Stepping Stones to an Improved Civilization
By Richard Kieninger
Why have the Brotherhoods emphatically stated that a culture must be created and be preserved to bridge the next planet-wide cataclysm? A look at the timeline of significant historical milestones shows the length of time involved to “recover” from cataclysmic changes.
5500 BC: A portion of mankind learns how to stay alive after the last world-wide cataclysm.
1225 AD: The Magna Carta, a set of articles limiting King John’s power and initiating common law is accepted.
1776: U.S. Constitution establishes a limited-power government.
1863: Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln further broadens the definition of freedom.
1900s: The acts of the US Congress and the presidential Executive Orders remove intrinsically valued currency, prohibit religious observances in public places, support family-disrupting activities, and deplete our military manpower and hardware. At the time of this writing, the government, bankers and corporations own and/or control nearly all land in the country and have signed most people into one form of servitude or another.
From this, it is obvious that Western Civilization will not be producing many more Masters if the world continues on its current track. The human race has taken over 7000 years to lift itself to basic understanding that “... all men are created equal” and only 100 years to fall into the slavery of the modern one-world corporation/government. Our only hope is to save our appropriate technology—machines and people—and continue where we left off without the encumbrances of Katholis, Phrees and Priests. We, at Adelphi, are well on our way to building a solid framework of time-proven techniques for allowing the fuller human potential to emerge. We look forward to all of you adding your expertise to our part of the Great Plan!
Toward the goal of improving our conditions and building for the future, we have listed below the aspects of Western Civilization that can most easily be changed by individuals seeking advancement. Each aspect is examined by first discussing the current wide-spread problems followed by Adelphi’s undertakings for betterment.
• Respect for Human Life
• Families Are the Foundation of Civilization
• Live by the Culture's “Rules of Life”
“Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
Respect for Human Life
The Father Shall Be Divided Against the Son …
The front-page attention to the increasing incidence of violence in the public schools is a bottom-of-the-barrel approach at glamorizing human injustice. While these overt acts of violence involve only a tiny fraction of one percent of all school-age children, it nevertheless highlights a very real and deep-seated problem in the United States—the use of computerized toys to dehumanize the beautiful image of man. Through the use of video games, violent movies (most of them) and television (sit-coms, soap operas, news, commercials, etc.), children slowly and inexorably grow up learning that disrespectful behavior, the ultimate of which is killing and war, are merely like entertainment. Spending so much time interacting with fantasy creates a blurring between what their physical senses report and the years of unreal images still active in their brains. The “bad guys” are depicted as grotesquely deformed monsters who live only to destroy and kill everything they encounter. These scenes of violence are far more degrading and obscene than any portrayal of the gentle acts of love-making, which many Americans find so dirty. What perversity has so twisted our values that love is made base and war exalted?
These situations evidence a pernicious and craven attitude which is the exploitation, through fantasy, of an adolescent viewer’s highly suggestible mental state. This, coupled with wide-spread portrayals of an “anything-goes lifestyle,” sets up the unwitting youth for personal involvement in the various forms and techniques of violence.
A notable precedent of this atrocity was the conditioning of the general population in ancient Rome to degrade themselves as spectators of the popular “bodily contact sports” of the Roman arena. The intensity of the screams of the emotionally-hardened spectators rose and lowered in proportion to the degree of physical injury, taking place on the sands of the arena. The modern-day population finds its counterpart as spectators of football, ice-hockey, auto-racing, “professional” wrestling and the skyrocketing levels of gambling and stock-market mania. When bestial forms of pleasure, either direct or vicarious, displace the subtle pleasures of goodness, that culture, like ancient Rome, has lost the moral fitness to survive.
Love Your Neighbors as Yourself
The competitive ethic, which teaches children that they must advance at the expense of others, is being replaced in Adelphi by values of co-operation and a pursuit of excellence for its own sake. We raise children to be emotionally capable of giving love and affection rather than exploiting others. Parents can help their teenagers by openly and honestly discussing topics of concern. Such demonstrations of caring provides an environment supportive of mature attitudes and the growth of respectful relationships.
Nobody starts out in life wanting to be bad—neither the parents nor child. But we all have habits that are passed on to our children regardless how much we try to suppress them. Most habits are so ingrained in Western people that we don’t even recognize them. The habit-forming mechanism is the physical plane counterpart of our power of Mind called consciousness, which is constantly being programmed through the input of our senses—seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting. The result is that we mimic those around us and adapt their ways of thinking; even their very patterns of thought! It’s not until around the mid-30s that our Egoic consciousness effectively asserts itself over our physical brain. This continues through the rest of our lives and is experienced as a sense of difficulty with the status quo.
