One of the great achievements in the 19th Century, by Mary Baker Eddy
The Manual for Civilization was created in 1895
This was the year when this edifice for the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, was dedicated in Boston, Mass. USA.
Mary Baker Eddy was the originator of both
The real power of civilization. It is located in
the Christ, or Science, domain
Discipline is powered by truth. Truth isn't debatable. It is rigorous. To deny it is a form of self-denial. But what is truth? Truth isn't defined by a doctrine. It is something that is real and demonstrable. It exists beyond the barriers created by doctrines. Doctrines may at best state the truth, which they rarely do, but even then, the understanding that powers the movement of discipline flows from the individual discovery and experience of the truth as being true. This takes the foundation for discipline far beyond mere compliance with a book of rules. In fact it often requires one to break the rules, when those are incorrectly defined by the doctrines. Thus truth imposes certain duties on us all.
The term duty also has a more specific meaning. A civilization requires certain critical services to be carried out for the universal good of society.
In her church manual Mary Baker Eddy describes the specific concept in a rather bizarre manner, though the shock appears to be needed to make a point. She included a section under the heading RELATION AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS TO PASTOR EMERITUS in which a member of the church could be called upon to become a member of her household (of the Pastor Emeritus according to her official title) for three years, on a ten days notice, who refusing to comply could be excommunicated from membership, but upon complying would receive a salary slightly less than half of that of the directors, and receive the highest educational degree the church could award. That's bizarre, right?
Only in the larger context of civilization is this requirement not only logical, but essential. In broad terms she defines patriotism. But on the higher level she defines something that is much more profound. She defines a process in which a person feels a profound urgency to perform a service for humanity, who, by refusing to comply declares itself to be not really a member of humanity. Such a person excommunicates itself. Of course, those who comply win in the process great honors, and great satisfaction for their achievements. All the great leaders in history found their greatness in this process, and so did all the unsung heroes, the inventors, innovators, engineers, farmers, and so forth, who labored unseen, including the technical builders and the machine tool builders. Civilization is build on the processes by which society creates itself a richer world. And this is rarely done for the money, but it is done because it is the human thing to do. In most cases, the money that is due isn't even awarded. The opposite is typically the case. Wherever the big money flows, little is achieved for humanity, but increased deprivation.
And what about teaching? Doesn't the term duty apply there too? It does, together with the discipline that rests on one's devotion to the truth. Teaching isn't a process of conveying facts. While this is required, teaching requires more. Real teaching inspires in students the art of making discoveries. The advance of civilization rests on making discoveries. It rests on stepping beyond the barriers that doctrines impose, and from there, reaching into the unknown, which science alone can reveal. (see: Deadly Deductive Logic)
Deductive logic is a backwards focusing process that begins with priory assumptions, or doctrines that typically stand as barriers. The entire Christian Science church movement is presently choked by this process. There is nothing moving. And what isn't moving is falling apart. The stagnating doctrine is, that there is nothing there. It states for example that the textbook is, just what it is, a book of citations to be recited for healing, or to be read in church services, and so on. But if one looks past this barrier, with a mind for discoveries, a whole new world comes to light that had remained previously unknown. It was discovered by an alert person that the textbook is made up of 16 chapters and that this is equal to the number of the elements in the city foursquare, and likewise the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer with Mary Baker Eddy's definition added.
I invite you to make the discovery yourself and then discover how the two structures match the 16 segments of the Manual for Civilization. Go to the bottom of this page, to where the three structures are brought together.
You may have noticed something startling. The element of, Discipline, in the manual, coincides with the textbook chapter, "Marriage." There appears to exist no relationship between the two. But there is. The element of discipline in this case is the underlying truth that all of humanity is married to one-another by the common humanity that all human beings share. This is a more fundamental reality than anything that can be forged artificially as a covenant organized on the smallest possible scale. This doesn't mean that the principle of marriage is archaic. But it does mean that the principle is vastly underdeveloped. The marriage doctrine has become a doctrine for division and isolation. This is the very thing that imperial system have cultivated and promoted. The scientific discipline towards the divine truth demands that we look past the doctrine and discover the actual dynamics of universal marriage and built up the present platform towards that by expanding the circle of our affection ever wider from a center that is home but not a boundary. This involves a huge challenge, and also an interesting one. I have written a series of twelve novels on the subject, the series: The Lodging for the Rose, that took roughly 20 years to complete. The dimension of our universal humanity is that wide once we look past the barrier of the doctrine, for the process of discovery. The full text of the novels is online for free, including the audio versions. Some selections are also available in video form, under the heading: Dialogs for Civilization.
