The Science of Mind, by Ernest Shurtleff Holmes , at sacred-texts.com
The story of the fall typifies race-experience as brought about through its belief in duality. Man is created perfect; that is, he starts on his journey as a perfect being, but he also starts as an individual; and this, of course, means that he starts with self-choice. Self-choice would have no real meaning unless it were backed by the power to externalize this choice and experience
the effect of it. Man has the ability to choose and to externalize his choice; for he is a real individuality.