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The Seven Purposes by Margaret Cameron 1867 - 1947

 

XII


 

April 12th.


 

"THIS is the twelfth lesson.

 

"Many men there be who fight for liberty and coerce their brothers.

 

"In war, all men must fight. But there is no man who may choose for another how his allegiance may be given.

 

"He who is not for progress is against it. He who has no allegiance that he will declare, is traitor to himself and to the purpose he follows. Cast him out and he will find his purpose known.

 

"So shall the opposing forces be clearly indicated. So shall each man find his own purpose clearly defined. So shall the wars within wars cease among men, and the fight be with you, as it is with us, between purposes and forces known and united, one against the other, until all purposes of destruction have been conquered and transformed, and the Great Purpose rendered free to progress to greater glories without end.

 

"This is the twelfth lesson."


 

NOTES

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ASKED to explain one phrase in the first Lesson, "the original purposes were all good," Mary K. said: "All were balanced. There is no evil that may not be good in proper combination. Evil is the gathered force of undirected and not fully animated good, combined in a destructive purpose by the attraction I mentioned."

 

An apparent contradiction of a statement in the first Lesson— "All pure purpose is fearless, whether for good or evil"—by one in the second Lesson—"The forces of disintegration are wily, but fearful. Bullies and cowards"—seemed to imply that forces of disintegration are not pure purpose. Mary K. explained: "They are pure purpose, fearless in pursuance of destruction, wily in bringing it about, brutal in consummating it, but cowards individually. Fearless of consequences when they


 

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THE SEVEN PURPOSES pursue, but fearful when they fail. Like Germans."

 

Early in June, I discovered a relation between the definition of Eternal Purpose in the second paragraph of the third Lesson, and the divisions of the purpose of Progress near the end. "Eternal purpose is perfect justice (Justice), perfect fearlessness (Production), perfect

understanding (Light), perfect honesty (Truth), perfect sympathy (Healing), perfect unity (Building), and eternal growth (Progress), which is progress perfectly expressed."

 

The end of the seventh Lesson seemed obscure, until the relation between its clauses was discovered. Written thus, its meaning is clear: "(1) No man is free who commands not himself. (2) No man is free who forgets his brother. (3) No man is free who fears to follow his purpose with all his force. (4) No man is free who fails to carry his share of the common load. He may have wealth and luxury, yet is he slave (1) if he commands not himself. He may be tempted by beauty (2) to forget his brother, yet is he slave, if he commands not himself. He may be frightened by calamity (3) in following his purpose, yet is be slave, if


 

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THE SEVEN PURPOSES

 

he commands not himself. He may be beaten by strangers (4) while carrying his share of the common load, yet is he slave if he commands not himself."

 

9th Lesson.

 

A curious inconsistency in the use of verbs will be noticed here, archaic and modern forms appearing in the same sentence repeatedly. This may have been due to my great fatigue when this lesson was taken, to the presence in the room of other persons, or to some condition or intention as yet unexplained.

 

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