After reincarnation the spirit
social responsibilities to fulfil.
There are important social responsibilities to fulfil during physical life on Earth. The spirit goes through distinct stages and in each of them it may learn priceless lessons. These stages are:
childhood, youth, maturity and old age. Life's dynamics requires permanent activity. But such activity should be dignifying, useful, constructive, for the benefit of self and others. The four above-mentioned stages have meaning only in a physical sense. They are related only to the growth and life of the human body and are used to stress the diversity of experiences and lessons learned in the course of an incarnation. During all these stages the spirit has social responsibilities to perform, work to do, obligations to meet.
Childhood, youth, maturity and old age.
We call childhood the period from birth to puberty. During childhood, so to speak, the foundations on which the whole building of incarnation will rest are laid. Hence, the fundamental importance of the teachings received by man during that critical stage of life. These should consist of lessons of the highest moral content and especially of examples of a brave, noble personality. They are the basis for the fulfillment of the social responsibilities of any individual.
After childhood come the teenage years, in which man is considered neither a minor nor an adult.
Youth begins in puberty and lasts until maturity. It is the age of reason. When the highest ambitions and ideals are usually present. And spirituality is not foreign to these ambitions and ideals, provided man has had the good fortune of absorbing high formative principles. A nation will always be great as long as it can depend on its youth. The hopes of elders are permanently focused on youth.
Youth is followed by maturity. In maturity man enjoys the benefit of experience gained in the previous stages of life. He can be a competent and safe guide, because the sum of knowledge gained by him becomes a valuable asset that can help him to fulfil his social responsibilities. In maturity man reaches his zenith. His organic cells, especially brain cells, reach their maximum vital power and allow the spirit to convey its constructive capacity to its fullest.
Old age represents, in each incarnation, the last stage of life. And this is understandable: the human body is no more than a machine at the disposal of Force (the spirit) from which it receives warmth, action, motion and life. This machine like all machines, is subject to the action of time, break-downs, wear-and-tear which effect it to a greater or lesser degree depending on the maintenance care provided by its operator: the spirit. And, truly there are a great many inattentive, careless, lax individuals. Many slush in vice, often causing irreparable damage to their physical bodies, bringing about their complete destruction. A well-lived existence leads to a healthy, happy old age. However at this stage the spirit, although mentally sound, cannot display the former strength of youth and the vitality and dynamism of the previous stages. This is due to the natural decadence of its bodily instrument.
Happy are those spirits that have fulfilled their social responsibilities and spiritual duties on this school-planet, leaving behind after each passage through Earth, unequivocal examples of valor and honesty. Interest in the common well-being, familial behaviour, constant concern about the guidance of offspring, discipline and devotion to work are some of these examples.
Social responsibilities, morals and self-education.
Activities in this planet are varied and many are the ways by which evolution is processed. Equal possibilities are not available to everyone but, above all, what really matters is to dignify the meaning of life, even though engaged in the roughest, humblest jobs. Social responsibilities and morals are characterised by high spiritual values, uncompromising support of sound behaviour, and effective exercise of healthy habits. Each people has its own concept of life, but the further we proceed, the more we advance on the road to civilisation, the safer, the stronger the precepts of morals and honor prove to be. This applies especially to the home and family, the formation of which is, an indeclinable duty of every citizen.
Man's education is not restricted to childhood, when the role of parents is paramount. In adulthood, when man is already prepared to be his own guide, he should collect the greatest possible amount of experience through observation and the witnessing of events around him or of which he hears. Success or failure of others, the causes of their joys or sorrows, are valuable lessons. Everyone should benefit from such examples in order to avoid incurring the same mistakes which caused pain and loss to others, and to take the same roads that led others to success and well-being.
If man feels debased in the eyes of his fellow-men, by doing something which reveals lack of morals or good principles, the more so would he feel if his spiritual awareness were alert and watchful to appreciate and analyse the extent of wrongful actions. The existence of various social levels on Earth is partly justified not only by the fact that is a school-world but also by shortcomings in the education of its inhabitants. An individual who is inadequately brought up restricts his field of action to the level in which he lives, and becomes undesirable in the higher levels of upbringing. Hence the need for man to spare no efforts to improve his social conditions, thus helping to raise the degree of morals in our planet.
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