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Leisure is the key
by the Master –, through Benjamin Creme

Among the many problems with which humanity is faced, none looms larger in men's minds than that of unemployment. In the developing world, millions have never known regular work while even the industrialized nations see, each year, the workless total inexorably mount. "Man must work or starve," says the age-old adage. Yet need this necessarily be so?

Without doubt, the main reason for increasing unemployment is the discovery and application of the new technology. More and more, the robot is replacing man in the more complex manufacturing processes. No man can compare, in speed of operation and repetitive accuracy, with the sophisticated machines now in use, This is as it should be. Many may lament the loss of human skills earned through long apprenticeship and training, but man is born for higher and more worthy efforts. Why should men compete with mere machines?

Man is an evolving god and foolish would it be to place a limitation on his creative possibilities. Naught there is which, with time, he may not do. Why, then, lament the passing of a stage in man's long journey to perfection which allows him at last the leisure to expand and grow?

Man now stands on the threshold of a new perception of himself, his purpose and the world in which he lives. This new awareness will evoke undreamt-of skills and talents which yet await expression, and allow men to enter the abode of gods.

When man sees himself truly as he is naught will prevent the manifestation of his divine powers. On all sides this glory will be seen, lighting a path to the farthest stars. Until that blessed time man must learn and train himself in leisure. Without leisure man has little chance to grow. Leisure must be seen as the prerequisite for that creative thought and action which will transform all life for men.

In an age of competition the old adage holds. Work alone confers the right to eat. But man is ready to experience a new relationship; a new and caring cooperation beckons him to be his brother's keeper and to safeguard the right of all to the necessities of life.

More and more, machines will free men to be themselves. Leisure will ensure that each man can reach his full potential, reflective of his stage upon the journey to perfection, adding his gifts for the enrichment of the Whole.

Thus will men see a flowering such as none today can imagine but which one day will show men to each other as the gods they are.

Leisure is the key, and to ensure leisure men must share. Millions starve and countless more grind out their lives in hopeless poverty today. No longer must this sickness be accepted as the norm. No longer can the tensions thus engendered be supported by mankind. Entering a new age where machines will cater for the needs of all, men must share as brothers and walk together towards the dawn.

From the November 1986 issue of Share International

The Master – is a senior member of the Hierarchy of the Masters of Wisdom; His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed for various reasons. Benjamin Creme is in constant telepathic contact with this Master Who dictates His articles to him.

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005