Principles of Good Government as Implied by the Spirit World

Principles of Good Government as Implied by the Spirit World

On the Way to the Light – Principles of Good Government as Implied by the Spirit World

By Brian Foster

Abstract

The Spirit world is actively moving us to manage ourselves in a civilized manner. The book, On the Way to the Light, and other writings lay out the track for us to follow to improve the governments of whatever nations we reside.

Spiritism has existed over one hundred and fifty years, since Allen Kardec published The Spirits Book. The book states, in the conclusion section, “The development of these ideas present three distinct periods. The first is that of curiosity, excited by the strangeness of the phenomena produced; the second, that of reasoning and philosophy; the third, that of applications and consequences” (Kardec, 2010, p. 531). It is time for application, time to apply the principles that a decent society must follow. These principles and why the Spirit world has guided us to them is the topic of this article.

Introduction:

In the body of books written by spirits and psychographed by mediums, such as Francisco C. Xavier, there exists commentary on how the Spirit world desires the human race to govern itself. The foremost discourse on this subject is On the Way to the Light, by the spirit Emmanuel, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier. The book was written in 1938, but first published in English in 2011. Emmanuel detailed how the Spirit world managed and channeled the human race to develop the concepts of Western Civilization. Concepts which are meant to be adopted to guide us to manage our society.

Within On the Way to the Light the principles of government are discussed and their effects on societies throughout history are examined, measured and graded by the Spirit world; Resulting in a recurring theme of values that are encouraged and even planned for by the Spirit world. Why should we care that we should live in a society guided by these doctrines? Because great plans have been made and attempted to create a just government and when it failed, the world descended into the Dark Ages. Reflect on Emmanuel’s comments about the plan of the Spirit world concerning Rome;

Today’s thinkers who dream about the creation of the “United States of the World”, devoid of the hate filled actions of fratricidal wars, can delve into the plans of the invisible realm during that time in Rome’s history (Xavier, 2011, p. 111).

Emmanuel wrote that the Spirit world selected Rome as a possible world leader because of the republican ideals of Rome and their emphasis on the family;

With the help of education and love, the Roman family could unite the banners of the orb, thereby creating a new route for the collective evolution and laying down parallel lines for the physical and moral progress of humankind. Every effort was made toward that end by the emissaries of the invisible realm, and the proof of that grand plan of unifying endeavor is that the Roman Empire was one of the finest in terms of education for the organization of modern nations (Xavier, 2011, p. 112).

The Roman ideal became corrupted as Rome developed its empire;

Abuses of authority and power soon intoxicated the valorous city. The entire seat of government seemed like it had been overrun by an avalanche of evil forces from the lower spheres of the invisible planes (Xavier, 2011, p. 112)

Given the downward trajectory of Rome, the Spirit world abandoned the plan of Rome’s leadership, and allowed it fail, like so many empires before and after. Emmanuel describes the results of its failure;

The Roman Empire could have effected the founding of a sole State on the planet due to the marvelous unity it achieved and thanks to the efforts and watch-care from On-High; but instead, it disappeared in a sea of ruins after its wars, aberrations and circuses filled with wild beasts and gladiators (Xavier, 2011, p. 116)

This is the fate we must strive to avoid. This is one of the reasons Spiritism was delivered to the world, to help facilitate the development of worthy governments in our nations on this planet. It is time to start the third period of “applications and consequences”, as stated in Allen Kardec’s The Spirits Book;

The development of these ideas (Spiritism) present three distinct periods. The first is that of curiosity, excited by the strangeness of the phenomena produced; the second, that of reasoning and philosophy; the third, that of applications and consequences (Kardec, 2010, p. 531).

The application in this instance is the acceptance of our collective responsibility to adhere and to actively promote the ideal form of government which would allow our sphere to stand beside other planets of a higher level. The principles emphasized by the Spirit world are the foundation upon which we should base our future governments. Principles that we should not only admire, but strive to implement. Governments and politicians that violate these doctrines should be peacefully removed.

