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The Christmas Present
The Christmas present that plays a role in the dialog is a work of science, the result of a discovery. Its existence is real, though rarely recognized to exist. One of its many aspects brings to light the Principle of the Universal Marriage of Humanity as human beings. The dialog is the 9th chapter of the novel, The Flat Earth Society, by Rolf Witzsche. It is preceded by the chapter, A Weapons Mythology, in which the protagonists begin to recognize their acquired impotence by a long train of surrender the small-minded thinking that they become committed to break away from. The Christmas present inspires the scientific pivot for a breakout from this trap.
The chapter, The Christmas Present, is paired with the chapter, The Sound of a Bird Woke Me, from the novel, Brighter than the Sun. Both chapters are focused on reaching out to what is substantial about ourselves and is cherished in the heart, rather than mythological and doctrinal that stands in way of what is real. Both chapters are focused on this higher-level type of discovery, though in vastly different contexts.
With the Ice Age Challenge now demanding that society let go of its conventional, doctrinal, and small-minded thinking that breeds impotence, the age is forced upon us in which truth becomes the guiding star to freedom. Truth is knowable. It is real. It is worth a celebration.
While Sylvia, Tony, and I were getting ourselves ready to leave, Ross brought up the issue of active living once more, and the need for actively building the needed scientific infrastructures. He brought the subject up while Sylvia and I were searching for our coats. He said that the coats are in the bedroom. But on the way to the bedroom he stopped us.
"Think about what this new challenge means," he said to me.
Before we got our coats on, Ross invited me to join him in his study, for a 'moment' as he put it. He said that he had something important to show me.
"It won't take long," he said to Heather.
Heather just laughed. "I think I better drive Tony and Sylvia home," she said smiling.
She turned to Sylvia. "When Ross says it won't take long, he means you'll be lucky if you get home before sunrise. I don't think you want to wait that long." She took her own coat out of the closet to put it on.
"You don't need to do this," said Ross. "We won't be long. I'm just going to show Peter what I discovered in Mary's work."
I followed Ross into his study.
"I call her Mary for short," said Ross as we entered his study.
"You mean the famous Mary, the one and only?" I said.
"Yes, the one I mentioned earlier, Mary Baker Eddy, America's most famous healer," said Ross. "I have found something on the Internet that got me interested in Mary's writings that might interest you," he said. "It was you who got me interested in her in the first place, or was it Sylvia? Anyway, I started looking around. I found something that was created by this most famous woman, which has remained until now deeply hidden, for almost a century already. I think it was you who referred to her as a healer. I think you said that a woman that you had danced with in Washington had told you remarkable things about her. Or was it Steve? I think it was you who told me the story of a woman who had been completely healed of partial paralysis when this Mary had been merely driving by her in a carriage. That's the Mary I am talking about. I made some inquiries. She was born as Mary Baker on a homestead in New Hampshire in 1821. She healed herself in 1866 of the consequences of an accident. This healing saved her life and subsequently changed the world. She became the discoverer and founder of Christian Science. She is known today throughout the world under the name of Mary Baker Eddy."
Ross showed me the discovery he had made in Mary's writings.
He took a book from his desk drawer, but didn't open it. "Mary is sometimes described as one of the greatest spiritual pioneers of America," he said quietly. "She brought back into practice the long lost element of Christ healing. But the most daring thing that she did is something that hardly anyone is aware of. She had established a Christian church around the turn of the century without incorporating any provision for marriages."
"That's interesting," I replied.
Ross shook his head. "No, that it where it merely starts getting interesting, Peter," he said proudly. "That's where the fun starts."
Ross told me that this Mary had written a textbook on her discovery, and that this textbook was made up of sixteen chapters. He added that every one of her major works had likewise been created as a structure that was divided by her into sixteen parts, or multiples thereof.
"So what?" I said.
"So sit down," said Ross. "I have figured out what this might mean. And it means a lot."
Ross told me that being a scientist himself, he found it interesting that the universal partitioning of Mary's work into sixteen parts relates every one of her works to a four by four matrix. Such a matrix contains sixteen elements. Mary described such a structure in great detail in her textbook. Ross told me that she had defined thereby the four-square matrix in great detail. "She has given it a very precise set of descriptions," said Ross. "She has defined every row of it in nearly half a dozen different ways, and likewise every column."
Ross told me that he has related her sixteen textbook chapters to this matrix in the manner as one would relate a work with a sequential development to such a matrix. "To my surprise," he said, "the chapter on marriage corresponds to a high-level position on the matrix; not where one would expect to find it. It is located a complete step above the moral level where marriage is normally located."
"Marriages aren't always moral. There is much abuse tied into them with strange expectations," I interjected.
"In Mary's matrix the concept of marriage doesn't come anywhere close to that low level domain that you might call, sub-moral," said Ross. "She defines the sub-moral domain as a kind of sewer where one deals with depravities and desires, such as marriage rights and duties, sexual greed, privatized love, economic selfishness, or territorial boundaries, borders, limits, even the limits that narrow a marriage to two people as we have it reflected in the modern marriage model. Nor does Mary place her chapter on marriage onto the next higher level that she has defined as the moral domain, labeled Christianity. Instead, she puts the marriage concept onto the still-higher level that she defined as the scientific domain to which none of those lower aspects pertain. She defined it as the Christ. She equates Science with the Christ. Both are terms for the gateway to Universal Truth. That's where Mary puts the concept of marriage."
"So, what are you saying, Ross?" I interjected.
"Do you have to ask?" he replied. "It pains me to realize that nobody has been seeing the concept of marriage on such a high platform before. Her answer is the scientific equivalent of the King's daughter correcting the king. Can't you see that? Don't you see that the level where this scientist pioneer has placed the concept of marriage, puts the concept far above the context where one finds all the petty sexual issues, sexual division, sexual privileges, passions, domination, subjection, marriage boundaries, and so forth? At the level of science where Mary locates the marriage concept, she deals exclusively with the process of coming face to face with Universal Truth; with honesty, Love, the beauty of the human soul that we all share in common, including all that is enduring and eternal and what makes us uniquely human. No boundaries exist there in this Universal domain in which we are all one, or limits us in any form. Only Universal Love dominates the scene of Truth, including ones honesty with both, and mostly with oneself. You asked once what is self-love in the highest sense. The level of science is where you will find the answer, which invariably point you to the still higher level, to Universal Love that is located at the highest level on her matrix where we are all one with one-another and with the Universe, or with God if you will. She says with that, that one cannot understand the real concept of God outside the Universal domain where everything is lateral and includes all."
"And here comes the revolutionary thing," he said moments later. "Mary has taken sex out of the development stream where marriage is located. She has put it into a separate development stream and onto the moral level."
From the political and religious science and romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
The Flat Earth Society
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