Creating a Great Culture – Part I
By Richard Kieninger
In the latter part of 1973, my Teacher John instructed me to build another community in Texas, reinforcing my Teacher James’ earlier similar instruction. The purposes of this additional community are to assist in the tasks of disseminating Brotherhood information; to help build the Island of Philadelphia; to create an environment where members can practice the teachings of the Brotherhoods in a democratic setting while minimizing negative outside influences; to preserve technology and establish a highly cultured Lemurian civilization; and to preserve those aspects of contemporary and past cultures which are known to be conducive to civilized relationships while selectively eliminating those things that are useless and disintegrative. It is to the last two purposes that this article is devoted.
The Ultimate Frontier states, “The time has come for men and women who hold high the ideals of civilization to separate from the matrix of present world society and to create a refined way of life. Men must gather up their courage and make of their environment what they wish it to be.... and it [Adelphi] is charged by the Brotherhoods of scientist-philosophers with the task of helping men and women to be everything they can be.” (9th ed. p. 270-271) “Adelphi became the next step up towards the participants’ eventual acceptance into Philadelphia in the Pacific by becoming the place where the culture to be carried to the island is being developed.” (p. 267)
Gathering of Like-Minded Citizens
Not everyone will live in Adelphi prior to living in the Nation of God. The majority of Citizens will come from all over the world and go directly to the Island, as they will already be Initiates or higher. Many of us, however, need a safe, nurturing environment until then in which to develop ourselves to Initiation, and hence, Citizenship in the Nation of God. After Philadelphia is formally declared to be the Nation of God, those who have not yet elevated themselves to Initiate level can continue to live in Adelphi with the expectation of eventually making it to the Island.
Creating the Environment
Developing an environment which makes for a stable, advanced civilization involves consciously creating a great culture. Interim communities can function as an exceedingly stable environment within which the individual family can flourish. They quite naturally provide a setting for what is effectively an extended family situation. The children are secure within the overall framework of many people to whom they can relate and love, and the parents are part of a social group where they can find support and many compatible friendships. Sharing and cooperative effort are integral parts of the Lemurian Philosophy, and this means that husband and wife are intimately a team in rearing their children, and the whole community closely shares that responsibility with them. Intentional communities can provide valuable relief valves from the pressures that have evolved within the nuclear family and its people can combine an atmosphere of freedom and love for the benefit of future generations of happy, stable, productive Citizens, young and old alike.
Standards for Citizenship
And just as the Brotherhoods will limit Citizens of the Nation to those who are at least of First Degree, local communities must also maintain minimum standards for membership. A resident will find the environment of like minded individuals to be more conducive to personal development than living outside the community. Indeed, one finds great value in living in true community, whether or not he achieves Initiation by the end of his present lifetime. Much knowledge can be gained which will benefit him in his next lifetime, and he can contribute his skills in building a growth-engendering culture. We need the wisdom and experience of the older generation; indeed, for a community to serve all of its members, it needs individuals and families at every stage of life.
Characteristics of a Healthy Culture
First, we will discuss some of the characteristics of a healthy culture. We will use some quotes from four books to help draw comparisons: a study of the Yequana tribe of Venezuela in which Jean Liedloff describes the need for continuity of culture in her book The Continuum Concept[i]; Stanton Peele’s suggestions for healthy community in his book, The Diseasing of America, Addiction Treatment Out of Control[ii], Christopher Alexander’s study of the physical characteristics involved in building a more human community in A Pattern Language[iii]; and The Ultimate Frontier by Eklal Kueshana. Then we will catch a glimpse of the future civilization as it will be in the Nation of God.
In The Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff speaks of the need of every infant to have a complete in-arms phase in order to have proper psychological development In this in-arms phase, the baby is in physical contact with its mother from birth until by its own direction it lets the mother know it is ready to explore the world by creeping and crawling.
