Understanding July 1984
The evolution of human consciousness may be divided into three broad stages. In terms of the race as a whole, the evolution may require hundreds of generations, although a few rare individuals may achieve the goal in a single lifetime. The first stage is said to be the ‘jungle’ or ego-centric stage, which is the beginning stage of all life. In this stage of evolution the attitude of each individual is one of suspicion and enmity toward every other individual or immediate family group. It is a case of ‘kill or be killed’, eat or eaten’. There is no concept of mutual welfare or cooperation. Every man is the immediate or potential enemy of every other man, and might is the only right. Under these circumstances, the physically weak are soon eliminated unless they have superior intelligence to compensate for their physical weakness. These few almost automatically band together in the realization that, only through cooperation can they survive. Their intelligence and their cooperation usually tips the scale and their numbers increase. Gradually, through many generations, the level of intelligence is raised until the second stage is reached. The dividing line between the first and second stage is said to have been reached when the attitude of the individual becomes, ‘Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindermost! There is still no cooperation, but the individual, instead of seeking to destroy his competition merely strives to ignore them and leave them behind in the race.
The second stage, when fully reached, is known as the era of ‘Live and let live’, the individual will tolerate competition, within certain limits, and a reasonable amount of cooperation may be undertaken where the mutual benefit is clearly evident to both parties. The individual congratulates himself on his social progress because he can tolerate the existence and, under favorable circumstances, the presence of his neighbor!
Industrial and commercial cooperation steadily increase. The individual who sits down to a breakfast of ham and eggs with fruit juice and coffee, is, whether he realizes it or not, making use of the labor of many hundreds of persons required to produce, harvest, pack, ship and distribute these simple products which everyone takes for granted, with little thought of their origin.
Most of the cooperation is however, still done at arms length and in a very competitive manner. Most of those persons involved feel that they are not getting their fair share of the proceeds, and the process is often interrupted by massive strikes, lockouts and public demonstrations.
The third stage is the era of, “Live and help live”. At this point the individual ego begins to merge with the cosmic consciousness. The individual begins to realize that he is but a leaf on the tree of life and that, while each leaf is an individual entity, a leaf has no purpose or significance apart from the tree. He also, for the first time, truly begins to understand that strife between men, or war between nations, is as senseless as a battle between his left and his right hand, or between two branches of the same tree.
Our present “Civilization” is, on the average, a little beyond the center of the second stage. We are willing to scratch our neighbor’s back so long as he does a satisfactory job of scratching ours, but we still quote only the first portion of the cosmic motto. We are fond of saying that, ‘The Lord helps him who helps himself!’ When we reach the third stage of evolution we will have learned the second half of the motto, ‘He best helps himself who helps his neighbor!’
(signed) Daniel W. Fry
(hand-written) Cleonas Corner
This is a “bitter sweet” time of hurting. We’ve lost another member of Understanding, Inc., You may say, “So what?” This one was different! He only became aware of Understanding and related fields, a few short years ago, and was SO VERY EAGER to learn! He’d phone from San Diego two or three times a month and talk for thirty minutes to an hour, to ask questions and to LEARN. It was a pleasure to chat with him and to help him learn. A heart attack struck him, he never regained consciousness, there was nothing more Dr.’s could do, in four short hours he was gone. We shall truly miss his happy eager voice and his loving support of Understanding, Inc. God will surely bless him. We do.
The Apostle Paul prayed to God to remove a handicap that he thought could wreck his life, but God answered saying, “My grace is sufficient for thee”. (II Cor. 12 : 9). God was promising Paul strength with which to overcome whatever handicap or struggle he faced. In Romans 8 ; 37, Paul states, “We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Is this not the FAITH that has made AMERICA great?
Francis Scott Key, who wrote our National anthem, had gone out to the British fleet under a flag of truce. He was KEPT on board while the British ships shelled and rocketed Ft. McHenry. It was one terrible night for the young patriot, as the struggling colonies faced the awesome force of the great British empire. All night long the heavy guns pounded Ft. McHenry, BUT - in the morning he saw “by the dawn’s early light” our beloved stars and stripes still waving in the breeze and he was, at that moment inspired to write his famous song. The gem of that song is in its last verse: “Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, and this be our motto: “IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!” When we put our faith in God and do our best, we really win. Ours is a blessed country!
Most of you KNOW how MUCH we love our country. If not why would we work so hard to maintain its peace and very existence? Of course it’s far from perfect! Isn’t EVERYTHING? But – it surpasses ANY other country, as is repeatedly proven by the sacrifices of many who’ve given much and lost much, just to get here. Some even gave their LIVES!
Have you ever REALLY looked at our FLAG? It’s truly the MOST beautiful of all flags, and one which we do so proudly hail! I am glad to make this statement. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Re: the colors of our flag: White signifies purity & innocense, Red, hardiness and valor, and Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice.
Our American Creed resulted from over 3,000 entries in a Nation wide contest for writing a national creed, and was won by William Tyler Page who received his award on April, 3 1918.
THE AMERICAN CREED
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a soverign Nation of many States; a perfect Union, one and inseperable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it, to support its constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
To all our dear members in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Denmark, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand etc. we’d be happy to have you move here. You’d be welcome.
To our countrymen, “Aren’t you glad you DO live here in America? We are!
Happy 4th of July to all.
(signed) Cleona Q. Fry