no human history

These massacres are nothing more than malicious evil suggestions.  God does not know them as history, and neither does God’s spiritual man know them.  Who knows them?  Mortal man knows them.  Human beings, living in the belief of dualism, know them.  As Christian Scientists, are we to know ourselves as human beings, or as God’s man?   God does not even know human history.  Human history is comprised of the records of human thought.  In Retrospection and Introspection  Mrs. Eddy’s says

“It is well to know, dear reader, that our material, mortal history is but the record of dreams, not of man’s real existence, and the dream has no place in the Science of being.”

Mrs. Eddy’s own words about animal magnetism

Here are again the relevant quotations, plus a few more from the same chapter, which serve to even more strongly support the position that it is the criminal mind which needs to come under the influence of law, and not the material objects called guns which need to come under the influence of law.

“The mild forms of animal magnetism are disappearing, and its aggressive features are coming to the front.  The looms of crime, hidden in the dark recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more complicated and subtle.  So secret are the present methods of animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires.”

“Mankind must learn that evil is not power.  Its so-called despotism is but a phase of nothingness”

How are we viewing these horrific tragedies?  As powerful?  As somethingness?

The destruction of the claims of mortal mind through Science, by which man can escape from sin and mortality, blesses the whole human family.  As in the beginning, however, this liberation does not scientifically show itself in a knowledge of both good and evil, for the latter is unreal”

In our view of these senseless shootings, are we knowing the invalidity of the evil claim, or seeing the tragedies as the appearance of a significant evil power?  The latter is unreal.

In reality there is no mortal mind, and consequently no transference of mortal thought and will-power.  Life and being are of God.  In Christian Science, man can do no harm, for scientific thoughts are true thought, passing from God to man.”

What is the identity of the man who is supposed to have carried out these atrocities?  Is mortal mind his identity?  Or , is he God’s man?  How are we consciously viewing him?  Who did harm?  Was harm done in the perspective of God?  Can harm be done from the perspective of God?  As Christian Scientists, our duty is to be God’s man, and to see from God’s perspective.

The Real Meat

Here is Mrs. Eddy’s real meat on this issue:

Our courts recognize evidence to prove the motive as well as the commission of a crime.

When a crime is committed, what is the motive?  Is not the motive the culprit? An error beheld in mortal mind?  Can anything more than that erroneous evil influence the criminal mind?  Can a weapon influence the criminal mind?  Is there intelligence in matter?

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”’

The above sentence is the crux of the human misunderstanding in this issue, and is the platform upon which animal magnetism bases its entire claim.  Obviously, hands, without a mortal mind to direct them are just inanimate hands.  If a mortal (to human sense) commits a murder by strangulation, does the court pass judgment upon the criminal mind, who  performed the act of strangling, or does it condemn the hands which the mortal mind directed to commit the murder?   Is it not quite clear what Mrs. Eddy is pointing out here?   This, right here, is where animal magnetism is injecting itself into the entire human misunderstanding of the present issue.

Courts and juries judge and sentence mortals in order to restrain crime, to prevent deeds of violence or to punish them”

Where is the emphasis placed in dealing with the crime?  Is it upon the material tool used by the criminal, or is it upon mortal mind?

To say that these tribunals have no jurisdiction over the carnal and mortal mind, would be to contradict precedent and to admit that the power of human law is restricted to matter, while mortal mind, evil, which is the real outlaw, defies justice and is recommended to mercy

Here is yet another key sentence which reveals exactly where animal magnetism is grasping in its misdirected human analysis of these shootings.  Animal magnetism says that human law is restricted to the power of matter.  It falsely attaches power to matter, to the gun, and to the criminal’s hands.  But without mortal mind to direct them, the hands and the gun are not parties to the crime.

Can matter commit a crime?  Can you separate the mentality from the body over which courts hold jurisdiction?”

Thinking Christian Scientists who understand animal magnetism, answer these two questions!  Answer them with the deepest of thought!

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.”

(All of the above quotations are from pages 102 through 105 of Science and Health)

What more can be said?

Need more be said?  Could Mrs. Eddy have stated any more clearly that it is mortal kind, and not inanimate material objects, hands, guns, knives, etc., which commit the murder?  Is there some kind of misinterpretation in this analysis?  Readers are invited to expose any error in the analysis, for our objective in Christian Science is always to expose the truth and only the truth.   One would necessarily need to disagree with Mrs. Eddy’s above conclusions in order to object to the conclusions made in previous blogs, for they do nothing more than parrot her conclusions about the operation of animal magnetism.

