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Superior and Inferior: the Problem of Inequality


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#41 Meredith Van Woert

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:34 AM

Two things jump out to me in this discussion of superior and inferior. One is about the individual person and the other is about the group, as in organizations and governments where there are organizing documents and methods and standards of acting in decision making are in place.

As for the individual, Jesus said,

They who would receive mercy must show mercy; judge not that you be not judged. With the spirit with which you judge others you also shall be judged. Mercy does not wholly abrogate universe fairness. In the end it will prove true: "Whoso stops his ears to the cry of the poor, he also shall some day cry for help, and no one will hear him." The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard; the spiritual wisdom and universe consistency of any petition is the determiner of the time, manner, and degree of the answer. A wise father does not literally answer the foolish prayers of his ignorant and inexperienced children, albeit the children may derive much pleasure and real soul satisfaction from the making of such absurd petitions. P.1639 - §1 5.


He didn't say his apostles were to be imposed upon by professional alms-seekers or social parasites.

The Master did not say that men should never entertain their friends at meat, but he did say that his followers should make feasts for the poor and the unfortunate. Jesus had a firm sense of justice, but it was always tempered with mercy. He did not teach his apostles that they were to be imposed upon by social parasites or professional alms-seekers. The nearest he came to making sociological pronouncements was to say, "Judge not, that you be not judged." P.1580 - §7



Of a commentary on wealth he rhetorically asked three questions (from Paper 165).


To another standing near by who asked Jesus how the wealthy would stand in the day of judgment, he replied: "I have come to judge neither the rich nor the poor, but the lives men live will sit in judgment on all. Whatever else may concern the wealthy in the judgment, at least three questions must be answered by all who acquire great wealth, and these questions are:


"1. How much wealth did you accumulate?

"2. How did you get this wealth?

"3. How did you use your wealth?"
P.1822 - §5



As for the group, he told his apostles they were to organize themselves as they saw fit. This is part of their story.

And this is the story of the first attempt of Jesus' followers to co-ordinate divergent efforts, compose differences of opinion, organize group undertakings, legislate on outward observances, and socialize personal religious practices.


Many other minor matters were considered and their solutions unanimously agreed upon. These twenty-four men had a truly remarkable experience these two weeks when they were compelled to face problems and compose difficulties without Jesus. They learned to differ, to debate, to contend, to pray, and to compromise, and throughout it all to remain sympathetic with the other person's viewpoint and to maintain at least some degree of tolerance for his honest opinions. P.1625 - §7



I think the individual makes progress, as an individual, by working out differences - debate, contend, compromise - with members and citizens of an organized group.


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Meredith

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 04:04 PM

The Social Architects are a kind of seraphim who labor to enhance all sincere social contacts of three or more persons.

These are the angels who seek to divest the associations of intelligent beings of all artificiality while endeavoring to facilitate the interassociation of will creatures on a basis of real self-understanding and genuine mutual appreciation. P.432 - §5



Social architects do everything within their province and power to bring together suitable individuals that they may constitute efficient and agreeable working groups on earth; and sometimes such groups have found themselves reassociated on the mansion worlds for continued fruitful service. But not always do these seraphim attain their ends; not always are they able to bring together those who would form the most ideal group to achieve a given purpose or to accomplish a certain task; under these conditions they must utilize the best of the material available.


These angels continue their ministry on the mansion and higher morontia worlds. They are concerned with any undertaking having to do with progress on the morontia worlds and which concerns three or more persons. Two beings are regarded as operating on the mating, complemental, or partnership basis, but when three or more are grouped for service, they constitute a social problem and therefore fall within the jurisdiction of the social architects. P.432 - §6


Of the seconaphim,

These are the angels who foster and promote the teamwork of all Orvonton. One of the most important lessons to be learned during your mortal career is teamwork. The spheres of perfection are manned by those who have mastered this art of working with other beings. Few are the duties in the universe for the lone servant. The higher you ascend, the more lonely you become when temporarily without the association of your fellows. P.312 - §1



We must learn the art of working with other beings in the solution of our many earthly problems.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:26 PM

I think half the problem is realizing you are not your physical body. Everyone believes that they are their physical body so naturally we almost worship our sports athletes and treat them like gods. :wacko:

Edited by boomshuka, 01 September 2012 - 08:26 PM.

If one man craves freedom -- liberty -- he must remember that all other men long for the same freedom




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