The key to learning how to love depends on developing self-worth, and this depends upon performing and accomplishing in accordance with one’s higher ideals. This is in contrast to the current practice-at-large of reducing frustration by lowering one’s ideals and demands of conscience in order to satisfy one’s desires without psychic conflict, which is a distortion of emotional maturity. Acquiring the Great Virtues, being recognized for one’s contribution of skills, practicing love of Christ, and accepting responsibility in serving others are the paths to self-worth and self-love; and these in turn eventually allow one to give love and become an open channel for it. Love supplants fear and hate; and inasmuch as bodily ills, insanity, bigotry and warlike tendencies spring from fear and hate, the loving person is free of these destructive, crippling conditions. Indeed, he becomes attuned to Christ’s work for mankind’s uplift.
Families Are the Foundation of Civilization
Breaking Down Family Structures
In Western culture, the separation of infant and mother at birth followed by farming out the baby to sitters or to day care, causes children to be alienated from parents and establishes a lifelong pattern of rejection feelings. One tragic result of this practice is that children bond to material things (teddy bears, blankets, toys) rather than to their parents (and vice-versa) because basic mental, physical, and spiritual needs were neglected in infancy and childhood. A corporate structure which tends to separate either parent from the family by travel, extended meetings or overtime work weakens the parent-child relationship and harms family stability.
The pattern also allows easy acceptance of the nuclear family, which consists of a man and wife and their children. The expanding requirements of a growing family and the desire and ability to move up to more prestigious neighborhoods or out of deteriorating neighborhoods, induce parents to follow the job market by moving every few years. Being on the move away from relatives, friends and familiar, supportive groups of people and church forces the nuclear family to cling together and try to be all things to both the parents and the children as they move from location to location. Such moves separate a family from their kin and make them almost wholly dependent on their own resources. The resultant sense of isolation from the other transient people in the constantly fluctuating neighborhoods turns the family inward on itself in order to provide a measure of security from the rootlessness of their outer environment.
The plight of our greatest resource—children—in our mobile, socially aloof neighborhoods is dehumanizing. Children have no sense of caring about the unknown people teeming about them, and they feel alienated from the temporary neighbors, temporary fellow students, and they become victims to sharpsters who prey on their innocence. Such children don’t put down roots or give trust or even feel wanted by society, let alone needed. They tend to strike out rather than reach out. Their own little nuclear family is stifling, and the implied or stated demand that they give their love exclusively to their parents in exchange for being fed, clothed, educated, and entertained becomes burdensome and guilt engendering.
The pursuit of material possessions does not allow the mother and father of most families to have much time for their children. While the youngsters may be well fed and clothed and have material advantages, they grow up without the all-important loving involvement with their parents, which would have set the stage for a healthy, interpersonal regard for others. Parents and children may talk in the car en route to school or day care, and to home afterwards; however, after arriving home, it’s everyone for themselves. The pressure derives from the fact that no one is getting even his minimal needs met. There is not enough time to get the housework done, not enough time to spend much “quality time” with each other, or to see that homework gets done, or to even have regular marital sex.
With families in decline for the past several decades there is little wonder that academic skill levels are plummeting and that crime is escalating geometrically. For many children, gangs are replacing the missing parental guidance. But gangs have distorted ethics. Everywhere there is fragmentation, frustration, irritation and pressures, and the few pleasures available come through drugs and the things we purchase rather than from loving associations in the home and elsewhere. No wonder children move away from home as soon as they can. But have they been equipped to do any better?
Whatever is necessary to hold existing families together must be found, because a society without a strong, stable family life is doomed. Russian people found this out a few generations ago when their experiments against families ended in national disaster. Divorce was made easy and the state appropriated the children and raised them in communal boarding schools away from the influence of parents. They found that the children raised under this system were so socially dangerous they were “removed from society” during the time of the Nazi invasion. The Soviet leaders re-established family law inside Russia itself but continue to impose the family-destroying methods to undermine and break down family structures in an occupied satellite country in order to cripple and dominate it. This illustrates the importance now attached to a stable family by the Communists.
Numerous studies of juvenile delinquents and adult criminals have revealed a family background of broken homes and/or physically abusive parents. These studies have rarely mentioned, let alone measured, the relationship between deprivation of physical affection and violence. One notable study in this respect is that of Brandt F. Steele and C. B. Pollock, psychiatrists at the University of Colorado, who studied child abuse in three generations of families who physically abused their children. They found that parents who abused their children were invariably deprived of physical affection themselves during childhood and that their adult sex life was extremely poor. The hypothesis that physical pleasure actively inhibits physical violence can be appreciated from our own sexual experiences. How many of us feel like assaulting someone after we have just experienced orgasm?
The Basics of Families
The family is at the core of society, and thus it holds a vital place in the philosophy of The Ultimate Frontier. Conversely, a society and its culture can only be as good as the family units within it.
