Are we feeling offended or insulted this election season by political views expressed by those who view the human world differently than we do? Why should we allow ourselves to feel disturbed? Is there some benefit to feeling perturbed? There is none! Why should we ever feel anything less than peaceful? There is no necessity or advantage to taking offense. Taking offense has no benefits whatsoever. Its motives are evil. When we allow ourselves to be offended, angry, out of sorts, and we expect certain responses from others, we are doing nobody any favors at all, and we are actually doing a great disservice to our own health and happiness.
The following paragraph from a book entitled Miscellaneous Writings, from an article therein entitled “Taking Offense”, by the discoverer of Christian Science and the founder and the leader of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy, reveals the complete control we actually have over the peace which is really continually present for us to partake in. It is simple. To feel the already present peace, we only need to open our thought to the realization of the irrelevance of human differences, and to stand strong in the grace and calm which God has already granted us. In spite of what our selfish ego may claim, we are not in any way benefitted by reacting react to any view expressed by another human being. So, relax, trust God, trust your own identity as God’s child, suppress the selfish ego, and be peaceful! Not only will you feel it, but so will all those within the range of your thoughts.
On page 224 (ibid) Mrs. Eddy writes “We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities, with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it, with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil, and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, –determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God.”