In 1947, Alice A. Bailey wrote The Problems With Humanity. In many ways, it was a response to WWII in its exploration of evil expression on our earth. It feels as if it could have been written yesterday. Below is an excerpt:
“At the very outset of our discussion, it would be wise to remember that the entire problem we are considering can be traced back to the outstanding human weakness, the great sin or heresy of separateness. There is surely no greater sin than this; it is responsible for the entire range of human evil. It sets an individual against his brother; it makes him consider his selﬁsh, personal interests as of paramount importance; it leads inevitably to crime and cruelty; it constitutes the greatest hindrance to happiness in the world, for it sets man against man, group against group, class against class and nation against nation. It engenders a destructive sense of superiority and leads to the pernicious doctrine of superior and inferior nations and races; it produces economic selﬁshness and leads to the economic exploitation of human beings, to trade barriers, to the condition of have and have not, to territorial possessiveness and to the extremes of poverty and riches; it sets an important emphasis upon material acquisitiveness, upon boundaries, and the dangerous doctrine of national sovereignty and its various selﬁsh implications; it breeds distrust between peoples and hatred throughout the entire world and has led since time began to cruel and destructive wars. It has today brought the entire planetary population to its present dire and dreadful condition so that men everywhere are beginning to realize that unless something is fundamentally changed, mankind is practically already destroyed.”
We are born tender. We are taught to harden. It is only through softening to each moment, opening to one another and receiving the uniqueness of our individual expression that we will rid the world of separateness. We are all part of a greater consciousness that expresses so pristinely though the diversity of life on planet Earth. Harmlessness, cooperation, and creativity must prevail for humanity to prosper.
Soften to someone today. Open your mind to new ideas. Release separateness by observing any judgments or criticisms that may arise, including self-judgement and self-criticism. Live. Love.
Downloadable Podcast: Soften, Open, Release – Day 2
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