The principles the Spirit world have encouraged and actively endorsed are:
1. Freedom of Religion
2. Freedom of Speech and Thought
3. Personal Ownership and Self-discipline
4. Promotion of Scientific Advances
5. Protection of the Family
6. Limited Government
7. No Aggressive Wars

Freedom of Religion

Jesus has sent many emissaries to assist our growth on earth. China was blessed with the ancient teachings of Confucius, who lived five hundred years before Christ came to our world. Confucius, as Emmanuel explains;

As a missionary of Christ, Confucius had to immerse himself in all the Chinese traditions and accept the imperious circumstances of the environment in order to benefit the country in its ability to fully comprehend (Xavier, 2011, p. 76).

Moses was sent to the Hebrews and Socrates was given to the Greeks. Mohammed was sent to the Arabic tribes and centuries afterwards Allen Kardec came to France to codify the Spiritist doctrine. All served to reinforce the central ideas of our Savior, as Emmanuel states after surveying different religions;

The truth is that all the religious books and traditions of antiquity contain the same substantial unity. The revelations evolved in a graduated sphere of knowledge. All refer to the unpersonifiable God, who is the essence of all life in the universe, and in the traditionalism of all of them beats the sublimated vision of the Christ, who was awaited everywhere on the globe (Xavier, 2011, p. 84).

An important part of the freedom of religion is the freedom from religious tyranny. The Spirit world does not intend to promote a one-world religion. They realize the urge by men is too great to abuse their power. With power comes corruption, with corruption the central purpose of a religion is not to stimulate our spiritual well-being, but to accumulate wealth and maintain position. Emmanuel describes the effects of an all-controlling church;

Ensconced in immense riches and possessing all power and authority, the church rarely grasped the duty of love that its educational mission entailed (Xavier, 2011, p. 152).

Neither do they wish that government promote a state religion. As an example, Emmanuel reports that in the year 756 CE;

At that time, many sovereigns made use of the church according to their personal desires, granting ecclesiastical titles to the most corrupted consciences (Xavier, 2011, p. 152).

Religion is meant for the benefit of the incarnated, to contribute to the education of the preferred path of life, not as another controlling institution alongside government agencies.
The Spirit world wishes us to prepare humanity for the eventual rise of Spiritism. In support of this we must holdfast the right of people to choose their method of worship and spiritual enlightenment. Emmanuel maps out what must occur;

On its mission as Consoler, Spiritism is the support of the world in this century of decline in its history. Only Spiritism, in its characteristic of renewed Christianity, can save the religions that are vanishing amid the collisions of power and ambition, of selfishness and domination, and point humankind toward its true path (Xavier, 2011, p. 209).

Freedom of Speech and Thought

The concept of personal freedom and independent thought is one the Spirit world has emphasized since the dawn of man. Western Civilization is the beacon of freedom and democracy for the world precisely because we have been rigorously selected to attain this goal. Emmanuel writes of the Renaissance, which was planned by the Spirit world;

The invention of the printing press facilitated incredible progress in the world of ideas, leading to wonderful expressions of intellectual life. Literature took on new life and the arts reached heights unreachable by future generations. Numerous artisans of ancient Greece reincarnated in Italy to leave indelible vestiges of their passage in precious marble (Xavier, 2011, p. 170).

In the 18th century arose the wave of Philosophy and Science, which came from high order spirits, “who reincarnated chiefly in France” (2011, p. 180), according to Emmanuel. The brilliant minds of Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, D’Alembert, Diderot and Quesnay all influenced the forming nations of the New World. Emmanuel states;

The America’s, destined to receive the sacred experiences of Europe for the civilization of the future, sought to apply the grand principles of the French philosophers to their political life on their way to a more complete emancipation (Xavier, 2011, p. 192).

One of those grand principles was the freedom of speech. Voltaire said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Voltaire, 2013). How more direct could you be? By that simple sentence Voltaire set in stone our right to free discourse. We must be able to express ourselves without fear, as Montesquieu postulated, “Political liberty in a citizen is that peace of mind that comes from the opinion each person has of his safety, and to have this liberty, the government must be such that a citizen cannot afraid of another” (Montesquieu, 2013).

