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Those who believe in a sudden religio-mystical revival to change mankind almost overnight, are far from philosophy. But still they are only being foolish. Those however who not only believe this, but also believe that it is they or their particular religious organization that will help to bring about the revival, are also being self-conceited.

Just as the Germans were presented with the choice between Hitlerian revolution and democratic evolution as well as the chance of escaping a misery so much worse than the one Hitler offered to save them from, so humanity today has both choice and chance. The real decision is between obedience to a spiritual leading or denial of it.

With all too many people, both among the vanquished and the victors, everything within themselves remains as before the war. If anything, they are even spiritually emptier than before, because the negative feelings of bitterness, resentment, selfishness, suspicion, or violence have now taken hold of their hearts.

If we look the situation of contemporary humanity fully in the face, putting aside suggestion and propaganda, we shall have to confess that its salvation will never be brought about by the little mystical groups and large religious sects.

The "Kingdom of God on earth" is not a political concept but a personal one. Its realization will never be found outside but only inside the individual mind and heart.


-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 368






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