The individuals who will most help the future of humanity in the new age

Therefore the individuals who will most help the future of

humanity in the new age will be those who will recognise a

spiritual evolution as the destiny and therefore the great need

of the human being. Even as the animal man has been largely

converted into a mentalised and at the top a highly mentalised

humanity, so too now or in the future an evolution or conversion—

it does not greatly matter which figure we use or

what theory we adopt to support it—of the present type of

humanity into a spiritualised humanity is the need of the race

and surely the intention of Nature; that evolution or conversion

will be their ideal and endeavour. They will be comparatively

indifferent to particular belief and form and leave men to resort

to the beliefs and forms to which they are naturally drawn. They

will only hold as essential the faith in this spiritual conversion,

the attempt to live it out and whatever knowledge—the form

of opinion into which it is thrown does not so much matter

—can be converted into this living. They will especially not

make the mistake of thinking that this change can be effected by

machinery and outward institutions; they will know and never

forget that it has to be lived out by each man inwardly or it can

never be made a reality for the kind. They will adopt in its heart

of meaning the inward view of the East which bids man seek

the secret of his destiny and salvation within; but also they will

accept, though with a different turn given to it, the importance

which theWest rightly attaches to life and to the making the best

we know and can attain the general rule of all life. They will not

make society a shadowy background to a few luminous spiritual

figures or a rigidly fenced and earth-bound root for the growth

of a comparatively rare and sterile flower of ascetic spirituality.

They will not accept the theory that the many must necessarily

remain for ever on the lower ranges of life and only a few climb

into the free air and the light, but will start from the standpoint

of the great spirits who have striven to regenerate the life of the

earth and held that faith in spite of all previous failure. Failures

must be originally numerous in everything great and difficult,

but the time comes when the experience of past failures can be

profitably used and the gate that so long resisted opens. In this

as in all great human aspirations and endeavours, an a priori

declaration of impossibility is a sign of ignorance and weakness,

and the motto of the aspirant’s endeavour must be the solvitur

ambulando of the discoverer. For by the doing the difficulty will

be solved. A true beginning has to be made; the rest is a work

for Time in its sudden achievements or its long patient labour.


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