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What 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai is teaching the world

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But Malala saw through these lies. And because of her, they have now been exposed for all Pakistan to see, perhaps for the first time.

Mary Baker Eddy, who founded Christian Science, delved deeply into the modes of evil in order to understand how it could seem to have such power if, as the first letter of John in the Bible says, “God is love” (I John 4:8). What she found is that evil cannot withstand goodness. If it is once seen for what it is, it is universally condemned by the good in our hearts – so it lies, deceives, and commits hypocrisies in its desire to remain hidden. “The wisdom of a serpent is to hide itself,” Mrs. Eddy says (“Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896,” p. 210).

And this is the blessing that Malala has shown us: Her goodness has exposed the evil – has made it so plain to the world that none but the most morally confused can offer any defense. Eddy calls this confusion “moral idiocy” and says of it: “Without a sense of one’s oft-repeated violations of divine law, the individual may become morally blind, and this deplorable mental state is moral idiocy” (“Miscellaneous Writings,” p. 107).

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