The Mary Baker Eddy Library
for the Betterment of Humanity(tm)
The dimension of denial
by Rolf A. F. Witzsche - Dec. 3, 2002
In the past, the challenge to face the deeply scientific nature of Mary Baker Eddy's work, as an expression of her genius, didn't exist. But the challenge exists today to ask those questions that relate to the very heart of her science. What is it that Mary Baker Eddy has built all of her works on? What does it contain? How do all of her works relate to it? What is one looking for in these 400 editions of the textbook that are available in the library? Shouldn't one focus on those questions? This vital dimension has been buried for the last hundred years. I would suggest that bold step of the building of the Mary Baker Eddy Library has been taken with the goal to extend the mental horizon. If so, this goal changed all that, which allowed the denial. The challenge that the library poses does no longer allow us to be content with the conventions of the past. It demands that its goal and the requisite actions be brought on an even level.
Against this background one needs to ask anew: What shall our reaction be to the the discoveries of the 1980, of Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual development that all of her major works are founded on and become a part of? Shall we deny the validity of those discoveries and deem that structure not to exist? I can assure you that it does exist, that is quite real. I can also assure you that it has not been hidden by Mary Baker Eddy. Indeed, if she had hidden it in the deepest recesses of her archives, it would have been discovered. Instead, she has put right out into the open for all to see and to discover. She even presented numerous hints to it. The simple fact that it hadn't been discovered for a hundred years cannot be cited as proof for its nonexistence. In fact, it is contained in the very books that Christian Scientists have studied and worked with for the better part of a century, without recognizing what is contained in them, or that recognition having been denied. And even after the discoveries were made and its existence was finally recognized, it took a decade and a half to explore the vast dimension of it. Thus, the question needs to be repeated: What are we going to do with great discoveries of that nature, in the light of what the Mary Baker Eddy Library is being created for, and also with the decades of the scientific development work that has been going on before the library and its goal were even considered?
My point is, that the huge effort that is presently being expended to create the Mary Baker Eddy Library, is of miniscule value in comparison to the treasure that the public has sitting on its study desk at home, that it fails to recognize because the validity of it is being denied, which, if they are told about, they will deny likewise.
The challenge that the new library poses, is for one to cut through the long tape of muddled thinking that is focused on the question as to what constitutes an authorized discovery of truth. This entire encumberment needs to be dealt with.
Certainly, there will be a stage of development in the future when the present blindness to our own discoveries will end, and the age of denial will be forgotten, but this stage has not yet been reached. When this stage will be reached, of course, depends entirely on how badly society wants it. For those who are interested right now, the opportunity exists for people to embrace the discoveries that have already been made, and to begin the process of it this very minute. I have created a website that presents an overview of all the major aspects of Mary Baker Eddy structure for scientific and spiritual development that was discovered in the 1980s (link to it).
For people who desire to explore the above in greater detail, the vast dimension of what Mary Baker Eddy has provided, has been compiled into a nine volume research book series, entitled: Discovering Infinity. Volume 3 of the series details every element of the discoveries that were made, even as it explores their significance to the individual in the overall context. The book series is the result of 15 years of development work.
The question may be asked here: why are nine separate volumes needed to explore and to understand Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual development. Someone may say to me, just give it to me straight. Tell me in a few concise sentences what Mary Baker Eddy has created and found so valuable to have built all of her major works upon. Sure, I can do that. That's easy. You will find her entire outlined structure explored in great detail, in Volume 3 of my series, even though it takes a few hundred pages to do that. Nevertheless, you won't be able to understand that structure fully unless you take further steps, nor will you be able to understand Mary Baker Eddy correctly without these steps, that is, without exploring what her achievements are build on. This means that one must explore the mental environment in which she grew up and developed, that furnished the requisite background for her genius to become fruitful. This pursuit, however, takes us far out of our immediate time frame, back into the far reaches of mankind's universal history.
Mary Baker Eddy as a historic figure
If one pursues the study of universal history it becomes quickly apparent that the greatest individual achievements always occurred against a background of great cultural achievements by society as a whole. Christ Jesus, for instance, emerged at the peak point of a vast cultural and scientific development, generally known as the Greek Classical Period. That period began more than 600 years before Christ Jesus emerged on the scene. The human development in this period was carried by the achievements of great historic pioneers, such as Homer, Solon, Socrates, Plato, and many others. This period in history was a period in which deep reaching questions were asked as to the nature of reality, or universal truth, including the nature of man. Christ Jesus was a child of that age. Society was now ready to deal with the kinds of issues that Christ Jesus eventually dealt with so masterfully.