Freedom of speech; how many of us take it for granted? While on all sides, even those of us who live in “free” countries, are guarded in what we say and even attempt to mask our innermost thoughts. We must actively protect our rights or what occurred during the times of the Catholic Inquisition could indeed happen again.

The Catholic Church wanted power over people’s thoughts. The Inquisition was the method to accomplish this nefarious deed. The Spirit world strongly condemned the Inquisition;

The repression of the “heresies” was the pretext for the Church’s consolidation in Europe, becoming the punishment and misfortune of the entire world (Xavier, 2011, p. 156).

Countless other examples may be found in modern times, Communist countries such as North Korea, Cuba and the extinct USSR, are all guilty of the severe repression of speech and thoughts. In North Korea, if you failed to show sufficient remorse during the funeral of Kim Jong-Il (deceased dictator of North Korea who died in 2011), you were hauled off to one of North Korea’s many concentration camps.
Currently, we have seen the advent of “PC” (Political Correctness) so strict as to stifle debate and punish those with a legitimate point of view. The Spirits Book unambiguously condemns this type of behavior;

839. Is it wrong to scandalize those whose belief is not the same as our own?

“To do so is to fail in charity and to infringe on freedom of thought” (Kardec, 2010).

As an example, many people are afraid to discuss religion publicly. Those that do are looked upon as simple or ignorant in our more sophisticated circles. We must resist the temptation to remain safe and silent. We must calmly and logically state our beliefs and allow dissent, with the knowledge that at least we are keeping the tradition of friendly debate open and alive.

Personal Ownership and Self-discipline
Spiritism at its core is the recognition of our duty to improve ourselves. This responsibility extends beyond our mind and body, to those around us, society and the resources of the earth. Emmanuel stresses the importance of our efforts;

Teaching the law of compensation on the path of redemption, as well as the trials of the individual and the collectivity, Spiritism implemented the regime of responsibility, wherein each spirit had to enrich the list of its own qualities (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

The regime of responsibility extends to our role in society. After the defeat of Napoleon the French established a constitutional monarchy, borrowing from the American Constitution and retaining the enlightened Napoleonic code, established equal protect protection under the law and the freedom of religion (Wikipedia – Bourbon, 2013). Emmanuel expounds on this event;

These reforms established a regime of individual responsibility in the mechanism of every sector of the state, in addition to all of its political and social advances (Xavier, 2011, p. 192).

This sentence better that any other in the book, On the Way to the Light, summarizes the type of responsibility each of us should have. We are not destined to be slaves or untouchable aristocrats, but a multilayered society of ranges of contributors, from poor to wealthy, lazy to hardworking, dim to intelligent, all placed in their respective spheres to learn the required lessons we have been assigned in our life. The notion that we should live in a world of the same outcomes without any regard to our individual effort is self-defeating for our quest of enlightenment. Emmanuel states that Spiritism demonstrates the need for personal ownership and careful reflection on how we each use the resources given to us;

With the truths of reincarnation, it explained the absurdity of absolute egalitarian theories and work on restoring the true way for human progress (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

Therefore we are the stewards of our life and property, not the government, not the church. We need to be self-disciplined people, who expect the same of others. When those who make bad choices fail, they should be allowed to reap the consequences of their actions. How else will they learn the lessons presented to them? Yes, society should help those in need, as Emmanuel described the positive deeds of Athens;

They took care of the poor and disfavored areas of society; they welcomed foreigners, oversaw labor, and encouraged trade, industry, and agriculture (Xavier, 2011, p. 91).

