“The best way to survive the night would be to treat it like the day.”
That quote, by Tony Judt, comprises a memorial ad honoring him (by Penguin Press in The New York Times, 8/11/10). Mr. Judt, historian and author, was described in The Christian Science Monitor as “a public intellectual unafraid to address his readers and listeners as moral beings.”
Mr. Judt’s words made me smile appreciatively. They also gave me cause to ponder the definitions of “night” and “day” from the “Glossary” of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy — an author who also addressed her readers and listeners as moral beings. The “Glossary,” she wrote, “contains the metaphysical interpretation of Bible terms, giving their spiritual sense, which is also their original meaning.”
NIGHT. Darkness; doubt; fear.
DAY. The irradiance of Life; light, the spiritual idea of Truth and Love.
“And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis i. 5.) The objects of time and sense disappear in the illumination of spiritual understanding, and Mind measures time according to the good that is unfolded. This unfolding is God’s day, and “there shall be no night there.”