Family building does not happen automatically; it takes years of happy interactions that are as close to one-on-one as possible for the older generation to pass on the best that it has to offer to the succeeding one, and for the younger generation to receive, integrate, and put into daily practice that which it has been given.
One of the many essential requirements for forming a successful family (and civilization) is an attitude of personal responsibility. An individual who has assumed personal responsibility for what is occurring in his environment will immediately recognize other individuals who have also assumed responsibility. This attitude is the seed of trust and the foundation for true cooperation.
Personal Responsibility is best seen as an attitude toward oneself and an awareness of events and forces in the environment. It implies a determination of and a prioritization of activities and for decision-making and action in the flow of our life. Such awareness and ability requires Discernment, Precision, Courage, Efficiency and Patience. Responsibility therefore implies the practice of the twelve Great Virtues as an individual deals with problems and other people in the environment.
Before people can truly love one another, they must first live in an atmosphere of trust and respectfulness fostered by a climate of safety, which is created by engaging in those behaviors that are conducive to trust-building. Hopefully, most people have acquired some respectful behavior and have gone through the motions of engaging in these behaviors many times themselves. With a little bit of concerted practice these remembered bits of respectful behavior can be put into practice and eventually into automatic responses. People are stable when they grow in an atmosphere of love and order, and society depends on stable people in order to accomplish its work and pull together for its advancement and preservation.
Marriages are the foundations of sound families. Western Civilization marriages are different from those that existed in more advanced cultures. For example, in Lemuria, men married no earlier than their early thirties and women in their late twenties. Furthermore, married couples lived together at least three years prior to having their first child to build their union into a solid, loving and respectful relationship between two intelligent, secure, independent, and psychologically enriched individuals. Preparation for marriage began in early childhood, and it was a great help that the entire society provided examples of emotional maturity for children as they grew up.
The Lemurian school system conducted separate, confidential classes for boys and girls in their late teens and instructed them how to achieve the mystique of their respective masculinity or femininity in relationship to the opposite sex. They were taught a passion about life while being protected from the traps of prematurely gratifying sexual desire without love, and they learned that good grooming, graciousness and mystery can attract and keep a mate.
Only an ordered family can produce the responsible and caring people who are so essential to a great civilization. A healthy family develops mature, vivacious engagers with life upon whom to found a great, exciting civilization.
Children are the hope of our future. So much so that if a culture is to produce Initiates in large numbers, it is mandatory that much of its attention and energy be devoted 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 of becoming intellectually bright and creative. His intelligence is directly proportional to all these factors.
Adelphi has been given specific guidelines by the Brotherhoods to help guarantee that children enjoy the highest probability of attaining full use of their brains and can thus help advance civilization at the fastest pace possible. These guidelines emphasize the necessity of the complete devotion of each set of parents and of the whole community to the education of Adelphi children.
The Brotherhoods have stated that every mother must be supported financially and emotionally by a loving husband so that she can devote all the attention appropriate to her children’s education and fulfillment of their natural needs. A wife is expected to have a child only when she is prepared and willing to personally lavish six years of intense, dedicated education on each infant and provide continual active support of each of her children for twelve years thereafter. Parents are expected to space their children at least six years apart because each child is entitled to exclusive upbringing by his parents during the first six years of life, when the great majority of his lifetime’s attitudes, morality, and intelligence will be established unalterably. As in Lemuria, families consist of two, and at most three, children.
Family planning is essential. Children must be properly spaced so that each can receive optimal affection and care. The needs of the infant should be immediately met. Cross-cultural evidence does not support the view that such practices will “spoil” the infant. It is harmful for a baby to cry itself to sleep. By not answering an infant’s needs immediately and consistently, we not only teach a child distrust at a very basic emotional level, but also establish patterns of neglect which harm the child’s social and emotional health.
Fundamental programming of behavior and attitudes is established in childhood. The most deeply rooted of these are learned in the earliest years of life. It is very difficult to undo what has been learned in the first six years of life. Years of psychotherapy often cannot undo bad childhood experiences. At best we can only hope to develop awareness and overlay it with a secondary response. On the other hand, a good childhood environment is the springboard for a happy, healthy and productive life experience. To develop a peaceful society, we must put more emphasis on human relationships.
Live by the Culture’s “Rules of Life”
In this country we are abandoning our code of moral law—not only sexual morality but such elementary precepts such as truth-telling, promise-keeping, respect for other humans and their private property, honoring of elders, forbearance and restraint. It is known that as morals decline, there is a corresponding increase in written laws—as though external rules could somehow substitute for personal character. But, as the Romans found, when the internally embraced moral laws were abandoned, they did not become free; rather, they discovered the tyranny of a multitude of laws and those who enforced them.