Christ Jesus certainly couldn't have emerged a thousand years earlier. The depth of achievement for which he is still recognized today, could not have been achieved a thousand years early, nor a thousand years later during the dark ages. Neither could Mary Baker Eddy have emerged during the dark ages. The bright civilization of the Classical Period had long been ground into the dust at this point, by the ravishing of the Roman Empire that nearly destroyed civilization, and by the ravishing of the empires that followed.
Neither could the development of Christian Science have occurred during the Golden Renaissance that ended the dark ages, which scholars regard as the greatest period of cultural development in history. Indeed great humanist advances were made in that period on an earlier established foundation set up by Dante. But that momentous progress was not enough. The dark age regression had been too deep. The advances of the Golden Renaissance, that brought forth such geniuses as Nicolas of Cusa, were won against a background of the deepest devastation in Europe up to that time. A series of tragic events in the 14th century had wiped out half the population of Europe at that time. Sure, Nicolas of Cusa's ground breaking developments in perception still stand as a beacon of hope in our modern age, especially in the context of the ongoing drive towards a clash of civilizations war. Still, Cusa's achievements didn't go far enough, to raise the level of scientific development high enough for the emergence of Christian Science to be possible at that age.
Humanity had to learn deeper lessons before that could happen. It took us, that is humanity, an 80 year period of horrible wars until we began to learn the meaning of universal love and universal truth. The lessons that were leaned during that period became the heart of the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia. While the Peace of Westphalia, itself, didn't last all that long, the spiritual and scientific development that stood behind it, did continue. The people who exemplified this remarkable development and moved it forward, were the pioneers that created a new renaissance, the very renaissance which, by all accounts, found its greatest manifestation on the American shores, supported by people like Leibnitz and List, and so forth. This American Renaissance was the product of these people's cultural and scientific development drive.
Their development drive set the stage for the scientific revolution that began to unfold at around the same time as the American revolution for independence did. It was period in which once again deep questions were asked, and great discoveries were made. This was the background in which Mary Baker Eddy's genius unfolded and bore fruit.
Mary Baker Eddy was a scientist, foremost. Long before her discovery of Christian Science occurred, she had been deeply involved in the scientific search for universal truth, or what she later called, divine Truth. Her period was a period in which the deepest questions were routinely asked. It was a period in which her nation committed itself as never before to abolish slavery and with it win its own freedom. History tells us that the nation succeeded in its quest, and won its goals on the basis of a horrendous struggle. This period, also was a period in which the nation developed itself for the good of society as a whole.
The vast structure that Mary Baker Eddy has outlined in her major works, which they all have been build on and become a part of, is a structure that is fundamentally focused on human development, on making discoveries of fundamental principles, on advancing the scientific development of society, and on advancing its own spiritual development at the same time.
Any research work that deals with a structure for universal development, must therefore include an exploration of the foundational elements, in humanist terms, on which this structure stands. That, I hope, explains the reason why four volumes must precede the volume that explores Mary Baker Eddy's development structure, and the discovery of it.
The preceding volumes, however, also have a slightly different purpose. They are designed to more closely relate to our present era. It was necessary to do that since humanity has been regressing once again into a new dark age. The regression is evident by the fact that society is far from fulfilling its true potential. Christian Science, for instance, is far from realizing the healing potential it once demonstrated during the early period when it had gained public acclaim because of its remarkable efficacy. If this rapid stride forward of the early period had continued, Christian Science would be the leading health care system in the world.
That remarkable expression of Christ healing in the early Christian Science period collapsed, because the world had collapsed itself scientifically, morally, spiritually, and as of late even economically and physically. In other words, our world isn't anymore the world that it once was. That has its consequences. For instance, how can we possibly kneel with a clean conscience before the great heart of divine Love with a knife in our hands, as we, humanity, have done so for most of the past century that had become a century of war? Or how can we stand at the altar of truth while we operate a global economy that embraces the act of stealing from one another as a highway to riches? Or, how can embrace the boundless dimension of divine Life while we allow our world to become so impoverished by our policies that great masses of people now perish by starvation, or are forced to live without homes while the means exist to prevent all that?
The development of our humanity in public consciousness, and the development of Christian Science in society go hand in hand. Christian Science cannot be understood in terms of an abstract ideal that exists outside this development sphere. Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual development it totally focused on human, scientific, and spiritual development, and this on a universal scale that reaches far beyond Christian Science itself. Her structure embraces the whole scope of our humanity. The four trailing volumes, that follow the volume in which the discovered structure itself is explored (Volume 3), are all needed to deal with the wider dimension of advanced and universal development in society. They deal with the future potential of humanity in terms of the foundation of Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual development.
