Can compassion, that sense of goodness, that feeling of the sacredness
of life about which we were talking last time we met - can that feeling
be brought into being through compulsion? Surely, when there is
compulsion in any form, when there is propaganda or moralizing, there is no
compassion, nor is there compassion when change is brought about merely
through seeing the necessity of meeting the technological challenge in
such a way that human beings will remain human beings and not become
machines. So there must be a change without any causation. A change that
is brought about through causation is not compassion; it is merely a
thing of the market place. So that is one problem.
Another problem is: if I change, how will it affect society? Or am I
not concerned with that at all? Because the vast majority of people are
not interested in what we are talking about - nor are you if you listen
out of curiosity or some kind of impulse, and pass by. The machines are
progressing so rapidly that most human beings are merely pushed along
and are not capable of meeting life with the enrichment of love, with
compassion, with deep thought. And if I change, how will it affect
society, which is my relationship with you? Society is not some extraordinary
mythical entity; it is our relationship with each other, and if two or
three of us change, how will it affect the rest of the world? Or is
there a way of affecting the total mind of man?
That is, is there a process by which the individual who is changed can
touch the unconscious of man?
The Book of Life - November 28