Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
Let vision come and insight.
The Challenge of International Unity
"Unity and right human relations--individual, communal, national and international--can be brought about by the united action of the men and women of goodwill in every country."
The key to humanity's trouble has been to take and not to give, to accept and not share, to grasp and not to distribute. This is contrary to all accepted standards of behaviour in an increasingly interdependent world.
We have repeatedly been shown where the true values lie, but humanity has never lived up to the teaching given it. Spiritual impression, constantly conveyed by the great spiritual leaders through the ages, has not been adequately expressed in the lives of the people. They do not practice what they know; they fail to apply their information; they short circuit the light; they do not discipline themselves; greedy desire and unlawful ambition control, and not the inner knowledge. To put it scientifically and from the esoteric angle: spiritual impression has been interrupted, and there has been interference with the divine circulatory flow. It is the task of world servers to restore this flow and to stop this interference.
The immediate problem with which all nations are faced is that of gradually offsetting hate and distrust and initiating the new techniques of trained, imaginative, creative and practical goodwill.
People think today in planetary terms. They are aware of events in far distant countries; they are no longer the slaves of blind instinct, nor are they impelled to action by the momentary reactions of the physical body. They are capable of foresight, of careful and intelligent planning, and of organised cooperation. They have the needed psychological insight which will benefit their plans and purposes, and which will involve extended relationships with others, both within the immediate social and economic group and with those upon the other side of the world.
The Economic Problem
In considering the preservation of peace, it becomes immediately apparent that peace, security and world stability are primarily tied up with world economic factors. Where there is uneven distribution of the world's riches and where there is a situation in which some nations have, or take, everything and other nations lack even the necessities of life, it is obvious that here is a trouble-breeding factor which demands attention. The whole problem is aggravated by the post-war "population explosion," which needs special control measures. When there is freedom from want, one of the major causes of war will disappear. World unity and peace, therefore, should be primarily considered from the economic angle.
All these groups are still making their presence felt; the reactionary groups, because they have power through money or high place in their governments; the ideologists because they are meeting the need of differing types of mind who see the necessity for change and look for an imposed ideology to bring it about; and the inchoate masses, through the increasing momentum of their recognised need and their gradual awakening to things as they are. All these factors produce the present disorders, and condition the deliberations of the United Nations. Though there is no major war, there is no peace, no security, and no immediate hope of either so long as the development of nuclear weapons continues.
The reason for the corrupt politics and the selfish, ambitious planning of so many who wield power in positions of responsibility can be found in the fact that spiritually minded men and women have not assumed--as their spiritual duty and responsibility--the leadership of the people. They have left the power in the wrong hands and permitted the selfish and the undesirable to lead.
In the present outcry against world conditions, everything is being dragged out into the light of day; abuses are being "shouted from the housetops," as the Christ prophesied they would be. As people awaken to the facts and begin to think and plan for the future, they are aware of undischarged responsibilities. Their consciences trouble them; they are conscious of inequality of opportunity, of grave abuses, of the entrenched distinctions between individuals and the factor of racial and national discriminations; they question their own individual goals as well as national planning.
The steps that humanity takes today will condition the new age and determine our destiny. Will it be a destiny of annihilation, of a planetary war, of worldwide famine and pestilence, of nation rising against nation and of the complete collapse of all that makes life worth living?
Sharing of Resources
Today men and women everywhere -- in high places and in low, in every nation, community and group -- are presenting a vision of right human relations which must constitute the standard for the future of humanity. In politics, there are statesmen who are endeavouring to guide their people wisely but have as yet too much with which to contend.
None of this will, however, take place until the nations begin to talk in terms of humanity as a whole and not in terms of boundaries, of technical objectives and fears; in terms of the bargaining value of oil or coal, or in the language of mistrust and suspicion.
Guide Lines for Action
There is no counsel of perfection to give the world, or any solution which will carry immediate relief. It can, however, be said that to the spiritual leaders of the race certain lines of action seem right and to guarantee constructive attitudes:
The Work of the Men and Women of Goodwill
It is through the steady, consistent and organised work of the men and women of goodwill throughout the world that world unity is being brought about. At present, such people are in process of organising and are apt to feel that the work to be done is so stupendous and the forces arrayed against them are so great that their efforts are useless to break down the barriers of greed and hate with which they are confronted. They realise that there is, as yet. an inadequately sustained use of the principle of goodwill -- which holds the solution to the world problem. They have, as vet, no idea of the numerical strength of those who are thinking as they do. They ask themselves the same questions which are agitating the minds of people everywhere: How can order be restored? How can there be a fair distribution of the world's resources? How can true religion be resurrected and the ways of true spiritual living govern the hearts of men and women? How can a prosperity be established which will be the result of unity, peace and plenty?