Our country, the U.S.A., that started out with a strong moral and ethical conduct has deteriorated into what we see and hear from the mass-media today. This deterioration also appears in our government with presidents who are consolidating all branches of government into a single, all-powerful entity. The tool of this consolidation is the Executive Order. While originally intended as a written method of communication that enabled him to facilitate administrative functions, Executive Orders are now being used to circumvent our system of representative government—no checks and balances, no debating the issue, only the whims of the president and his unelected advisors in executing policy of this nation!
Building on the 1917 Trading With the Enemies Act, President Franklin Roosevelt in 1933 successfully petitioned the U.S. Congress to enact the War and Emergency Powers Act. This set the stage for what has been, in the U.S., a continuous state of declared national emergency since March 9, 1933.
Other U.S. presidents have continued this tradition by declaring more national emergencies than and we continue to live in a state of declared national emergency. For instance: 1) The U.S. is now required to sustain potentially devastating nuclear missile hits, with the likelihood of heavy casualties, before we are allowed to respond. Previously, our military was required to launch on warning when it was verified that an enemy missile was headed toward our mainland or our territories; 2) Erased the Tenth Amendment; 3) Implemented unratified international treaties, ignoring the constitutional requirement of the two-thirds approval vote by our duly elected representatives in the Senate; 4) Secretly assigned our troops to the United Nations and placed them under foreign command; 5) Enabled United Nations representatives to be immune from legal action for violations of U.S. law; 6) Placed the country in a state of emergency that allows the president, or others in his administration, to suspend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution at will.
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution clearly stated which branches of government would exclusively handle lawmaking, law enforcing and judging functions. The Founding Fathers never expected all three branches of the government to break their contract with the American people and to cooperate in bringing dictatorial government to this country.
What have we done to teach our children to love the concept of Law as the foundation of civilization? Religious leaders encourage them in civil disobedience; their school teachers flaunt the injunctions of the courts and refuse to return to teaching while strike negotiations proceed; labor leaders organize the fathers of these children with beatings and dynamite, and nobody is brought to trial; the Mafia murders to maintain control over organized crime and then buys off police officials in order to function unhindered.
The result of all this is that the young have been cast adrift without good, firm, proven rules, and they find their plight psychologically untenable. We cannot expect youngsters to respect civilization if we haven’t given them anything worthwhile to live up to. They have been left to their own devices in an amoral climate, and their inherent need for idealism has taken many warped paths. The angry ones seek to destroy our “bad” civilization, and so they cannot logically fight or die in the armed services to maintain what they view as a corrupt scheme. Their frustration is admittedly short-sighted, but this makes them no less destructive to the continuance of social order.
A nation with a large percentage of such self-defeating, uncohesive people cannot long stand or resist the encroachments of competitor nations.
The “Rule” of Love
Love cannot be mandated or lectured into being, but an environment can be created which is warm, supportive and nurturing, and in this environment, love can grow. Establishing a solid foundation of codes by which to live, all who come after will naturally blend in with the high standards. The Brotherhoods have long ago established standards for their members. There the requirements are highest. One can be a likable guy, but if he doesn’t meet the requirements, he isn’t in. And once in, he knows if at any time he ceases to maintain any one of those requirements, he must leave. Therefore, it is good practice for us to get used to having to meet certain minimum standards in preparation for Citizenship in the Nation of God.
The emotionally mature, loving mother rears children who learn how to love by example, and they come to expect that the world is a loving place. They are well on their way to becoming capable, confident, outgoing youngsters who will engage with life in a zestful, creative manner and be able to cope successfully with the problems of life. When a person is feeling on top of the world, when he can find joy in everything he does, and when he finds good in everyone he knows, then he expresses love in the most expansive terms—he loves God and man and needs not hoard his love.
Having clear guidelines of behavior allows each of us to be at various levels of personal development while exhibiting commonly understood and accepted behaviors. By following a code of conduct (a system of etiquette, manners and guidelines) and creating an emotionally and physically safe environment, people start to give more of themselves.
Courtesy is contagious. It takes more strength to be gentle and more independence to be considerate than it does to be bullying and selfish. The Brotherhoods will be judged by the world at large by each of Their behaviors, and that memory will last forever. They are living representatives of the Great Plan itself; it is a wonderful responsibility. Indeed, we have before us the awesome responsibility of determining what the future civilization will be. Our behaviors in every encounter serve as models for future members and for the next generation. This is the beginning point of creating the culture. And a culture cannot be created without a code by which we treat each other. Literally, every future inhabitant of the planet will be affected by what we say and do now. These guidelines will prove useful as a road map for each of us in judging ourselves and in shaping the tone of the future.