This doesn’t mean that we should allow dependence to be a way of life. Aiding people during a time of absolute need is one thing, enslaving them in a cocoon where every choice grants them the same benefits are another. Spiritism teaches us the importance of fraternal love and charity, but also the recognition of the law of paying for our actions here on earth. Emmanuel describes our intended state under the acknowledgement of Spiritism;

Teaching the law of compensation on the path to redemption, as well as the trials of the individual and the collectivity, Spiritism implemented the regime of responsibility, wherein each spirit had to enrich the list of its own qualities. Due to its understanding of individual effort and labor, it was not deceived by utopias of absolute equality, and because of its awareness of the imperatives of human solidarity, it did not become an instrument of oppression for the magnates of wealth and power. It was unconcerned with all revolutions, because only evolution was its arena of activity and experience, and kept its distance from all wars due to its understanding of the fraternal ties that unite the universal community; instead, it taught true human and national, familial and group fraternity, enlarging the concepts of economic justice and correcting the fanatical spirit of extremist ideologies (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

Truly we are responsible for ourselves and accountable for our efforts to promote a society where individuals are able to better themselves through the fruit of their own labors and to reap those benefits to use in a manner of their choosing.

Promotion of Scientific Advances

Promotion of scientific advances follows the concept of personal ownership and self-discipline for a good reason. Without the ownership of ideas and the willpower to see concepts to fruition, the ability of our society to create scientific breakthroughs would be severely handicapped. The Spirit world is guiding us to be a more innovative society. During the Medieval period, Emmanuel cites Roger Bacon as one of the important figures in setting the scene to prepare Europe for the Renaissance. Roger Bacon was an English philosopher and Franciscan Friar who was an early advocate of the modern scientific method (Wikipedia – Bacon, 2013). Emmanuel lamented the role of the Catholic Church in retarding progress;

The Church, however, prohibited examination and free opinion, thereby harming the evolutionary boom, especially in the case of medicine, which disregarding the close observation of all the facts, surrendered to magic, causing serious harm to society (Xavier, 2011, p. 163).

The Spirit world has actively contributed to our technological advancement. In order to generate the necessary leap forward in our intellectual progress, the Spirit world arranged the reincarnation of brilliant minds to assist our progress. Emmanuel describes how events were manipulated in the past;

The 18th century began with equally renewing struggles, but high order spirits of Philosophy and Science – who reincarnated chiefly in France – would fight against the errors of society and politics (Xavier, 2011, p. 180).

This was followed up in the 19th century by another push to advance Western Civilization. Emmanuel writes not only about Allen Kardec but the support that was planned for him in bringing new ideas to the world;

On his mission of enlightenment and consolation, however, Allen Kardec would be accompanied by a plethora of companions and collaborators, whose regenerative work would manifest not only in matters of a doctrinal nature, but in every area of intellectual activity of the 19th century. Science in those days made large strides that would lead to the heights of the 20th century (Xavier, 2011, p. 193).

Our Spiritual guides do not want us to wallow in a static society where knowledge never changes or is difficult to distribute under fear of discovery. Maintaining the atmosphere for enabling and protecting individuals, whether via formal legal processes (i.e. a patent system) or the acknowledgement and celebration of new discoveries constitute a significant measure of a successful society.

Protection of the family

The protection of the family is a central question for our time. The importance of the family for the Spirit world can’t be overstated. Let’s begin with three passages from Kardec’s The Spirit’s Book;

695. Is marriage, that is to say, the permanent union of two beings, contrary to the law of nature?
“It is a progress arrived at by the human race.”
696. What would be the effect, upon human society, of the abolition of marriage?
“A return to the life of the beast.”
775. What would be the effect upon society of the relaxation of family ties?
“A relapse into selfishness” (Kardec, 2010).

Notice the short answers to the questions, as if they needed no further explanations and the truth was staring at you in the face. Only the first question requires a modifier. The question stated “the permanent union of two beings”, which was the custom and laws of that day (1850’s), whereby divorce was extremely rare. This situation led many couples into years of unhappiness. A further statement in The Spirit’s Book, qualifies it;

940. Is not the lack of sympathy between persons destined to live together also a source of sorrow, and one that is all the more bitter because it poisons an entire existence?
“Very bitter it is, undoubtedly; but it is usually a misfortune of your own causing. In the first place, your laws are at fault; for how can you suppose that those who dislike one another can be intended by God to live together?” (Kardec, 2010)

According to the Spirit world, not all marriages are perfect unions, since they are the product of people’s free choices and may be one of the many lessons we must learn in our lifetimes. Therefore, people are allowed to withdraw from a bad marriage, but how and when that is accomplished might incur debt which may have to be repaid later.

