is the fourth lesson.
"The world fears purpose that is free
and fearless. All the forces
of humanity are turned against freedom. The church imposes its creed,
the class imposes its caste, the profession imposes its etiquette, the
moralist imposes his fear, the libertine imposes his folly. All men are
bound by the conventions of church, caste, profession, or moral status.
Thus do they throw wide the door to forces of disintegration. Each man
assumes a purpose not his own; a force that is his own deserts him.
"Free development demands free
purpose and concentrated force. Wherever two or three are gathered
together to follow the same purpose in free and conscious co-operation,
there force is multiplied. Wherever an hundred are assembled to be led
like sheep by the bell-wether, there force is debauched and
"Because men have huddled together in
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fear, destruction threatens them.
Because free speech has been debauched to fell purpose, free men
distrust it. Men, forces of disintegration, but possessed of glib
tongues, have played bellwether to the multitude. Priests of purpose,
whose counsel was inspired by the Eternal, have been thrust aside and
stoned. Better were it for the immortal man to follow his purpose to
death and mortal oblivion, than to lose his force to the bell-wether.
Many purposes make great purpose. Many forces unite for freedom. But
better for immortal man to destroy greatly and greatly strive than
to sink his purpose in the
medley disguised as brotherhood.
"A great brotherhood is possible only
when its component parts are
great. Strength lies not in numbers, but in purpose. The fit may not lie down with the unfit, and
their progeny survive. The strong may not yield their purpose to the
weak, and their force remain.
"A light breaks in the East-Russia,
given as a sacrifice to the brotherhood of men. A light not of star or
dawn, but of sacrificial fire. Heed it, guard it, ye youths and virgins,
for by its flaming sacrifice are ye saved.
"Brotherhood is purpose of progress,
not purpose of profit. Brotherhood is made beautiful by unity, not by
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suffereth long, and is kind.
Brotherhood regardeth every brother, great and small. Brotherhood waiteth
upon brother and grumbleth not. All build together the common home of all.
"Seek ye those of your own purpose.
Unite together all who fain
would build. Master and man, architect and mason, financier and farm laborer, all work to the same
end, and this is Brotherhood.
"To work for the same purpose, in
whatever capacity may be necessary, this is the only true Brotherhood.
"This is the fourth lesson."