“The events of life are passing by
us endlessly, and we are naming
some of them bad and some good.
It seems strange that all men do
not agree, but some call certain
things good that others call bad ...
Shakespeare expresses it in these
words: ‘There is nothing either
good or bad, but thinking makes
—Lowell Fillmore from The
Prayer Way to Health, Wealth, and
Happiness (Unity Books, 1964)
When the eldest son of Charles Fillmore and Myrtle
Fillmore wrote these words, people were receiving
information about the events of life from news programs
on the radio, broadcasts on one of a few television channels,
newspaper articles, phone calls (made through switchboard
operators), letters, occasionally books, and sometimes even
telegrams—not to mention face-to-face conversations.
Today we access information about events and
communicate with others through the internet, send the
21st-century telegram known as a text message, flip through
hundreds of channels on a high-definition television, or
“ask Alexa” before we even roll out of bed in the morning.
Lowell’s idea about the events of life passing by endlessly
is now expressed at warp speed, and the invitation to label
them as good or bad is amplified beyond measure.
On social media, we literally “like” (or not) posts about
life events—including the classic photo of a meal, rants
about humanitarian and political issues, and local or
national hot gossip. However, the instinct to assign them
values goes deeper than categorically declaring them good
or bad. The human spirit longs for connection, meaning,
and identity. People want to be seen beyond the scope of
their circumstances. Our brains like to categorize and label,
and while we find emotional and physical safety in defining
events and people as good or bad, the heart demands more.
We spend much of our spiritual practice remembering
who (and whose) we are. By faith we know that we are
beloved and we belong to love, and we play this truth out
with and for one another through God. Thus, the power
we are given to call a circumstance or person good or bad
must be animated by faith. The result is that we must not
allow our thinking to dissolve into categorical assignments
of people and events in this way. Instead we must raise up
our thinking and call out the good in every person and
circumstance in our own minds.
I am not suggesting we deny pain and suffering caused
by another or that we scold others into better behavior. To
call out the good in a circumstance or person means to see
the inherent good, to see God, in everything and everyone.
Again, this isn’t to be done by denying pain and suffering,
but by asserting harmony with the truth that God is always
in the midst of everyone and everything.
Lowell writes that “we should not quarrel with
inharmonious conditions, because this negative attitude
will only add to the disharmony and confusion. We should
bring harmony into the situation by affirming the Truth
that establishes divine order.” As the events of life endlessly
pass by, it is our divine opportunity to bring the presence
of God active in us to each circumstance.
When we see injustice in the world and in our own lives,
it is our divine assignment to call out the good—to see
the good inherent in each other with our spiritual eyes. In
doing so, we call forth the power of divine order and we
animate the power of love as the harmonizing presence in
43 43 Unity teachings then and now
Calling out the Good
CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY VIEW
WHEN WE SEE INJUSTICE
IN THE WORLD AND IN OUR
OWN LIVES, IT IS OUR DIVINE
ASSIGNMENT TO CALL OUT
THE GOOD—TO SEE THE GOOD
INHERENT IN EACH OTHER
WITH OUR SPIRITUAL EYES.
REV. JACQUIE FERNÁNDEZ IS A UNITY MINISTER
WHO SERVES AS MANAGER OF MULTIMEDIA
DESIGN AT UNITY WORLD HEADQUARTERS
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