Emotionalism and sensationalism

Of course, we are all free to humanly disagree, but disagreements hold no water unless they are based upon provable and logical principled analysis.  To say something along the lines of “I care, and that is the basis of my support for the removal of guns, because I know that guns are associated with killing, and I am a responsible person, and responsible persons and Christians oppose killing” is not logical reasoning. It is human thinking which unwittingly supports the false recognition of  tragedy as validity.   We are not mortal men.  We are spiritual man.   Tragedy is opposed to God and is a concept beheld in mortal mind.  Through every review of that chapter on animal magnetism,  the revealing words of Mrs. Eddy continue to stand out, shining clearly and strongly as the answer to this issue.   Matter is not the criminal.  Mortal mind is the culprit in every case.

Mrs. Eddy completely understood the subtle operation of animal magnetism, and she explained it to us in every detail of its operation in that very important chapter in Science and Health.  It is our duty to find “the word” in her words, and to use it to elevate human experience out of mortality into divinity.

Mortal minds primary tool is animal magnetism.  It  would erroneously convince human beings that evil is actually goodness.  Via animal magnetism, evil presents itself to human consciousness  falsely cloaked as God’s goodness.   And this it does in every single aspect of our human consciousness.  Animal magnetism is prolifically influential in every aspect of conscious human experience.

If we feel that we are not yet fully conscious of the kingdom of heaven,  we can be assured that we are being influenced by animal magnetism

We are really kidding ourselves if we say that we are not being influenced by animal magnetism, regardless of the subject under discussion.  When we are finally truly free of animal magnetism, we will no longer experience any human issues with which to deal, for at that point of understanding we will understand ourselves to be free of the illusion of life in matter, and abiding in the kingdom of heaven.

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2 comments on “Human Violence: Is Matter, or is Evil to Blame?

  1. Stirling:
    Thank you for taking the time to compile this excellent reply to criticism received. The first thought that came to me was, we’re really talking about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Which led to my finding Mrs. Eddy’s reference shown here and where she then explains, “error always strives to unite, in a definition of purpose, with Truth, to give it buoyancy…”: Misc. Writ 370:20-371:21 — What figure is less favorable than a wolf in sheep’s clothing? ….To sympathize in any degree with error, is not to rectify it; but error always strives to unite, in a definition of purpose, with Truth, to give it buoyancy. What is under the mask, but error in borrowed plumes?
    Then I revisited certain passages that have been helpful to me in my study of animal magnetism and how best to discern and handle it. These are listed here.

    Thank you again Stirling, your love and generosity is obvious.

    My: 212:14 The question is often asked, Why is there so much dissension among mental practitioners? We answer, because they do not practice in strict accordance with the teaching of Christian Science Mind-healing. If they did, there would be unity of action……and so would recognize and resist the animal magnetism by which they are being deceived and misled.

    My: 211:12 Animal magnetism, in its ascending steps of evil, entices its victim by unseen, silent arguments [aggressive mental suggestions]…… reversing the modes of good…… it impels mortal mind into error of thought, and tempts into the committal of acts foreign to the natural inclinations. The victims…… lend themselves as willing tools…… Animal magnetism fosters suspicious distrust where honor is due, fear where courage should be strongest, reliance where there should be avoidance, a belief in safety where there is most danger; and these miserable lies, poured constantly into his mind, fret and confuse it, spoiling that individual’s disposition, undermining his health, and sealing his doom, unless the cause of the mischief is found out and destroyed.

    S&H 451:19-30 Every Christian Scientist, every conscientious teacher of the Science of Mind-healing, knows that human will is not Christian Science, and he must recognize this in order to defend himself from the influence of human will. He feels morally obligated to open the eyes of his students that they may perceive the nature and methods of error of every sort, especially any subtle degree of evil, deceived and deceiving. All mental malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought. It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling another from wrong motives, and it is practiced either with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.

  2. Stirling : Excellent your whole reflexion.
    The Science of being insists unequivocally that if a thing is not right, it is
    wrong.
    The activities of malicious mind are discovered to be merely the negation of the activity of divine Mind; and when these are reversed, you find the very presence and power of good, and good only, for “the reverse of error is true.”
    If you accept the negation as a reality, your power to reverse evil disappears. The suggestion of evil will become as truth itself to you, instead of being merely a negative interpretation of Truth, which needs only to be reversed to be seen as Truth.

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