I challenge the thinkers of the world to drop their sectarianism, their nationalism, and their partisanships, and in the spirit of brotherhood to work in their particular nation, regarding it as integral part of a great federation of nations, – a federation that now exists on the inner side, but waits for the activity of the world thinkers to bring it to materialization on the outer side.

I charge them to work in the cause of religion, and in the field of that particular religion in which they, by an accident of birth or choice, are interested, regarding each religion as part of the great world religion. They must look upon the activities of their group, society or organization, as demanding their help, just in so far, as the principles on which they are founded, and the techniques which they employ, serve the general good, and develop the realization of Brotherhood.

I ask you to drop your antagonisms and your antipathies, your hatreds and your racial differences, and to attempt to think in terms of the one family, the one life, and the one humanity.

I would remind you that hatred and separateness have brought humanity to the present condition.

I would add to that reminder, however, the fact that there is in the world today a large enough number of liberated men, to produce a change in the attitudes of mankind and in public opinion, if they measure up by an act of the will, to what they know and believe.

I challenge you also to make sacrifices; to give yourself and your time, and your money, and your interest, to carry these ideas to those around you, in your own environment, and to the group in which you find yourself, thus awakening your associates. I call you to a united effort to inculcate anew the ideas of brotherhood and of unity. I ask you to recognize your fellow workers in all the groups and to strengthen their hands. I ask you to seal your lips to words of hatred and of criticism, and to talk in terms of brotherhood and of group relationships. I beg of you to see to it that every day is for you a new day, in which you face new opportunity. Lose sight of your own affairs, your petty sorrows, worries and suspicions, in the urgency of the task to be done, and spread the cult of unity, of love and of harmlessness.

I also ask you to sever connection with all groups which are seeking to destroy and to attack, no matter how sincere their motive. Range yourself on the side of the workers for constructive ends, who are fighting no other groups or organizations, and who have eliminated the world “anti” out of their vocabulary. Stand on the side of those who are silently and steadily building for the new order – an order which is founded on love, which builds under the impulse of brotherhood, and which possesses a realization of brotherhood, which is based on the knowledge that we are, each and all, no matter what our race, the children of the One Father, and who have come to the realization that the old ways of working must go, and the newer methods must be given a chance.

If you cannot yourself teach or preach or write, give of your thought and of your money, so that others can. Give of your hours and minutes of leisure, so as to set others free to serve the Plan; give of your money, so that the work of those associated with the new group of “world servers” may go forward with rapidity. Much time you waste on non-essentials. Many of you give little or nothing of time. The same is the case with money. Give as never before, and so make the physical aspects of the work possible. Some give of their very need, and the power they thereby release is great. Those on the inner side are grateful for the giving by those who can give only at great personal cost. Others give of what they can spare, and only when it needs no sacrifice to give. Let that condition also end, and give to the limit, with justice and understanding, so that the age of love and light may be more rapidly ushered in. I care not where or to whom you give, only that you give, – little if you have but little of time and money, much if you have much. Work and give, love and think and aid those groups who are building and not destroying, loving and not attacking, lifting and not tearing down.

I challenge you above all to a deeper life, and I implore you for the sake of your fellow men to strengthen your contact with your own soul, so that you will have done your share in making revelation possible; so that you will have served your part in bringing in the light, and will therefore be in a position to take advantage of that new light and new information, and so be better able to point the way and clear the path for the bewildered seeker at that time. Those who are not ready for the coming events, will be blinded by the emerging light, and bewildered by the revealing wonder; they will be swept by the living breath of God, and it is to you that we look to fit them for the event. ~A.A.B.

20 responses to “A CHALLENGE

  1. thg

    Here’s how one of our favorite writers, David Foster Wallace, put it:

    “The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.”

    Unfortunately, after battling depression all of his life, he killed himself last year. So very sad just to think about it.