“.... .it can be of value to try to track down some of the qualities a culture would need to have, in one form or another, if it were to suit the requirements of the continua of its members. For one thing, it would need a language in which the human potential for verbalizing can grow. As mentioned by Jean Liedloff, a common language is needed, first of all. As mentioned in The Ultimate Frontier, “In the Lemurian Empire there was one language and one government. (84) In the Nation of God, people arriving from other nations will be taught English so that all citizens will be able to communicate easily. A child ought to be able to hear adults speaking to one another and he should have contemporaries with whom to communicate on his own level of interest and development It is also important that he always have associates slightly older than himself so that he can have a sense of where he is going before he gets there. This will lend familiarity to the content of his growing interests, so that he can adopt it smoothly when he is ready.
“In the same way, the activities of a child need both companionship and example. A society that does not provide them will lose in the efficiency of its members as well as in their well-being.”
“A sure sign that something is seriously missing in a society is a generation gap. If the younger generation does not take pride in becoming like its elders, then the society has lost its own continuum, its own stability, and probably does not have a culture worth calling one, for it will be in a constant state of change from one unsatisfactory set of values to another. If the younger members of the society feel the older ones are ridiculous, or wrong, or boring, they will have no natural path to follow. They will feel lost, demeaned, and cheated, and will be angry. The elders, too, will feel cheated and resentful at the loss of continuity in the culture and suffer a sense of purposelessness along with the young.
“Families should be in close contact with other families, and everyone, during his or her working life, ought to have the opportunity for companionship and cooperation. A woman left alone every day with her children is deprived of social stimulation, and she needs emotional and intellectual support the children cannot give. The result is bad for mother, child, family, and society. . . . But whatever the main house activity is, it should be done primarily by and for the grownups, and the children allowed to join in without unduly disrupting it in this way, everyone will be behaving in a natural, unforced way with no strain on the parents’ part to confine their minds to a childish level, nor upon the children to try to adapt themselves to what an adult believes is best for them, thus preventing their own initiative from motivating them smoothly and without conflict.
“Children ought to be able to accompany adults wherever they go. In cultures like ours, where this is largely impossible, schools and teachers might learn to take fuller advantage of the tendencies of children to imitate and practice skills on their own initiative rather than have them ‘taught.’
“The number of people who live and work together should vary from a few families to several hundred people, so that the individual would be interested in maintaining good relations with all the people with whom he deals. The knowledge that one will continue to associate with the same people is a strong motive to treat them fairly and with respect, as in country communities or small villages together as a society. The human animal cannot really live with thousands or millions of others. He can have a relationship with a limited number only, and in large cities it can be seen that among the throngs, each person has a more or less tribe-sized circle of work and social associates.” (Liedloff p. 138-141)
Learning the Rules of the Culture
“A baby tends more every day toward learning his people’s culture. He begins at this time to distinguish between his father’s and his mother’s roles in his life. His mother’s remains steadfastly what all people’s roles have been until now: that of a giver and caretaker who expects nothing in return but the satisfaction of having given. His mother cares for him simply because he is there; his existence is reason enough to guarantee her love. Her unconditional acceptance remains constant, as his father emerges as an important figure interested in his developing social behavior and his advance toward independence. His father’s approval is manifest when he earns it; his mother’s love is unconditional. The father’s constant love maintains the same character as the mother’s but has an overlay of approval contingent upon the performance of the child. Thus, nature ensures both stability and incentive toward sociality. later, the father will distinguish himself more and more clearly as the representative of society and guide the child, showing by example what is expected, toward choices of behavior appropriate to the particular customs in which he will participate.” (Liedloff p. 81-82)
Basics of a Conducive Physical Environment
Christopher Alexander’s classic work, A Pattern Language, describes in detail physical principles which his research has shown contribute to making a healthy human community. We will very briefly explore a few of these.
By utilizing considerations such as building houses in clusters of homes, with each cluster containing a home for an elderly person or couple, a home for a young couple, a home for a young family, a home for a middle-aged couple and a home for a retired couple, the generations have frequent opportunities to benefit one another. Young children desperately need the gentleness and wisdom of the elderly, and the elderly then feel necessary. Indeed, in this way persons in each stage of life have others in the subsequent stages to learn from.
Having work sites within walking distance of homes makes it possible for a man to be home for lunch and maintain frequent contact with his family. Also, children may ride their bikes along prepared paths which run adjacent to work areas and observe work in progress; teens may also apprentice under masters and learn skills at an early age, thus focusing their high energy constructively.