A successful family is made up of two kindred spirits. Souls that see in each other the possibility to improve themselves beyond what they could achieve alone and to assist their partner in the same quest. In the book Missionaries of the Light, a spirit instructor discusses marriage and love on earth;

Love on those lower planes is like gold lost in a large quantity of ore, demanding great efforts and laborious processes to reveal itself to the experts. But among those humans, who do in fact are proceeding toward their elevation, the sexual union is much different. It entails the sublime exchange of perispiritual energies, symbolizing divine nourishment for the mind and heart, and creative power not only for children of the flesh but also for generous deeds and achievements of the soul for life eternal (Xavier, 2009, p. 199).

The Spirit world considers the family a vital measure of our ability to grow into a just society. Rome was first considered a candidate for a world power because of their reverence of the family. Emmanuel describes his admiration for the institution of the Roman family;

Compared with its forerunners and successors, the glorious traditions of the Roman family entailed the most sublime respect for the heroic virtues of the wife and a full understanding of the duties of the husband (Xavier, 2011, p. 101).

Therefore, the Spirit world expects us to create a society that nourishes the family, one that reinforces the concept of raising responsible children in a loving and morally enriching manner. A society which pays single mothers to have more children, which trains its sights on creating dependent generations of people with little incentive to escape government largess, is not a society that should be supported. Whereas, all of us should help families in need, it should be done with the aim of allowing family members to attain their independence in order fulfill their planned course of trials and tribulations here on earth.

Families should have the opportunity to allow one of its members to stay at home to raise children, do charity work, or support the other spouse in their endeavors. We need to refrain from supporting a society that practically forces couples to work in order to feed their materialistic desires. We need to restrain governments from over taxing, whereby both spouses must go out and toil, just to feed the ever enlarging government intrusion into our daily lives.

Limited Government

In their quest to determine the optimal system of government which fits our human condition, the Spirit world deliberately set in motion competing forms of governing. Having had a long history of tribal and kingship ruling experience, they knew these types of organizations did not promote the correct atmosphere for individual and collective improvement that was required. They used ancient Greece to survey a range of regimes from totalitarianism to democracy. Emmanuel surveys the trials of various forms of governments in ancient Greece and compares the results to the regimes that existed in pre-World War II Europe;

Many of the scientific theories that have caused such a stir in our time as ultramodern innovation were known in Greece, whose master laid their true foundations.

Grand experiments were conducted in matters of social doctrine, and an abundance of teaching were divulged. And as we consider the modern conflict between the totalitarian, fascist or communist states and the democratic republics, we ought to look back at the past and see Athens and Sparta as two political symbols that make us ponder how similar to our own times ancient Greece actually was (Xavier, 2011, p. 90).

Sparta was allowed to take the tradition of paying tribute to the state to a new level. Creating a society where the individual was completely subservient to the state. The all-powerful state consumed the entire energy of its people. Sparta was dedicated to the constant training for battle. And to their credit, for a time, Sparta manufactured the best warriors and army in the world. Spartan discipline and training was the envy of Greece. Emmanuel describes how invasive the Spartan lifestyle was;

Sparta experienced the absolute existence of the State. Did it not display the same characteristics as today’s Germany and Russia? (Note: written in 1938) Spartan law prohibited trade and condemned culture; restricting personal taste because of the enhancing bagatelles of life and sentiment, it decreed measures of isolationism and treated foreigners badly. It instituted a uniform dress code and took over the education of children through the organs of the State; but it did not cultivate the intellectual aspect, shaking the entire sacred edifice of the family and often creating a regime of robbery and denouncement in detriment of the noblest purpose of life (Xavier, 2011, p. 90).

