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The Principal of Goodwill - Reflections
“Goodwill Amongst Nations”
The men and women of goodwill must not be energised into activity with the note of sacrifice. . . . The clarion note of joy, through goodwill activity, must be sent out. Let the beauty of what can be, the glory of the vision and the spiritual, scientific and physical rebuilding of humanity be held before them, inspiring them to renewed effort.
Through the work earlier done all over the world by the men of vision and of goodwill, there exist today many thousands of people in Europe, America and elsewhere, who are waiting for the guidance which will start them into right activity. In every land the men and women of goodwill are to be found, ready to respond to a clear call and intelligent organisation in the service of reconstruction. Let them be found.
The message to be taught prior to any future peace, consists of the following three clear and practical truths:
i. That the error and mistakes of past centuries are the joint errors and mistakes of humanity as a whole. This recognition will lead to the establishing of the principle of sharing, so needed in the world today.
ii. That there are no problems and conditions which cannot be solved by the will-to-good. Goodwill nourishes the spirit of understanding and fosters the manifestation of the principal of co-operation. This co-operative spirit is the secret of all right human relations, and the enemy of competition.
iii. That there is blood relationship between men which, when recognised, dissolves all barriers and ends the spirit of separativeness and hate. The peace and happiness of each is the concern, therefore, of all. This develops the principal of responsibility and lays the foundation of right corporate action.
These are the basic beliefs of the men and women of goodwill, and provide the incentive to all service and action. These three practical and scientific truths embody the three basic facts and the initial acceptance of all world servers. They are contrary to no world position, subversive of no government or religious attitude, and are innate in the consciousness of all men, evoking immediate response. Their acceptance will “heal” international sores.
I call on all the men and women of goodwill, as they fight for justice and the rights of the little nations and the future of the children of all nations, to begin to educate those whom they can reach, in right attitudes and in that foresighted vision which will make the mistakes of the past impossible in the future.
One basic divine attribute is not as yet as strong as it should be in humanity - the attribute of forgiveness. It is still associated with magnanimity. It is not seen to be essentially a condition of future relation between all nations, based upon a recognition of our common humanity.
The goodwill amongst nations will facilitate the establishing of right human relations, based on justice, on the recognition of inherited rights, on opportunity for all - irrespective of race, colour or creed - on the suppression of crime and selfishness through right education, and on the recognition of divine potentialities in man, as well as the recognition of a divine directing Intelligence in Whom man lives, and moves and has his being
The objective of those who are entrusted with the straightening out of the world, is not the imposition of democracy upon the entire world, or to force Christianity upon a world of diversified religions. It is surely to foster the best elements in any national government to which the people may subscribe, or which they intelligently endorse. Each nation should recognise that its form of government may be suited to it and quite unsuited to another nation; it should be taught that the function of each nation is the perfecting of its national life, rhythm and machinery, so that it can be an efficient co-partner with all other nations.
It is equally essential that the goodwill amongst nations should develop in humanity a sense of divinity and of relationship to God, yet with no emphasis upon racial theologies and separative creeds. The essentials of religious and political beliefs must be taught, and a new simplicity of life inculcated. Today, these are lost in the emphasis laid upon material possession, upon things and upon money. The problem of money will have to be faced; the problem of the distribution of wealth - whether natural or human - will need careful handling, and a compromise reached between those nations which possess unlimited resources and those who have few or none; the problem of the varying forms of national government must be faced with courage and insight; the restoration - psychological, spiritual and physical - of mankind must constitute a primary responsibility. The sense of security must be put on a firm basis—the basis of right relationship, and not the basis of force. Men must feel secure because they are seeking to develop international goodwill and can trust each other, and are not therefore dependent upon the strength of their armies and fleets.
The recognition of a spiritual influence, which is working through the New Group of World Servers, must steadily grow in some form or another. This will happen when the world statesmen and the rulers of the different nations and governing bodies - political and religious - are men of vision, spiritually motivated and selflessly inspired.
The future world will be the effective expression of a fusion of the inner spiritual way of life, and the outer civilised and cultural way of acting; this is a definite possibility because humanity, in its upper brackets, has already developed the power to live in the intellectual and physical worlds simultaneously. Many today are living in the spiritual world also. Tomorrow there will be many more.