And, as in Colonial America, having cafes and taverns nearby for residents to drop in and discuss governmental concerns enables citizens to stay on top of community issues.
Martin Buber describes the need for successful community building eloquently: “The unavowed secret of man is that he wants to be confirmed in his being and his existence by his fellow men and that he wishes them to make it possible for him to confirm them, and not merely in the family, in the party assembly or in the public house, but also in the course of neighborly encounters, perhaps when he or the other steps out of the door of his house or to the window of his house and the greeting with which they greet each other will be accompanied by a glance of well-wishing, a glance in which curiosity, mistrust, and routine will have been overcome by a mutual sympathy: the one gives the other to understand that he affirms his presence. This is the indispensable minimum of humanity.”
Life in 800 A.A.
The Elder Brothers have given us a glimpse into the Nation of God as it will have evolved eight hundred years after Armageddon:
“The first thing you notice about the Industrial City is the superb health and well-being of everyone you encounter. Their relaxed, ready smiles and lack of anxious haste bespeak an inner calm and serene orderliness. Indeed, the frantic bustling which results from poor planning or careless oversights is even absent from the flow of vehicular traffic. There is no impatient honking of horns or screeching of tires. The quiet and peace is undisturbed by strident voices, roaring buses, or overhead aircraft This is due in large measure to the universal peace of mind of the Citizens operating the vehicles and also because the engines to move private and public vehicles are designed to be essentially noiseless. At any rate, the presence of birds is brought to your attention by being able to hear their song instead of being overwhelmed by noise.
“The city has no buildings higher than seven stories and there is considerable space between structures. Grass, flowers and trees grow everywhere around the buildings. This is a place where people are immersed in a beautiful garden setting. The people obviously are closely allied with the earth instead of masonry and pavement in this horizontal city. The air is pure and scented with the flowers and greenery; and although you are in one of the greatest industrial cities on the continent, nowhere is there a trace of smoke to mar the sky or soot to begrime the buildings. Energy sources no longer include the burning of fossil fuels or the use of atomic energy. Solar energy for generation of electricity and heating has long ago been perfected, and silent electric cars add no pollution to the air. Aircraft are propelled by magnetic motors and lifted by antigravity devices.
“The residences of different colored stone are set in spacious lawns, and the coordinated landscaping around them creates an overall, park-like setting. The homes are ample and beautifully designed by the commonwealth, which also owns them. They are rented to workers, managers and executives alike, who live side by side in these comfortable neighborhoods. The highest executives and factory machinists experience no class distinction between themselves. All are Initiates or of higher Degrees in the Brotherhoods, and their personal proficiency in their chosen fields makes all of them qualified experts. They are Citizens; so their understanding of the complexities of government, economics, science, and life in general is on a par. There is no cause for ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ among these well-adjusted people. They are too happy in being what they are and doing what they like to do for them to be concerned with their neighbors’ method of contributing to the commonwealth for remuneration. The kind of deep respect each person has for the skill and precision of his fellows’ work lends naturally to mutual acceptance and lack of feelings of smug superiority over others.
“All cities follow the same general layout whether it is Industrial, Educational, or Governmental. They are all limited to a maximum of 250,000 population, except the city which is the seat of the national government. The mart is the central feature of each city and town and takes the place of today’s downtown shopping center and outlying shopping malls.
“The mart contains all the city’s food stores and service and repair shops as well as the city’s theaters and restaurants (unless there is a hotel). If one wishes to buy an automobile or an apple, he goes to the city’s one mart. The mart is a service by the government to provide all the goods of the nation to every consumer at the lowest possible cost
“You note in viewing the city that the industrial sites are scattered throughout the residential areas so the employees can walk to work down tree-lined streets. Each neighborhood also has a combined primary and secondary school within walking distance of the children’s homes. This reduces vehicular traffic and adds a sense of leisure to the day’s schedule. The workday is about six hours and the average workweek is two days; therefore, three times as many employees can find work in the same factories, offices, and mart during the six days that they are open for business. This yields far higher efficiencies in both labor and plant The twelve-hour workweek leaves much more time for personal study, rearing children, and interpersonal relationships. The quality of manufactured goods is such that major items usually outlast the life of the buyer. Homes leased by the commonwealth are designed to be functional for thousands of years. It is therefore not necessary for the people to work for so much money to pay for replacement of these items; and the fact that there is no borrowing or interest charges anywhere in the nation makes everything far less expensive.”
