The Trustees feel that the message of Theosophy is an extremely important one and sincerely believe that, if only there was a strong nucleus of people in all the countries of the world knowing what Theosophy is and trying to live according to its principles, the lot of the whole of humanity would be very considerably improved. Materialism and selfishness are the order of the day. There is an almost total ignorance of the fundamental spiritual unity behind all things and people, in the light of which, if we only knew about it, we could be conducting our affairs in a very different way.
We have talked previously about the divisive nature of denominational and sectarian religion. Theosophy as the Wisdom Religion could be a unifying factor in that field in that it transcends all the differences between the sectarian religions. The Wisdom Religion has regard to the truths of existence as they are and as existence is. The clue to these truths is in Nature herself. She obeys natural law. No man's opinions, beliefs or dogmas affect this. This is true of the whole cosmic process. It is as it is, and it works marvellously as an ordered whole. Man is a wholly natural creature; all that he is derives from Nature. Something of this kinship is also being appreciated by those who are trying to further the green policies of conservation and so on.
Theosophy stresses that the whole planet is a living entity. This is not a new idea. It was held by the Greek philosophers who named the earth Gaia. With this in mind and seeing that man is a natural creature, we are as it were children of one parent.
Being practical we realize that this notion can have very little meaning for most of us in the ordinary circumstances of our lives, with their pressing concerns, economic pressures, anxieties and the general distractions which prevent our considering very deeply any of the philosophic aspects of our living and what it is all about. It is felt, however, that even intellectual awareness of the oneness of the human family and therefore of our factual close relationships one to another could alter our attitudes, not only towards those close to us but towards strangers of our own and other nationalities.
At this time many of us are interested in the implications of our joining the European Community. Some are enthusiastically for it and some are vehemently against it. How many of these views, however, are based on fact and cool reason? How many of them are based on prejudice, political bias and even on selfish fears? There are indications that those of us who have been fortunate enough to spend time in foreign countries realize that peoples outside our island are very much the same as we are. Naturally there are differences of culture and custom but these do not significantly alter the fundamental nature of human beings. Surely it is these fundamental similarities that should be guiding us when we are thinking of entering into closer relationship with peoples of other countries.
Placing an undue importance on self-interest is evocative of the fears that beset most of us. We feel that we might be taken advantage of. The talk at the moment is of loss of sovereignty but what does this mean in a real community where all interests are shared? There is no suggestion of any loss of real freedoms. There can be no dictatorship over our thoughts and feelings. It is obvious that we must have some structures by way of financial and other regulations for conducting a common commerce but we do not need such structures for regulating our everyday lives, and surely such regulation is not in anybody's mind. If we can get the idea that the whole of the world population constitutes a single humanity, how much more so will the peoples of the nations of our European Community constitute a family of nations - or could do so if we were all willing to let them? If we could do this then the principle of brotherhood is upheld. Our attitudes to one another can change, be more accommodating as we realize that we would never wish to harm anyone else. Surely we can allow that no one else would wish to harm us - or is that perhaps going a bit too far, but why should it be?
The whole gist of what is written here is to instil or enhance the idea of
the fundamental brotherhood of humanity which is an inescapable fact at the
deeper levels of being. Such differences as there are are artificial, have grown
up by reason of the isolation of peoples in the past, but such isolation is
now a thing of the past. World travel and world communications are transcending
all the private barriers that we have erected. We now know that all peoples
are interdependent, at least by way of trade and commerce. There is really a
single world economy and commerce.