is the eleventh lesson.
"There is no man who has not force.
He may be frail of body, weak of purpose, light of mind, faltering of
step. Yet to some degree has he force, for without force personality
cannot exist. There is no man so frail of body, so weak of purpose, so
faltering of step, that he has not personality. There is no personality
that is not a force for construction or for destruction. None that may
not serve to build.
"There is no man so bound up in
himself, so personal of motive, so narrow of vision, that he may not
be turned from a deterrent force Into a force for construction, save
only those already given to purposes of disintegration.
"But no man is so vigorous of body,
so firm of purpose, so profound of mind, so sure of step, that he may
perfect his brother's life. 'Am I my brother's keeper?' has been
transformed from a question uttered in defense of
THE SEVEN PURPOSES
iniquity to an assertion uttered in
defense of arrogance. 'Am I not my brother's keeper?'
"No man is his brother's keeper. The
utmost that he may do for his brother is to arouse his brother's purpose,
whether for construction or for destruction. Call to the purpose of
Progress. Call to the seven
purposes of construction. Help ye each brother to find the onward way. But if he will not
answer, if calling fail to move him, then bid him destroy after his own
purpose, that the fight may be
open and his allegiance known of all men.
"Freedom to choose is the inalienable
right of every human soul. Who
hinders his brother's purpose delays the end of battle. Win him to
progress, if he can be won by calling. Bid him declare himself, if he
answer not the call. But he who coerces his brother, though it be toward
construction, prolongs the struggle and delays the Great Purpose.
"No man is his brother's keeper. "This
is the eleventh lesson."