I was reading a news article about masses of people protesting the government in Iran. There is growing resentment in the country against corruption among government officials, increasing resistance to various forms of oppression and anger over rising prices of food.
According to reports, the protestors are largely young people in their 20s and 30s.
After reading the piece, I was thinking over why its the young people who are usually the first to protest publicly. The older generations stay home in hiding. Not just in Iran, but in dozens of countries over the centuries that experienced political tumult.
The reason is obvious. The young people have the least to lose materially. The older generations fear loss of status, position, business, and standing in their community. They’d rather continue to suffer than risk losing what they materially hold near and dear.
This is only a general rule, of course. There are many exceptions. But there is a valuable spiritual lesson to gain.
If we are experiencing some type of oppression in our individual lives, are we ready to protest and vigorously work for freedom, or are we taking a materially conservative route and allowing the suffering to continue, figuring the risk of working for real freedom is too great?
For instance, seeking a cure for sickness. The majority consensus is that disease is real and should be thought of as a reality. Jesus Christ taught and demonstrated that disease is not real, and is best proven unreal with spiritual truth. But this is a view glimpsed and understood by few people in the world today.
Because the weight of public opinion is so heavily sided with the belief that disease is real, when faced with disease, the temptation to believe the disease is real may feel overwhelming, imperative, and unavoidable. Something like living under an oppressive government and seeing no choice but to submit to whatever that government decrees.
Christian Science explains that disease is best handled when seen as an unreality, not as a reality, for to accept it as real can make it seem impossible to get rid of. And this type of ignorance perpetuates suffering.
But the “young at heart” who have glimpsed the reality of spiritual health and the unreality of disease, will resist any argument for the reality of disease. They will not be intimidated by popular opinion. They will not fear loss of status or standing in other people’s view from arguing the unreality of disease and the power of God to heal it. Instead of giving in to arguments for disease and suffering, they will mightily resist those arguments and work to defeat them.
So, if you’re ever confronted with an argument to accept suffering as a part of your life, be the first to vigorously protest! Don’t “hang out in hiding,” for fear of what other people might think. “Take to the streets,” and actively work for the overthrow of any unjust decree. It’s your spiritual right! The might of God will back you up.
“Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right” Science and Health, p. 227.