“Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.” (Science and Health, page 205)
Selfishness is an imbalanced way of thinking and living. It puts us on the wrong side, distancing us from that which is enriching, powerful, right and true. Being selfish is not simply about humanly caring for ourselves over others, working always for our own purposes or goals, or even simply “looking out for number one”! It is also a way of thought and behavior that would deprive us of accepting our natural blessings.
Selfishness rejects reality, security, and peace. It denies the oneness that is Mind and His idea, and proposes minds many, actions and behaviors at odds, and a need for self-preservation. But this perception of things is totally false, and so it doesn’t work. It chafes against harmony, attempts to divide the indivisible. It is like trying to separate the idea from its own nature which can’t be done.
Let’s recognize that selfishness is not only thinking only of ourselves, but it is also NOT thinking of God, not allowing Him to be the Mind that He is, the Life that He is, the Love that He is. We are selfish when we cling to human will and a human sense of control, as if we know righteousness better than Truth itself.
So, let’s allow the true balance of being to show forth, yield to God’s oneness and goodness, and discover just how satisfying this unselfish thinking and being is for us and for all!
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