“Your decisions will master you, whichever direction they take.”
Mary Baker Eddy
A More Perfect Union
28th Feb 2016
by Viriginia Harris, CSB
The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month in the United States this March is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.” Specifically, the month is dedicated to women who have shaped America’s history and its future through public service and leadership. The title is from the Preamble to the US Constitution, and is a reminder of the purpose of the collective effort of all its citizens:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…”
There are many women throughout history to acknowledge in this selfless service. To me, the wonderful aspect of it is that it not only recognizes the individual accomplishments, it puts on record that a progressive civilization demands the highest contribution of women working together with men for the benefit of all society. A more perfect union…for a more perfect Union.
Mary Baker Eddy, healthcare and medical reformer, Christian leader, author and publisher, must be recognized as one of the foremost women contributing to American life. The book she wrote, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, launched her 45-year leadership role in American religious, medical, and civic life. It is recognized by the US Women’s National Book Association as one of 75 books by women authors whose words have changed the world.
Eddy championed the equal rights of women in society in the pages of Science and Health and the spiritual ideas she articulates serve as a platform for the quality and freedom of every woman today. And, as the ideas have moved society forward powerfully and timelessly since the 19th century, they will lead future generations throughout the world still struggling for freedom.
One of the many important ideas Eddy shares in the book is the universal nature of spiritual qualities that constitute every individual. These qualities are not gender-specific, as evidenced by any man who expresses love and gentleness with a baby in their arms or a woman who shows strength and courage in adversity.
Of course these spiritual expressions are universal, because they have their source in the one all-inclusive Creator. There is no division of God’s qualities into “haves and have-nots” and certainly no separation of all spiritual qualities from their divine Source! To put an emphatic point on this spiritual fact, Eddy writes in Science and Health:
“Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness.”
Don’t you think a “more perfect union” would be seeing this completeness expressed by both men and women? It seems to me that every woman honored for her good work in public service and government is a wonderful model of spiritual completeness.
In this election year in the US most of us are probably thinking we would like to see more of the strength and courage of kindness, charitableness, and goodness expressed. But we can start in our own lives today – and that includes our Facebook lives and likes! – by seeing and being our “perfect union” of complete spiritual qualities.
- Mary Baker Eddy championed equal rights