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The calm heart of the revolution

A Christian Science perspective: God, as Love, is present to give a voice to the voiceless, to support the heart yearning for freedom, and to ensure that His purpose is fulfilled.

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When the popular uprisings began in Tunisia and Egypt, many of us – especially those like me who live in Berlin – were filled with empathy, wonder, and admiration. While the situation in Libya and Bahrain is still a major challenge, a fresh wind is blowing across North Africa and the Middle East. Throughout history, many revolutions have been triggered by humanity’s yearning to end bondage and a desire to leave oppression for a brighter future that includes a full and unconditional respect for human rights. The world is watching such revolutions, such active fights for radical change as are taking place right now.

The motive behind these revolutions needs a spiritual foundation if it is to bring the largest blessing. “God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims,” wrote Mary Baker Eddy, in her book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” She went on, “These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of ‘on earth peace, good-will toward men’ ” (p. 226).

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