FROM: The Whisper--Vancourier to the Voice-June 1934
It is the Thought for Tomorrow that Shapes Great Nations: not Brute Force.
“Give Tomorrow a Voice Today.”
“Prevent Rather than Cure.”
“Let us shape Tomorrow’s Generation rather than patch up Yesterday’s Mistakes.”
GIVE IT A THOUGHT
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YOU ARE NOT so alone today as we were 25 years ago. Turn on the radio and see. And what will you say within 25 years more? May you not then hear the whispering thoughts of loved ones gone before you, which are as silent to you today as was your radio 25 years ago, only waiting for us to find the spiritual dial, as we found the material one within the mind and hand of man who did seek and find it – though it is but the shadow of the real yet to come.
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GIVE IT A THOUGHT
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Why assume more than your strength to carry? You but lose, waste or spill the fruits of man’s labor, giving birth to greed and selfish covetousness for those who shall lay aside their own labor and selfishly pick up your surplus wealth.
It appears easier to do so than labor for it, hence we gamble for myths only, not liberating our physical strength that might have been clothed in granite, forming an image as a conception o the greatest ideal of a God that my help man in his struggle to understand and solve the divinity, the infinite omnipotence; at least one letter of His alphabet, at least an individual unit of sound, instead of two, at the loss of both harmonious sounds in the discordant disputing vibration.
Let us carry on labor best suited our form; sing the melody best suited to our voice; and sleep in that peacefulness that gives birth to new and greater masterpieces for tomorrow—the last touch and reunion of soul. . . .
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THE PASSING of master men should give us courage,
for by their strength of character shall be built that hope of immortality
that should sustain us as did the confidence reposed while they lived.
Surely all these achievements do not die unfruitfully.
Things great were born of greatness, and shall go into greatness again
just as the raindrop carrying filth or clay to the sea, only to rise again,
purified, carried on to repeat its greatness under the light of the world,
THE SUM AND SUBSTANCE of Prevenient thought,
Is the guidance of individual life to avoid all regrets.
Is God Indifferent
A member of one of the foreign councils of the International Prevenience League has raised the question that faces every man on earth at a certain point in his development. Following is the general trend of this thought:
“From a study of the human frame and otherwise, we have sufficient proofs to believe in a God that ‘protects’ us. But then, His protection is rendered somewhat indifferent when we reconsider the manner in which we have been treated by Nature:
It would raise its winds and waves from the four corners of the world and demolish in one moment what we took decades to realize or accomplish. It would cripple a father who is the only mainstay of a large family, regardless of the consequence. We would be grateful if you can show us the reason for this seeming indifference of God.”
I have already given my answer to the question from several angles, including that of the evolution of Intuition and survival of the fit. No sculptor can complete his masterpiece without the process of cutting away, destroying, eliminating. Let me quote my answer to another who raised the question some time ago from a slightly different angle.
“We often condemn God because of Nature’s pitiless, cruel, death-dealing power. But we forget that God created a law to be obeyed. Therefore He has nothing more to do with that ‘cruel’ Nature that destroys life, for at the same time He has already given us a part of Himself, so that if we will, we shall know that law, making this terrible cruel power our servant and protector, instead of our master executioner. Did He not give us our volcanoes, our lightning, which we are slowly harnessing to do our work, instead of flesh and blood—even supplanting the beasts of burden? Then why do we cry in doubt and despair, condemning God for giving us His power of destruction and creation, when it is ourselves, by our ignorance, allowing the pitiless Nature and its law to bring us to our senses. Who therefore is the fool that wears a spiritual crown of Intelligence and grumbles because of its weight?”