  2. lockeanddemosthenes

    If only those who needed to read this most did, and if only those who needed to understand this most could. Thank you.

  3. bozosapiens

    The only valid truth in this line of thought, in my deepest of beliefs, is the issue of loving those we find ourselves surrounded by on this planet. I am completely devoted to serving my Creator in this way, and hope to grow in such practice as I remain in this physical reality. As for the unified direction of any religions, or any focus of humanism, I find no reasonable hope. I am completely and unashamedly devoted to the teachings of Messiah. By His Spirit and sacrifice is the way of Love born into man. No unity of heart will exist apart from Him. His recorded word has been made alive in my soul, and I can never embrace those outside of Him as true brothers and sisters. Apart from Him one can do nothing, and none will find their way into the Father’s eternal rest except by Him.

  4. jammer5

    There is the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    I don’t know that anything else is necessary in life, as it pertains to religion. How better could one live their live if one adopts and maintains that rule? Even if one were to not belief in a higher power, how could that higher power exclude that person from His glory if that person truly lived their life by that? I, for one, can’t believe He either would or could.

    To me, it would be like saying prior to the birth of Christ, every living being would be denied Gods glory because they didn’t belief in Christ, which is what many religions preach. I belief God to be beneficent in every thing He does. If man lived by the golden rule, would religion even be necessary in every day life? Personally, I don’t think so.

    • Jammer, agreed.

      His Father’s house has many rooms.

      Even the dogs get crumbs from the Master’s table.

      • jammer5

        I want the one with the sun roof 🙂

        • I think there has to be a different

          Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is a very myopic view. Ie treat/look at them the same. It undermines the diversity the world IMO.

          I like Do unto others as they would do unto themselves.

        • Gee, I dunno about that one Bear. 12 years ago I was busy drinking myself to death! Not sure I wanna do that to others….

        • jammer5

          I’m curious: Why would you think it’s myopic? Because I would want someone to treat me decently in no way hinders their, or my for that matter, way of treating them as individuals.

          Actually, there’s something to be said for both cases. It’s kinda six to one, half dozen of the other.

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  6. Zack!

    I like the sentiment, but I’m going to stick with the vitriol issued by that dude up in your banner:
    “Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case), had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right; and every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.”

    …and remember the words of Baudelaire: “Be as boring as possible in your daily life, so as to be as violent as possible in your art.”
    Or, something like that.

  7. Moe

    Sekan: I am fully secular and nevertheless agree with a lot of what you’ve said.

    I’ve always believed that a good deal of conflict and partisanship and fighting of all sorts comes down to good manners.

  8. Good post, Sekan, great comments, bloggers. God is love and he doesn’t discriminate, but loves unconditionally. I’m kinda afraid if I compared myself to anyone else I’d come up short and find I need to work harder at being a better person, so I’ll leave the judgment of others to someone more qualified than I’ll ever be.

  9. Sekan,
    First time visitors, so cheers for being quite the philosopher.

  10. Ty

    I’d like to re-post on my tumbler blog, with credit, and with your permission.

  11. dear kansas, this i quite a challenge. i guess that’s what the word implies (smile). i revel in the concepts. they bring me joy and i thank u. keep talking.

  12. johnpnts

    Quiet your mind. Close your eyes. Feel your body. Let your thoughts go away and melt into the collective consciousness. Life is good. Life is amazing. Your mind is the most complex object on earth. Emotions are unique, puzzling, and give meaning to life. Love is a real thing and is all around you. There is a Force, a power greater than yourself that is everywhere and every when. It is the Force that gave birth to the universe, and is in and of the universe. Meaning exists only as a home for love and life. These are the good things. Forget about details, religions, control, governments. Remember that you are one with humanity. We are all the same, capable of the best and worst. Use your mind and have confidence that it will naturally lead you in the right direction by default. Don’t believe in human interpretations that, by their very nature, change your innate ability to know right from wrong, good from evil, and life from death

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