Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

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   Out upon the sidewalk one winter morning, I observed
a carriage draw up before a stately mansion; a portly
gentleman alight, and take from his carriage the ominous
   "Ah!" thought I, "somebody has to take it; and what
may the potion be?"
   Just then a tiny, sweet face appeared in the vestibule,
and red nose, suffused eyes, cough, and tired look, told
the story; but, looking up quaintly, the poor child said, -
   "I've got cold, doctor."
   Her apparent pride at sharing in a popular influenza
was comical.  However, her dividend, when compared
with that of the household stockholders, was new; and
doubtless their familiarity with what the stock paid, made
them more serious over it.
   What if that sweet child, so bravely confessing that
she had something that she ought not to have, and which
mamma thought must be gotten rid of, had been taught
the value of saying even more bravely, and believing
it, -

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   "I have not got cold."
   Why, the doctor's squills and bills would have been
avoided; and through the cold air the little one would
have been bounding with sparkling eyes, and ruby cheeks
painted and fattened by metaphysical hygiene.
   Parents and doctors must not take the sweet freshness
out of the children's lives by that flippant caution, "You
will get cold."
   Predicting danger does not dignify life, whereas forecasting
liberty and joy does; for these are strong promoters
of health and happiness.  All education should
contribute to moral and physical strength and freedom.
If a cold could get into the body without the assent of
mind, nature would take it out as gently, or let it remain
as harmlessly, as it takes the frost out of the ground or
puts it into the ice-cream to the satisfaction of all.
   The sapling bends to the breeze, while the sturdy oak,
with form and inclination fixed, breasts the tornado.  It
is easier to incline the early thought rightly, than the
biased mind.  Children not mistaught, naturally love
God; for they are pure-minded, affectionate, and generally
brave.  Passions, appetites, pride, selfishness, have
slight sway over the fresh, unbiased thought.
   Teach the children early self-government, and teach
them nothing that is wrong.  If they see their father with
a cigarette in his mouth - suggest to them that the habit
of smoking is not nice, and that nothing but a loathsome
worm naturally chews tobacco.  Likewise soberly inform
them that "Battle-Axe Plug" takes off men's heads; or,
leaving these on, that it takes from their bodies a sweet
something which belongs to nature, - namely, pure

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   From a religious point of view, the faith of both youth
and adult should centre as steadfastly in God to benefit
the body, as to benefit the mind.  Body and mind are
correlated in man's salvation; for man will no more
enter heaven sick than as a sinner, and Christ's Christianity
casts out sickness as well as sin of every sort.
   Test, if you will, metaphysical healing on two patients:
one having morals to be healed, the other having a physical
ailment.  Use as your medicine the great alterative,
Truth:  give to the immoralist a mental dose that says,
"You have no pleasure in sin," and witness the effects.
   Either he will hate you, and try to make others do likewise,
so taking a dose of error big enough apparently to
neutralize your Truth, else he will doubtingly await the

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