What Is Culture
What is culture? In a general context Webster’s New World Dictionary defines it as “the training and refining of the mind, emotions, manners, taste, etc. and the result of this; the concepts, habits, skills, arts, instruments, institutions, etc. of a given people in a given period; civilization.” One way to understand culture is to identify and name the traits that are practiced by a group of people. Comparing and contrasting the resulting packages of characteristics, from different groups of people, is evidence that there are other ways of doing things besides the ones with which we are familiar. So a culture can be created by deliberately studying and deciding which behaviors a group of people wish to incorporate into their society as indicators of mutual respect and predictability of behavior. Other important factors in creating a great culture are the proper rearing of children and the physical considerations involved in construction, as the foregoing examples demonstrate. In the next issue, we will explore how an economic system can either create freedom for its citizenry or quickly become a means of totalitarianism.
A Culture of Violence
A look at our present society will quickly illustrate the lack of culture. In American society, sex when pleasurable is regarded as immoral and unacceptable, but sex with violence and pain is moral and acceptable. Our entertainment media clearly demonstrate this attitude. Questionnaires given to college students reflect our acceptance of violence and the child-rearing methods that produce violence. The students who have relatively negative attitudes toward sexual pleasure favored physical punishment and pain to build strong moral character in children, felt that violence is necessary to solve our problems, enjoyed sadistic pornography, found alcohol more satisfying than sex, got hostile when they drank alcohol, and often got “uptight” about being touched. A society will support behaviors consistent with its values and mores; and since America is competitive, aggressive and violent it supports the use of alcohol, which facilitates the expression of violent behavior, and it rejects marijuana, which actively inhibits violent-aggressive behavior. Significantly, people who have loving, well-integrated personalities use neither of the above drugs. Eroticism in our culture seems to be a necessary adjunct to aggressiveness, for eroticism seems closely related to violence. Further, a person with the ability to love and to feel comfortable with enjoyment of body pleasure is not attracted to eroticism.
Numerous studies of juvenile delinquents and adult criminals have shown a family background of physically abusive parents. The degree of their deprivation of physical affection can be inferred from their history of neglect and abuse. A study of parents who abuse their children were invariably found to have been deprived of physical affection themselves during childhood and that their adult sex life was extremely poor. Almost all the women who abused their children had never experienced orgasm.
Why are Americans so violence minded and anti-socially aggressive? Some observers like to point with pride that the “natural” aggressiveness of the white man has made him a “master” in this “hostile universe” and has led him to subdue nature’s resources and the “backward races.” Yet the Lemurian Empire prospered for 50,000 years without war, power politics, or economic pressuring of others.
Stanton Peele writes a scathing description of behavioral attitudes in the United States: “Defenses for murder have now been based on bad diet and eating junk foods, watching too much television, and taking medications or ceasing to take them.... All of this suggests some future point when no one can ever be convicted of a crime, since everyone has some kind of disease defense for their actions, and those who cannot mount a defense based on some disease will, ipso facto, be obviously mentally incompetent to stand trial! It is also important to reflect on what these various defenses for misconduct and mayhem tell us about our attitudes toward taking responsibility for ourselves and others. PMS and postpartum depression are explanations for why we mistreat those closest to us because we feel bad. These defenses seem to describe a completely self-gratifying universe where a bad mood or sexual urges are grounds for maiming or molesting children, and where the law and psychiatry try to justify society wide failures at the exercise of self-control.
