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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter III - Humanity Today - The World Situation
The ferment in the world today has permeated the very lowest depths of humanity. All fields of human thought are involved in the divisions and the confusions. In the past, time and time again, the nations were swept into wars of aggression. Such wars are rapidly becoming rarer, and our strifes today are based primarily upon our economic needs. For this there are obvious objective reasons. Over-population, trade barriers, the inequalities of supply and demand, plus the ambitions and [640] well-intentioned experiments of individuals in all departments of human thought and life are responsible for the upheaval. More need not be said, for the causes are generally recognized, and we are outlining a solution of a practical nature. But the true reason is deep seated and not easily recognized, though the world thinkers are beginning to deal with it and to see its outlines clearly. This reason is the conflict between certain great ideals, all of them based on spiritual ideas, but all of them prostituted to ends which lead to separativeness, to hatred, party strife, civil war, widespread economic distress, terror of a general conflagration, and fear on every hand. We are surrounded by fear and uncertainty, grinding poverty, suspicion, plus the general collapse of the bulwarks of religion and government which hitherto seemed to offer a refuge.

Leaders - both national and religious - are everywhere attempting to deal with these problems, prompted sometimes by a true love for humanity, sometimes swayed by ambition, or galvanized into violent activity by some ideal for human, racial and national betterment. Sincerity and insincerity, hatred and love, service and exploitation, divisions and unifications are found on every hand. Catch words are everywhere - religious unity, standardization of mankind, human freedom, the problem of the left and the right party, communism, fascism, nazism, the New Deal, liberalism and conservatism, creative living, population problems, sterilization, utopias, the rights of the people, dictatorships, rearmament defense tactics, public education, secret diplomacy, isolationism, - such are a few of the words which are today on everybody's lips, and which indicate the aliveness of humanity to its problems, to the difficulties with which it is confronted, and to the impasse which we seem to have reached. On every hand, people are coming to the front with some solution, gathering a party to put it over, and fighting for their ideal. [641]

Every day sees money spent like water in order to offset the propaganda of some leader, or to support the ideas of another. Campaigns are held all over the world to raise the needed funds to overthrow some ancient entrenched ideal, or for the substitution of some new idea. Men and women in both hemispheres are swept today by the desire to change the old order and bring in the new era of economic comfort and peaceful living, and are dedicating their lives to the defense of some principle which seems to them of paramount importance, or to the overthrow of another principle of importance to their brothers. Attack of personalities, defamation of character, the imputing of motives, and the stirring up of hatred are a recognized part of the technique of those who - with good intention - are attempting to salvage the world, to bring order out of chaos, and to defend the right as they see it. Love of humanity and desire to aid is unquestionably present. Yet the chaos grows; the hatreds increase; the warfare spreads; past efforts seem futile to stem the tide which seems about to sweep humanity over the brink of disaster.

This factor of futility, and the fatigue incident to the long struggle, are today recognized by the leaders everywhere. There is a demand for a new way, a desire to know what is basically at fault, and to discover why the strenuous self-sacrificing and divinely motivated efforts of many hundreds of men and women have failed to stop war, solve the economic problem and release humanity.

It might be stated that the failure is due primarily to two things:

  1. The effort has been expended in dealing with effects, and the underlying causes have not been touched, even when realized by a few. The attempt has been made to right wrongs, to expose evils and evil personalities, and to [642] attack organizations, groups, parties, religions and national experiments. This has led to what appears to be a futile expenditure of time, strength, energy and money.
  2. No effort has been made to find and blend into one organized whole the men of good will, of peaceful loving intention, and intelligent kindliness and goodness in the world, so that they can cooperate together in their vast masses. Those constitute an incredibly large number of people who hate war because they regard all men as brothers, but who see no way to end it, as all the organizations to that end seem powerless in the last analysis. They grieve over the economic distress but do not know what to do, as all the various groups dealing with the problem are occupied with laying the blame on others and seeking scapegoats; they are conscious of the breakdown of the many efforts towards good.

This spirit of good will is present in millions, and it evokes a sense of responsibility. This is the first indication in the race that man is divine. It is upon this steadily growing good will that the New Group of World Servers is counting, and which it is their intention to utilize. It is found in the membership of every group which exists for world betterment, and constitutes an unused power which has never yet been organized into a whole, as the loyalty and effort of the individual man of good will has hitherto been given to his organization or endeavor. It is the intention of the New Group of World Servers not to interfere with this loyalty or to arrest any activity, but to gather into one organized whole all these people, without creating a new organization or sidetracking any of them from the work they have already undertaken.

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