On the Christ, Science, level there remains still one more critical element of the Manual for Civilization that needs to be looked at. This is the element of, Building, or civilization-building. Mary Baker Eddy gave this element the title, Church-building. While Mary Baker Eddy's bylaws in this segment are brief and focused on land and construction, etc., one is focused on the implementation process. She states that there shall be a Building Committee established of no less than three members. In the universal sense, when we look past the convention of construction with an eye for discoveries, it becomes evident that the three 'members' are not personal, but are spiritual elements of God, the three elements that Mary Baker Eddy had singled out as being central to the foundation that she built on, the divine elements: Truth, Love, Soul (See: Mary Baker Eddy's Science Revolution). These are the three elements for God that she omitted from her glossary, evidently to serve a special purpose, the purpose of building. On these three critical elements, synonyms for God, civilization stands secure. With any of them missing, civilization falls.
In real terms Mary Baker Eddy routinely defined God with seven synonyms: Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love. These seven synonyms appear to stand in conjunction with the seven days of creation, of the creation allegory in the very first chapter of the Bible in the book Genesis. You may have noted that the element of, Building, coincides with the textbook chapter, Genesis, where she deals with the dynamics of the creative principle. I have produced a study in which I applied the glossary definition for God to the seven days of the creation allegory. The result shows a progressively greater quality unfolding in the 'building' process (see the study details).
It becomes evident that all the elements at the Christ, Science, level of the Manual for Civilization, are building-focused in their dynamics. And this isn't something that society can isolate itself from. This is where civilization is being built. If this building isn't happening, the low-level aspects become chaotic. Governments fail, services grind to a halt, currencies fail, and public opinion becomes driven by insanity. In short, civilization ends. We are all involved in the building process that upholds civilization and advances it, or failing that, by default, we are involved in the process of its collapse. The non-involvement is not possible. And so, we involve ourselves on the entire front to the best of our ability. And this includes teaching for the purpose of building.
particular conjunction is highly
important, especially in modern time
as the transition to the next Ice Age
has begun, and has begun to manifest
itself, while the physics involved are
vehemently denied to even exist and
the world dreams the dream of
global warming and an interglacial
summer that never ends. The relevant
science that is currently taught is
contradictory, confusing, and distant
from the truth, and all this with the
evident intention of preventing the
new agricultural infrastructures from
becoming built that would save
civilization when the Ice Age
transition disables evermore of the
already endangered northern agriculture
where much of the world's food is
being grown. Agriculture is already
being devastated by floods, drought,
storms, and untimely severe frosts. In
this arena, the kind of teaching that
enables society from extending its
reach of discoveries beyond the
politically motivated dogmas, so that
the critical process of building for
the future can begin, becomes a
lifesaver in not so distant times for
much of humanity, and a potential
renaissance beyond the world's fondest
dreams in the present. I have created
more than 60 videos, presented
on this site,
to support this 'teaching' dimension
that opens the horizon to ever-greater
discoveries (also see the series: NAWAPA-22).
The top level is the divine level, the level of The Word of Life, Truth, and Love.
The first element at this level in Mary Baker Eddy's church manual - under the header, Meetings - deals with the required Annual Meetings. This is hardly a significant item for the divine level, is it? One item stands out, which states that none others than the officers of the church need to be present. The opposite happened in practice. For many years the Annual Meeting became an occasion that drew huge crowds, sometimes in the range of 10,000.
Is the focus here a warning against the deadening sense of the mass-movement syndrome? Let's test this theory.