The Mary Baker Eddy Library, according to the design parameter that have been presented to date, will focus on very little of that larger context that Mary Baker Eddy had given such prominence in everything that she had created and had worked for. By its design the library embraces a timeframe of the 1821 to 1910 period. This appears to be its goal even though it is totally impossible to gain a true perception of Mary Baker Eddy and her achievements if ones focus is limited to a narrow frame of reference. Her structure for scientific and spiritual development, that is presently not even acknowledged to exist, is of great significance to human development in the broadest general sense possible. This is the purpose for which it has been created.
In this structure, we find the blueprint for the upwards development of our sense of democracy into the realm of scientific self-government, for example. We also find in it the blueprint for similar developments in our perception of marriages, our self-perception or ourselves as human beings, the scope of our sciences, and more. Indeed, the future welfare of society depends on a rigorous scientific method for looking at itself with honest eyes, and open hearts examining its aspirations. The world in which we live requires this all-embracing scientific development platform. Certainly, the world has become too small in the nuclear age for humanity to allow itself to be ruled on an irrational bases by emotional impulses, rash judgments, and insanity driven objectives.
It may be interesting to note in this context that the two periods in recent history during which the major discoveries were made of Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual development, were both periods of great crisis during which the search for answers became paramount. The first of these periods of discovery began in the early 1940s, at the height of the greatest military insanity in history. The second period of discovery began forty years later, in the early 1980s, at the height of the Cold War when the doomsday clock stood just minutes before midnight. In such periods of crisis one begins to look anew at what the great pioneers of the past have accomplished, that one might have missed before. That was the environment in which the advanced discoveries were made.
It is unlikely, however, that one finds anything of that development, and what came out of it, in the upcoming library, unless, of course, society takes its self-government and its self-development more seriously than it presently does. By this it would be moved to reshaped its Library of Mary Baker Eddy in such a manner that the library will reflect the leading edge of what Mary Baker Eddy has offered to humanity as a pioneer for many ages to come, in terms of what has already been discovered of her far reaching development structure..
Naturally, society has a responsibility towards itself, to claim the gold of the heritage of its pioneers and to move forward with the best of their achievements, towards ever greater achievements (reference my article: Principle and Form). Nevertheless, any organization that is build on the shoulders of humanity's great pioneers, that represents them such as the Church Of Christ Scientist does in the case of Mary Baker Eddy, has a further responsibility to aid society in claiming that gold of their pioneer's heritage. This outreaching embrace tends to unite us all and add invaluably to the strength of the human system.
The drawback in dealing with pioneering accomplishments lies in the general inability by society to recognize the value of its pioneer's achievements, especially by people devoted to low level opinions. Mediocrity is a poor environment in which to celebrate pioneering breakthroughs. This drawback is evidently the reason why Mary Baker Eddy's greatest accomplishment was not recognized for nearly a century, and when it was discovered was promptly pushed into the background or denied. This sort of thing happens all too often. and in every area of human endeavor. People find themselves more readily inclined to compromise their principles for political expediency as they cater to low level popular opinions and demands.
Mary Baker Eddy was not among them. She was patient not to sacrifice anything that could uplift humanity, even if the day of its realization would be outside the framework of her time. The vast structure that she had outlined, for scientific and spiritual development, that all her works have become a part of, had to be brought to light by a process of discovery. It was as if she had said that unless society rises to the level of alertness and scientific achievement to make the discovery of what she has provided, society will not be able to make the further discoveries that the structure is designed to facilitate. Thus, she didn't push the issue, although she provided a rich body of details to aid the eventually unfolding discoveries.
The period of obscurity has now ended. The discoveries were made. But, do we discover the courage in ourselves to bring the discoveries to humanity, and this perhaps in ways contrary to what may appear expedient in the sight of popular opinions?
The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity stands squarely in the middle of that consideration, so that the question must be asked: Will it be a force for openness in the process of spiritual discovery and scientific and spiritual development, a process that Mary Baker Eddy has pioneered? Or will the Mary Baker Eddy Library become merely just another museum of a history that ended in 1910?
Will the new library stand as a beacon for the future, that it has the potential to become, or will it be an institution that buries Mary Baker Eddy in the grave clothes of terminal thinking? Will the library function as a repository of a woman's achievements from a brief epoch in history, or will it represent Mary Baker Eddy in her true role as an immortal being who continues to lead the world on the strength of what she has accomplished before. Mary Baker Eddy should be seen for what she is, not for what she was. She should been for what she is doing today, and for forevermore, and for her potential to uplift humanity in this age with her outlined structure for scientific and spiritual development that has recently come to light.