is the sixth lesson.
"Men are afraid of fear. They fear to
fear, and fall into folly. Fear of disintegrating purposes makes for
wisdom, and wisdom makes for construction. Fear is a disintegrating
force made constructive, when directed against disintegration.
"Wisdom in high places has been
dethroned, and intellectual curiosity usurps the scepter. Men who should
lay foundations of wisdom experiment with fantasies of the intellectual dreamer.
"Brotherhood, to one class, is a
defensive organization, for protection. Brotherhood, to another class,
is an offensive organization, for pillage. Brotherhood, to another
class, is an organized attempt to preserve the unfit. Brotherhood, to
another class, is a dream of unorganized following of untried theories.
None of these know that all men are brothers.
"Evolution of matter follows
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
purpose, but when material things are
left behind, purpose continues to progress. Why, then, lose your purpose
in pursuit of material gain?
"Church and state alike urge morality
for personal ends, and recommend personal punishments. There is no
morality. There is only purpose, constructive or destructive. There is
no punishment. There is only consequence.
"Personal motives are deterrent
forces, neither actively constructive nor actively destructive, except
as they may be applied. These forces crowd in between the contending
purposes, hindering both and helping neither, except when compelled by
sheer force of numbers to
sweep on with one or the other.
"Forces of disintegration are
frequently mistaken for personal motives. They are always destructive.
Personal motives are always deterrent. Self-interest excludes sympathy. Purpose demands sympathy.
Self-interest excludes true unity. Unity is the Great Purpose. Any
morality based on personal interest is, therefore, a deterrent force.
"The time has not yet come when men
in the mass have vision. The great Purpose to the small mind is vague
and of no significance. Personal motives are more easily recognized than
purpose, and Church and state emphasize
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
and encourage them. But the time is at
hand when great conflicting
purposes will meet in combat for control of men. Wake the sleepers. Cast
off little things. Sink personal motives. Rouse Church and state to
perception of force and purpose, and unite together, regardless of class,
creed, or party, to win the world to purposes of construction.
"Church and state urge unity, and yield
none. Tolerance, freedom, fearlessness, light—these are almost strangers
to temple or court. Little by little the lines are softening. Little by
little we gain on fear. Here a tolerant and noble clergyman, there a
statesman who serves the state. But for one of these, a thousand huddle
under creed or slogan, and fear if freedom impels them all. This is
because they have not recognized purpose, and they impede progress who
might be its power.
"Come forth, then, priests, teachers,
and leaders! Call upon the people, not to follow, not to huddle, not to
hesitate, but to choose. Set ye the seven purposes clearly before them,
clearly perceiving them, ye that call, and bid them choose, for the life
of all, the purpose they will serve.
"Thus may deterrent forces become
constructive, and the Great Purpose known of all men.
"This is the sixth lesson."