I would ask you all to ponder on the vision of this new world of goodwill amongst nations, preserving an open mind and realising that this new mode of living hovers over humanity and will materialise when selfishness is defeated, right human relations are correctly envisaged, and the ideal of this new world of goodwill amongst nations is divorced from all nationalistic concepts and aspirations. It will not be an American world, or a French world, or a British world, or a totalitarian world. It will be the outcome of the civilisation, but at the same time it will be neither of them. It will be a human world, based on right understanding of correct human relations, upon the recognition of equal educational opportunities for all men, for all races and all nations, and upon the fundamental realisation that “God hath made of one blood all peoples upon the earth.” It will be a world in which racial distinctions and national unities will be recognised as enriching the whole, and as contributing to the significance of humanity. Such distinctions and nationalities will be preserved and cultured, not in a separative isolation, but in the realisation that the many aspects of human unfoldment and differentiation produce one noble whole, and that all the parts of this whole are interdependent. All will comprehend their relation to each other in one progressive, synthetic, human endeavour, and the enterprise of united living will produce an interior work which will flower forth in the production of a beauty and a richness which will distinguish humanity as a whole. In this all will share, with wisdom and a planned sufficiency, offering to the planetary life and to each other that which they have to contribute. This will be made possible because the whole of mankind will be recognised as the essential unit and as being of greater spiritual importance than the part.
This is no idle and visionary dream. It is already happening. Embryonic movements toward this world synthesis are already being made. There is a dream of federation, of economic interdependence and of religious unity, plus social and national interrelation, which is rapidly taking form, first in the minds of men, and then in experiments. There is a tie of united purpose, felt by many in the political and economic fields, which is no wish fulfilment or fantasy, but indicative of an emerging reality. It is felt and recognised by thinkers everywhere. . . . It finds itself distorted and parodied in the concept of the superstate with which the dictators of the world, glamour their peoples. But the links are being forged which will draw down the vision and precipitate the pattern of things as they should be in this next world cycle.
When this vision of the new world has been grasped by the men and women of goodwill throughout the nations, and has become part of the life and mind of every disciple and aspirant, then the next step will be to study the factors which are hindering its materialisation. For this a broad tolerance and an unprejudiced mind are essential, and these qualities are rare in the average student and the small town man. Past national mistakes must be faced; selfishness in the spheres of both capital and labour must be recognised; blindness, nationalistic ambitions, adherence to ancient territorial demands and assumed rights, inherited possessiveness, the refusal to relinquish past gains, disturbances in the religious and social areas of consciousness, uncertainties as to the realities of subjective and spiritual life, and the insincerities which are based on glamour and fear—all these factors are woven into the life pattern of every nation, without exception, and are exploited by the evil forces and evaded by the well-meaning but weak people of the world. These must all be seen in their true perspective. The eyes of the people who seek to work under the Forces of Light must be lifted from the world of effects into the realm of causes; there must be appreciation of the factors which have made and conditioned the modern world, and those predisposing factors must be recognised for what they are. This sizing up of the situation, and this recognition of blame and responsibility, must preface every attempt to bring down into active being the new world of goodwill amongst nations.
The new world will not come as an answer to prayer, or by the passive wishful thinking and expectation of the peace-loving idealist and mystical visionary. They point the way and indicate the needed objective. It will come when the mystic and the man of vision awakens to the need of the hour and comes down from the world of dreams, of theories, and of words, into the hard arena of daily and public life. He must be willing to fight for that which he desires and knows to be good and true and right, and must stand firm against those who seek to distort the vision and to arrest its appearance, arming for battle so that final disarmament may be possible.
The hindrances (which block the appearance of the future world of goodwill amongst nations ) appear to be many, but they can all be summed up in the one word, Selfishness — national, racial, political, religious and individual selfishness.
The practical aspect of the mode of elimination of the hindrances can also be simply stated. The vision will appear as fact on Earth when individuals willingly submerge their personal interests in the good of the group; when the group or groups merge their interest in the national good, when nations give up their selfish purposes and aim for international good, and when this international right relation is based upon the total good of humanity itself. Thus the individual can play his part in the bigger whole, and his help is needed, and thus the sense of individual futility is negated. To the most unimportant man in the most unimportant national unit, there comes the call for sacrifice and service to the group of which he is a part. (Serving Humanity p. 79 - 84)
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