is the tenth lesson.
"The purposes of disintegration are
these. Malice, Envy, Doubt, Falsehood, Ignorance, Lust, Cupidity, Fear.
All these make for
Destruction, which is the strong purpose that moves them all. Each of
these is divided and subdivided into myriad motives of disintegration,
many of which disguise themselves before daring to enter the consciousness of man.
"Malice and Envy present themselves
most often as Light or Justice. Doubt as Light, Lust as Justice or
Production, Cupidity as Building, Fear and Ignorance as Truth, and
Destruction as Progress. But the disguises vary with the individual and
with the moment, and the motives springing from these purposes are
"Each individual in your life is a
battleground of purposes that have fought from the moment the purposes
of disintegration gathered one to another. Each man struggles to
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
ally himself permanently with one or
another of the purposes within him. Thus is it that a man whose desire is
for light falls victim to malice, envy, and destruction; and he whose
desire is production, to lust. Weakness of purpose is a subdivision of
fear, and folly a minion of ignorance.
"All men aspire. Some with reluctance
and halting, but all feel the purpose of progress working within them.
They may mistake its nature or deny its power, but no man lives who has
not felt its prompting. This is the purpose beyond all others, the Eternal
Purpose of United Construction. No man can thwart it no man can evade it, no force can defeat it. Why,
then, oppose and delay it?
"Come, all ye who struggle and strive!
Perceive once and forever the
purpose of life, join now the forces of construction, and bring to all men Brotherhood.
"This is the tenth lesson."