One could replace the name Sparta and substitute Communist China during Mao’s reign and be astonishingly accurate. Governments that begin espousing the absolute equality of all citizens as interpreted by the state, become over time in control of a ruling elite. An elite who has one set of rules for the people and another reserved for the chosen few. Sparta, like the trajectory of Communist China today, eventually degraded into a corrupt oligarchy.

By the mid-5th century, land had become concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, and the notion of all Spartan citizens being “equals” had become a farce (Wikipedia – Sparta, 2013).

Emmanuel closes out with his thoughts on the experiments in Greece with the conclusion that a democracy which protects individual freedom and restricts the role of governing to not intrude on our personal life is the preferred option;

This, Sparta went down in history as a mere culture of soldiers spreading destruction and the calamities of war, but with no constructive significance for humankind.
Athens, on the other hand, was the birthplace of true democracy. A nation that loved freedom deeply, its dedication to culture and the arts initiated other nations into the worship of life, creation and beauty (Xavier, 2011, p. 90).

Spiritism was introduced to us not only to help our personal faith, but to also lead the way to a culture of freedom, where each individual contributes. A set of values where the onus is on us to regulate the laws and power of government and to support others in their time of need. Not to cede our fraternal responsibility to a distant public institution. The Spiritist doctrine was presented to remind us of that fact, as Emmanuel discussed the weakness of the socialist ideologies that were formed in the 19th century and the precepts of Spiritism;

Due to its understanding of individual effort and labor, it was not deceived by the utopias of absolute equality (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

According to the Spirit world, the aim of government is not to create an environment where a soul is reincarnated into a welfare state, where the government supplies all of the necessities and allows the truly lazy to do nothing to improve themselves. Perhaps for some, as a trial, but not as a general rule. Socialism, as practiced in Europe and the USA, is an artificial construct, where for a significant portion of citizens and designated corporations there are no consequences to their actions. People can choose not to study hard, never look for work, help no one, or a multitude of other activities we see on a daily basis and never pay the price of wrong decisions. The same is true for companies supported by the state, even though they are mostly inefficient institutions and society would be better served by alternatives selected by the marketplace. Emmanuel explains how Spiritism is able to assist in our relationship with government;

With the truths of reincarnation, it explained the absurdity of absolute egalitarian theories and worked on restoring the true way for human progress. Framing socialism within Christian postulates, it had no illusions concerning external reforms and concluded that that only meaningful renewal was that of the inner self (Xavier, 2011, p. 201).

The Spirit world doesn’t desire a world of equal outcomes for all. Spirits are meant to strive for different goals. Life must at times be hard for some and easy for others, so each may grow and pass their intended trials.

Therefore, we have a guide to the limits desired by the Spirit world. Government should be an enabler, an enabler of personal creativity, personal charity and personal achievements, while providing a safe and just environment to attain our desires. Government should provide services but not solutions for their citizens.

No Aggressive Wars

While the Spirit world does not condone wars of aggression, they do allow nations to defend themselves. One such example is the Islamic incursion from Spain into France during the 8th century. During this period Islam had conquered a large part of Spain and had already occupied some of France’s territory (Wikipedia – Spain, 2013). Emmanuel reports the Spirit world effectively blocked any further invasion by the Islamic forces;

They did not go beyond the Pyrenees, because the spirit realm had established a boundary to their advance by sending Charles Martel to defeat them in 732 (Xavier, 2011, p. 146).