In her scientific translation of immortal Mind (S&H p.115), which applies to this top level, Mary Baker Eddy lists three aspects: God; Man; and Idea. God is defined with divine synonyms; Man is defined as divine image, or God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal; and Idea is defined as divine reflection, "an image in Mind...". She literally defined God and man as One in being. This opens up a critical point, which is the singular nature of humanity. God, the infinite All, is necessarily singular in nature. By the same token, Man as Idea, or God's reflection, can only be singular in nature, though multiform in individuality. Mass-meetings serve no purpose then, except as a denial of the truth about God and man. Since this is so, Mary Baker Eddy is fully correct in stating that no one needs to be present at annual meeting time, except as required by law. Thus, the concept of meetings as she has defined it is not a negative item that forbids, but a positive item that affirms the singularity of humanity as an eternal fact. This is what the entire first column is all about, isn't it.
It is interesting to note here that the textbook chapter, Christian Science versus Spiritualism, coincides with the element pertaining to meetings. The entire pyramid of spiritualism is built on the mysticism of the existence of multiple spirits and souls. Likewise the entire pyramid of the system of empire is build on the universal division and isolation of humanity. The primal recognition of the universal singularity of Spirit and Soul, reflected in man and humanity, is the power that ends wars and opens a new page for civilization on which old history is no longer found and civilization unfolds anew.
This also means that the human being is sovereign, a divine quality that is inherent in God and is reflected in man. This rules out tyranny and timidity. In Mary Baker Eddy's church manual the title for this element is, The Mother Church and Branch Churches. In this segment the bylaws demand the recognition of the universal sovereignty of all churches, and by extension all members, and all mankind. The world is presently miles distant from granting one another the sovereignty due to a human being, and nations, as the reflected image of God. In fact, political leaders now declare that the age of respecting national sovereignty, which began in 1648 with the treaty of Westphalia, has ended. The call is for military intervention, regime change, dominance, and governance. If God means anything at all, and civilization by extension, then the divine quality of sovereignty needs to be reestablished universally.
The third item on the divine level is, Education. Mary Baker Eddy's church manual refers to a Board of Education that trains teachers for the field, and issues a certificate of the degree CSB, which is akin to a bachelor degree. But there is a higher degree possible, which the Board cannot grant, but which Mary Baker Eddy suggests can be "taken" at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, which had issued a CSD degree, a doctor-type degree, but can no longer do so since she had not relinquished her Presidency of it before her death. She seems to suggest that the highest degree cannot be issued. It can only be taken. Indeed, who would authorize the pioneer at the leading edge of discovery. She seems to say to us that all the great achievements in history were consciously 'taken' on the road of advanced discoveries where the pioneer stands alone with God, as she had stood herself. Also all healing flows from this high standpoint. At the leading edge it is not approval by others that rules the scene, but self-approval.
The final element on the divine level I have labeled, Universal Principles. The divine level is the only level where the concept of governance actually applies, a governance by divine Principle. Principle is not arbitrary. It is universal, timeless; and it is power. There exists only one principle of economics, and only one principle of civilization, not two or half a dozen. For the self-government of her church, Mary Baker Eddy created her Church Manual, of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston Massachusetts. This manual is specific in its bylaws to the operation of this specific church, but the principle on which it is built, which it reflects, is universal, and it does reflect to the highest degree in this age the divine Principle of Civilization, as one would expect it to, in considering that Mary Baker Eddy, its author, was the leading edge scientist in the field of divine metaphysics, backed up by a flood of healing that spanned the globe, which it still does to some degree.
This means that for us, in our modern time, the principles that she discovered and had instituted still apply universally. Mary Baker Eddy exercised great care not to label the 16 elements of principle as articles of a specific law that would render them as specific elements, rather than universal elements. Thus they stand sovereign as the fundamental elements applicable to a universal Manual of Civilization that may guide humanity in establishing itself in accord with the highest reflection of the divine Principle of Civilization discovered to date, by the pioneer in this field who remains standing unsurpassed, today, and probably for a long time to come.
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