“The hallmark of a civilized society is that people learn to restrain their impulses in line with the needs of their communities, neighbors, and families—a basis for civilized dealings that psychology and psychiatry paradoxically are now systematically undermining. We are in the process of rejecting the idea that people can be responsible for their behavior when they are in a bad mood We often see that how we word things reflects bow we experience them. What does it mean to call people ‘suicide victims’ and to say others suffer from ‘alcohol abuse’ rather than saying that they have killed themselves or abuse alcohol? Misusing the language in these neo-Orwellian disease formulations is the surest sign that we are deceiving ourselves in preparation for living in a desolate social universe that we decry but cannot change.” (220-221) Dr. White mentioned that only two generations are needed for a culture to collapse from its citizens’ compounded selfishness and crudeness. (TUF, 9th ed. P. 173)
Jean Liedloff notes, “Some of the most exasperated and contrary’ children are those whose antisocial behavior is really a plea to be shown how to behave cooperatively.” (xv) Abraham Maslow, in his Toward a Psychology of Being, “Psychological Data and Human Values,” states: “Research findings are rare, but there is now available a large store of clinical and educational experience which allowed us to make a reasonable guess that the young child needs not only gratification; he needs also to learn the limitations that the physical world puts upon his gratifications, and he has to learn that other human beings seek for gratifications, too, even his mother and father; i.e., they are not only means to his ends. This means control, delay, limits, renunciation, frustration-tolerance and discipline. Only to the self-disciplined and responsible person can we say, ‘Do as you will, and it will probably be all right”’
Moving Toward Peaceful Coexistence
Though we can understand the reasons our society tends to produce individuals far removed from their natural continuum, and hence are unsocial, hostile creatures, we can, nevertheless, according to Stanton Peele, choose to behave in ways that are social and respectful. The pressure to act in less than social, respectful ways may be great at times because of our faulty rearing. As it is now, behavior is superimposed from without. Ideally, when a child is born into a healthy culture, good behavior is internalized from good examples, and one does not have to exercise as much will in order to be a healthy social creature. As we incorporate into the community even more of the systems that make for greater sociality, the pressure to change our behaviors will lessen—he customs will be internalized naturally from infancy on. We know we cannot mandate that we love each other; what we can do is establish a system that allows us to treat each other with respect. And we cannot even say that all people will actually respect each other at all times; however, we can follow this system of guidelines and behave as though we have the utmost respect for each other.
Customs and Manners Are Teachable
The backgrounds of individuals in Western society can vary enormously; their manners (or lack of them) and ways of communicating with one another can be so diverse as to seem at best confusing and at worst hostile to one raised differently. We have no clear code of right and wrong, no consistent customs that demonstrate respect, in fact, we’ve come to the point where we excuse every kind of behavior and hold no one accountable for their misbehaviors. In Colonial America, there were social pressures put on each other to act according to the customs of the society. In Mutant Message Downunder[iv] author Marlo Morgan relates the example of how such pressure to act socially is conveyed early on in the Australian Aboriginal culture. If a young child, for instance, attempts to take another’s toy, all the adults become quiet and stare at the misbehaving child. The child immediately receives the clear message that his behavior is not acceptable in the tribe. Contrast that with what we are likely to witness happening in our society—perhaps a remonstration to the objecting child: “Now, Johnny, learn to share.”
“We have before us a day to live, and we know that live it we must.
We can choose either to live it in joy or in misery; why not choose joy?”
Since people, arriving into the Nation of God, will be coming from varying cultures around the world. They will appreciate having a clearly delineated and continually demonstrated system of behavior, as well as a common language. This system will become immediately clear to our children and future generations as they are born into it.
Sense of Self and Sense of Community
In determining the criteria to be placed on our behaviors and what is expected of each member of the developing culture, it is natural to be concerned that we may lose our individuality and uniqueness in the process. In The Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff explains, “One tends to view foreign or exotic peoples as having fairly uniform personalities, and primitives perhaps even more so. But of course this is not the case. Conformity to the local mores gives a certain similarity to the behavior of the members of a society, but in the more continuum-correct society, differences among individuals are freer expressions of innate characteristics, since the society has no need to fear or try to suppress them.” (p. 143) The further the degree of departure from the natural continuum one is, the more unsocial is his behavior, so that society will place greater and greater restrictions on his freedom to express himself.