On the other hand, Rome is a shining example of unbridled aggressive empirical ambition and its costs. Not only did it lead to the fall of the empire, but the suffering of many souls who thought they were adding to the grandeur of Rome. Emmanuel describes the consequences;

The Roman generals were able to conquer with iron and fire, straying from their most sacred duties and obligation, and, by force of arms extended to other peoples the ties they were supposed to forge only with their culture and experience of life. But their action resulted in the bitterest fruits of trial and suffering for humankind, and that is why nearly all of them entered the spirit realm hotly pursued by their many victims and amid the despairing voices of the harshest accusations. After endless decades of expiatory suffering, many of them could be seen without their fine armor, crawling like worms along the banks of the Tiber or holding out their filthy hands as loathsome beggars on Esquilinus (Note: An area of the ancient city of Rome) (Xavier, 2011, p. 114).

Another example of the Spirit world’s disdain for war was the mission of Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon was originally destined to reorganize the French people after the French revolution, not to subject all of Europe to war and acquire territory. Emmanuel talks about his early victories, how he strayed off the path of his great mission and the resulting magnitude of his failure;

With his victories, he guaranteed the integrity of France itself, but he spread ruin and misery to other nations. As he carried out his task, the Civil Code was organized, establishing the most wondrous formulas of law, but he indulged in pillaging and scorning the sacred emancipation of others with the movement of his armies in the adsorption and annexation of several countries (Xavier, 2011, p. 188).

As the Spirit world has made quite clear, the pursuit of glory either for territorial, plunder, or religious reasons will never have the lasting desired effect. Either all land will be lost, gains drained away, or religious principles devalued shall occur. What historians see as the natural cycle of conquest and empires is actually the functioning of the Law of Cause and Effect, whereby whatever actions that are undertaken either by man or nation, will result in a reaction to mitigate the original deed.

Conclusion

Why do aggressive empires collapse? Corrupt Institutions fail? Surely some are destroyed by internal decay, more efficient competition, or other unknown causes. But, there exists the same law of Cause and Effect for our artificial creations of states, cities, religions, and other organizations as it does for us. While we go through trials in one life paying our debts from the previous one, our edifices are subjected to a more direct payback. In the book Action and Reaction, psychographed by Francisco C. Xavier, and inspired by the spirit Andre Luiz, there exists an explanation of the process. Andre Luiz discussed the concept of karma with a high order spirit, Minister Sanzio, the Minister explained how the Spirit world accounts for our actions;

Yes, karma, an ordinary expression among the Hindus and which mean action in Sanskrit, actually implies cause and effect, since every action or movement is the result of previous cause or stimuli. For us, it means the account we all must pay, including all our debts and credits. There are accounts of this kind not only listing and defining individual persons but also peoples and races, states and institutions (Xavier, 2010, p. 83).

So, yes, we are responsible not only for ourselves but for the society that envelopes us. How nice is it sometimes to just say to yourself, “I don’t care what others are doing”, or “I give up, all politicians are corrupt, and there is nothing that I can do” and only concentrate on improving yourself. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to, as part of our duty to raise children and help others, we have the responsibility to make sure our children and our fraternal band of brothers are left in a better world after we have departed. What should be our goal? Again Minister Sanzio describes it best;

The good, my friend, is progress and happiness, safety and justice for all human beings and for all creatures we meet on the road, and to whom we must dedicate ourselves exclusively, but without any coercion on the part of purely human rules, which would have put us in a false position as regards service, since they would work from the outside inward, very often causing disorder and rebelliousness in our interior cosmos to our harm. Thus, the good is our willing cooperation with the Law (note: law of cause and effect) on behalf of all even if it means we have to renounce ourselves completely. We cannot ignore the fact that by helping the Law of the Lord and acting according to it, we ourselves will be helped and sustained in the field of imperishable values. And evil will always be represented by that sad tendency of keeping the good exclusively to ourselves, expressed in selfishness and vanity, insensitivity and pride, which portray the inferior lines of the spirit (Xavier, 2010, p. 86).

Minister Sanzio’s phrase “without any coercion on the part of purely human rules”, sums up best the aim and reach of a good government. One that allows us to strive for good, but not one that dictates our charity and caring, taking away our chance to demonstrate our progression to a higher spiritual state.

Author:
Brian Foster has a BSCS degree and a MBA. He has worked in R&D for medical device corporations and in IT for large financial institutions.

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