We are, without a doubt within a period that will bring many changes to the way we live our lives and represents an example of the convergence of crisis and opportunity. I believe the objectives of the physical reconstruction of the world must include the following concepts, for we are expanding in our consciousness moment by moment and that expansion must be reflected in any successful realignment of the physical world. The world we see is, in every way, a product of conscious response to stimulus. That conscious response gets refined over time and the outward expression will become refined along with it. This is the true evolution. It is not the evolution of form, but the evolution of consciousness, which is obviously perceived in its outward expression.
Humanity is moving toward a better understanding of its own nature and the nature of the world it inhabits. The evolution of consciousness creates for itself a telos or direction toward more accurate expression of its divine nature. Only those experiments which yield movement in that direction are continued. In the human kingdom, this is movement toward the understanding of unity; the unity of all physical expression of the life force that is becoming better aware of its own nature through that physical expression. If this is in fact the direction that life is moving then the future societies will better express the need for an environment which will allow this development to flourish. “For the new construction of surroundings one should realize whither life is directed”.
If we are becoming aware of our unity with all men then they should be granted the same opportunity for growth which we declare for ourselves. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are granted by the US bill of rights but we are not so quick to grant those to all people until we establish our dominance and superiority. That kind of hypocrisy has to be eliminated. No man can be free until all men are free; but what is freedom? It, like everything else expresses itself on many levels. The freedom of self determination means nothing to someone who has no food. Free access to technology as a governing policy in a land without sufficient electrical power is worthless.
There are basic needs granted in the animal kingdom through its organization and integration with the plant kingdom that are the “right” of all animals. They include access to food and shelter and space to explore and experience. Human society as it has developed has banded together to create certain benefits of shared labor and specialization of trades that have made all of us better off in many ways. The problem is that these societies take away the free access to food and shelter at the same time. We are no longer hunter gatherers who can fend for ourselves and become dependent because of our specialization, on others in the group for the activities which are their specialty. This fact makes it incumbent upon the group to provide for those essentials which the group effectively takes away for the common good. Our common needs do go beyond just food and shelter. Shelter at this point includes energy. We also have a very real need for transportation. This and other aspects of life which we in the developed world take for granted have actually become necessities.
In order to create an environment where the survival instincts may fall away we must provide for those necessities in every land for every person. The resources of the world belong to all creatures. It is more than the environment that we live in; it is the organism of which we are a part. My brain has no more right to the use of my blood than my feet do, and I in the Western modernized world have no more right to the earth’s resources than a human being living is an undeveloped third world nation. Moreover, my use of those resources cannot negatively affect the other interdependent kingdoms of nature which have no voice in current decision making. We must protect them as we would protect parts of our own physical being.
We have become extremely adept at the preservation and repair of the human physical body, but only those with the economic resources can gain access. We do not treat all human beings the same way. As societies we have chosen to grant relative value to human life while we extol the absolute sanctity of all life. America must take care of Americans first, and we will have huge demonstrations against abortion while we neglect to even mention the 35,000 children who die each day due to starvation. Free and unfettered access to critical human need is the role of society and needs to be excluded from the “free enterprise system” which cares only about profit.
This means we free the human intellect from the driving concerns of survival. When a person has no need to worry about food or clothing, medical needs, shelter, and energy he is free to find a way in which he may express the true purpose of his soul. Some people will not aspire to great contribution and may find joy in what others consider to be the trivial. Every step on the path is equally is important as every other step. In the course of a life time or life times everyone will end up making a contribution which is appropriate to their particular level of consciousness. In our current system we are losing incalculable contributions from people who have no energy to spend on anything but pure survival. We occasionally hear a story about some unlikely hero who, but for some freak chance circumstance would have never been heard from.
There is a story I cannot verify, but will repeat for its symbolic value. It is about a boy who was hurt, I believe by falling in a hole on a farm. He was found and aided by a local peasant farmer and returned hurt but alive to his family which happened to be quite wealthy. The father of the injured boy offered the farmer a great gift that might be refused by some out of pride. He offered to take the farmer’s infant son in and raise him as his own in the wealthy home and provide for him a life and level of education the farmer could never have provided. The peasant farmer agreed, and we came to know the boy in his adulthood as one of the greatest leaders of western civilization. The potential existed in the boy, obviously, but if not for the event that brought his father into contact with the wealthy family we would perhaps never have experienced that leadership. Every day we are losing access to that kind of brilliance by having a great portion of our society living in fear for their lives and well being. Albert Einstein failed science and worked as a patent clerk. This boy could have more easily ended up in jail for theft of food or clothing had his circumstances not been changed.
If we raise the level of the living conditions of the poorest among us so that they have no worry about food and shelter, and we offer them free education so that they may better their own lives through struggle and challenge we lift the whole of society in unimaginable ways. There are some that would argue against such things because there are those who would simply take this aid and do nothing. That too is a stage and a step upon the path that is no better or worse than that of the true servant. It is something that must obviously be experienced by that soul at that time or it would not be happening. Barring the criminal mind, which too will fall by the wayside over time, the better you treat someone the better they will try to treat you and I think the appreciation of the masses of people who simply need a hand will show itself as an overwhelming counterbalance to any abuse.
I have, in my own life wished and worked for the time when I will be able to work full time as a servant of humanity without the financial concerns of everyday life taking my energy. We work full time just to keep the roof above our heads instead of spending our energy on constructive concerns and the betterment of humanity. The future society will not allow this waste of energy which enslaves the poor and builds the wealth of a few.
With free health care, comes free addiction counseling and detoxification treatment so that when an addict is ready there is help available. I have experienced the pain of knowing and feeling how far from the true expression of one’s nature you move when you are lost in life’s circumstance. There are many of those moments when an addict can be helped that are missed because there is no help available and a downward spiral that may have been stopped continues and perhaps leads to criminal behavior.
What we are talking about is freedom. Freedom of expression in that we become free to express the purpose of our soul, the reason we came into incarnation. If we have latent inside ourselves potentialities not yet realized, society’s role is to create that environment which will best draw forth or educe that potential. This is the real definition of education and it is the role every parent plays, for better or worse, in the lives of their children. I have heard the concept of the government as parents denigrated by some political factions, but maybe their parents were over controlling. The same people will tell you “it takes a village to raise a child” when it suits their ends. It does take a community to raise a community and that should be the goal.