It would appear that rather than suppressing individuality, having predictable mores and codes of behavior in fact make it more possible. Even the Archangels, diversity of personality is present, because They have high regard for the cooperative spirit Disrespectful or manipulative behaviors never occur among Them.
Concepts of Culturation
Mrs. Liedloff further states that the social behavior of a child develops among expected influences and examples set him by his society, and he feels impelled to do what he perceives is expected of him by his fellow humans; the fellow humans let him know what they do expect, according to the culture. Yet there is plenty of room for differences, individual or tribal, without transgressing the limits determined by the society. (p. 27-28)
Another consideration is the critical need for properly educating women in the how-to’s of rearing children. There are many techniques of child rearing given by the Brotherhoods and since confirmed by Glen Doman, Dr. Raymond Dart, and Maria Montessori. The methods have been tested and repeatedly proven to work. Mrs. Liedloff points out: “What is useful to observe is that a society of socially motivated individuals will live by the dictates of its culture and can be relied on to do so. The antisocial, or criminal, character does not develop in people whose continuum expectations have not been disappointed.” (146)
The long-term coupling of men and women into a state of marriage has its foundation in the natural psychological and physiological needs of human beings. The legal and religious sanctioning of those couplings is manmade and subject to wide swings in style and custom. The mode of nurturing and socializing the offspring has been subject to many different attitudes and theories about child rearing over the centuries and in various cultures, but the scientific investigation of the real nature of learning and psychology will lead us to eventually know how to help unfold the most enlightened, happy and fully functioning Egos in fulfillment of the human potential.
Europeans regarded breast feeding as swinish and filthy until encouragement to nurse one’s own child was introduced into England in the eighteenth century. Twenty centuries of separation of the mothers from their children made for a very remote relationship between parents and child; and high infant mortality under these circumstances helped keep European population low.
Raising a Child with Love
The Brotherhoods inform us that the proper rearing of children is essential to the progress and maintenance of a high level of civilization. Based on millennia of observation and experience in Lemuria and other advanced cultures, it becomes obvious that only highly developed individuals can comprise a highly developed civilization. It is mandatory that if a culture is to produce Initiates in large numbers, it must devote much of its attention and energy to the maximization of the potentials of each succeeding generation. Each child must receive optimum support and training if he is to be neurologically, emotionally and psychologically fulfilled and have the best chance at becoming intellectually bright and creative. His intelligence is directly proportional to all these factors.
From The Ultimate Frontier, “A whole new way of rearing children must be encouraged by you to prepare them from infancy onward for deep marital satisfaction and sublime contentment as adults. These new rearing practices should put an end to antisocial aggressiveness and the desire for power over others, which breeds the drive for money and materialistic possessions. The inborn human drive to please others and receive pleasure, which society has labeled as evil, is being strictly suppressed in children through shame and punishment. This puts people at odds within themselves for a lifetime.” (TUF 9th ed. p. 257)
Toward this end, a recent concept, the “helping” mode of child rearing was introduced. Here the parents are encouraged to let the child’s physiological and psychological needs as they emerge determine what guidance and assistance is to be given. Both parents are fully involved in the child’s life as they work to empathize with and fulfill his expanding awareness. Children are not struck, scolded or made to feel guilty. This involves an enormous amount of time, energy and discussion on the part of both parents, especially for the first six years. Helping a young child reach his daily goals means constantly responding to him, playing with him, tolerating his experiments, interpreting his emotional conflicts, and providing the objects and services specific to his evolving interests. It is already evident that this results in a child who is gentle, sincere, never depressed, not peer imitative, and is strong willed and not intimidated by authority.
Although our Creators endowed our cortex with fabulous potentials, and our environment is full of beneficial stimuli, and our civilization has harnessed an incredible wealth of information, our cortexes still are not developed to full functioning. That is because a child’s brain requires full development of each neurological stage as prerequisite for proper development of the next higher stages of the human brain, but our culture is not attuned to the needs of infancy and has traditionally, but hopefully unintentionally, subverted children’s growth. Only by fully developing a given stage of a child’s brain growth is the next stage allowed to develop richly and well; poor development of or injury to one stage means that the next stage (and, consequently, all higher stages) can only develop poorly. Jean Ledloff’s studies underscore the need of human infants to have a complete in-arms experience with its mother, then be permitted to creep and crawl freely. Glen Doman’s work further backs this up.
