WAR AND THE NEW HUMANITY
Feb 21, 2003 07:29 AM
by Etzion Becker
WAR AND THE NEW HUMANITY
As in all great critical periods of human history, humanity is
now going through the agonizing travail of spiritual rebirth.
Great forces of destruction are afoot and seem to be dominant
at the moment, but constructive and creative forces that will
redeem humanity are also being released through several
Although the working of these forces of light is chiefly silent,
they are eventually bound to bring about those transformations
that will make the further spiritual advance of humanity safe and
steady. It is all a part of the divine plan, which is to give to the
hungry and weary world a fresh dispensation of the eternal and
At present the urgent problem facing humanity is to devise
ways and means of eliminating competition, conflict, and rivalry
in all the subtle and gross forms that they assume in the
various spheres of life.
Military wars are, of course, the most obvious sources of chaos
and destruction. However, wars in themselves do not constitute
the central problem for humanity but are rather the external
symptoms of something graver at their root.
Wars and the suffering they bring cannot be completely avoided
by mere propaganda against war; if they are to disappear from
human history, it will be necessary to tackle their root cause.
Even when military wars are not being waged, individuals or
groups of individuals are constantly engaged in economic or
some other subtle form of warfare. Military wars, with all the
cruelty they involve, arise only when these underlying causes
The cause of the chaos that precipitates itself in wars is that
most persons are in the grip of egoism and selfish
considerations, and they express their egoism and self-interest
individually as well as collectively. This is the life of illusory
values in which man is caught.
To face the truth is to realize that life is one, in and through its
manifold manifestations. To have this understanding is to forget
the limiting self in the realization of the unity of life.
With the dawn of true understanding, the problem of wars would
immediately disappear. Wars have to be so clearly seen as
both unnecessary and unreasonable that the immediate problem
would not be how to stop wars but to wage them spiritually
against the attitude of mind responsible for such a cruel and
painful state of things.
In the light of the truth of the unity of all life, cooperative and
harmonious action becomes natural and inevitable. Hence, the
chief task before those who are deeply concerned with the
rebuilding of humanity is to do their utmost to dispel the
spiritual ignorance that envelops humanity.
Wars do not arise merely to secure material adjustment. They
are often the product of uncritical identification with narrow
interests, which through association come to be included in
that part of the world regarded as "mine."
DISCOURSES, pp. 3-4, copyright 2000 Avatar Meher Baba
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