The neurological development of a child’s brain is obviously influenced by the kind of body pleasures or pains he experiences from early infancy on, and these will tend to predispose him to a lifetime of either pleasure orientation or violence proneness. A child’s early sensory experiences of frequent cuddling and prompt attendance to his needs produces low anxiety and a pleasure oriented disposition later in life. Deprivation of cuddling and the administering of physical punishment results in high anxiety with its attendant neurotic armoring against feelings and violence proneness.
Our Creators intended for us to be fully in touch with the Earth and consequently in touch with our interior selves instead of being alienated and anxious castaways on our journey through incarnation. Our bodies and brains contain all the tools by which our Egos can achieve internal unity and deep communion with others. Adelphi is evolving more humane and loving methods of rearing and educating children to the end of returning our erstwhile stifled individuality, productivity, creativeness, and interpersonal relationships to the God-given inheritance it is our right to have and to enjoy. Enlightened self-direction by everyone is the Brotherhoods’ goal. People need to be reawakened to this goal, for this promises final rejection of the ages-old, dangerous practices of spirit mediumship, witchcraft, drug usage, and dietary extremism which have been touted by promoters to produce spiritual enlightenment but end instead in entrapment and despair. (TUF 9th ed. p. 270)
Violence-Raised Children Seek Violent Experiences
It is not TV and movie violence that is at the root of our sickness—this merely reflects our open acceptance of violence as a basic value of our society. Sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists have consolidated their researches to demonstrate that the deprivation of physical pleasure in children and adolescents is a major ingredient in the expression of physical violence which persists through their lifetimes. The unaffectionate manner in which parents rear their children and the social prohibitions against adolescents finding love and physical pleasure among their peers are at the seat of violent behavior. Laboratory experiments with animals show that pleasure and violence have a mutually exclusive relationship—the presence of one inhibits the other. Among human beings, a loving, pleasure oriented personality rarely displays violent or aggressive behaviors, whereas an aggressive personality has little ability to tolerate or enjoy sensuously pleasing activities or to experience love (as differentiated from sexual desire).
Of course, it would be far superior to have a culture which does not impose negative and crippling attitudes in the first place but a person must deal with himself in the here and now. There is much practical psychology that he must learn thoroughly, and with this knowledge institutions passing down unhappiness and ineffectualness to their children.
A Vision for Success
We are finding that the Brothers send the information and the people to help implement the information as we’re ready for it. It seems at times that not a day passes between the moment we determine we are ready for the next step and the “teacher” appears. We can think of nowhere else on the planet where the opportunities for such an exciting adventure exist. It is a well-rounded adventure, full of challenges and rewards.
By having specific guidelines of manners, customs, and behavior and thereby taking responsibility for our words and actions, we are beginning the work on ourselves, which in turn gives our children and newcomers clear-cut examples to go by. We are learning healthier ways of interacting as couples and neighbors. We are promoting the best we know in child-rearing, such as giving infants a complete in-arms phase, breast feeding, and allowing timely creeping and crawling opportunities. Parents are taught the best we know in child education and nutrition so that children’s brains have every opportunity for ideal development toward high intelligence and emotional maturity. And we are building our community physically in ways which promote life and sociability. If these are your aims as well, you may wish to join a community of like-minded people.
[i] Liedloff, Jean. The Continuum Concept. Addison-Wesley Publishing, August 1985.
[ii] Peele, Stanton. Diseasing of America, Addiction Treatment Out of Control. Lexington Books, 1989.
[iii] Alexander, Christopher. A Pattern Language. New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. To fully appreciate how critical it is to take the time to plan and discuss the physical layout of roads, neighborhoods, government buildings, cafes, lakes, etc., we encourage you to check this book out from your library. It is also available for sale at major bookstores.
[iv] Morgan, Marlo. Mutant Message Downunder. MM Company, P.O. Box 100, Lees Summit, MO 64063, 1991.