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Personality and Common Good

[537] L wishes for an autonomous personality of man. Blindly to do the (supposed) will of L does not conform to zis ideas. It is, therefore, important that we refine ourselves so that we can grasp the true will of L. This is not egalitarian: L knows to distinguish right from wrong. Ze is interested in constructive measures and structural improvements.

[538] The work for the overall good of humanity takes precedence over individual aspirations, although these must not be neglected. Thus, the religion has to develop requirements also for the policy because it eyes also the living together of the people. At this, the religion provides the ethical guidelines, which the policy implements in accordance with its possibilities. The philosophy lacks usually the reference to L.

[539] Apart from that the sciences investigate and advance the living together of people. It is especially true that fringe groups are only part of the overall development process and the advancement. Financial expenses fall also in other fields of human activities and groups. The central question is always: How do I benefit the whole (L and the creatures) most?

[1143] It is good if someone has a special gift. Admittedly, ze should contribute it into the community; but it is not always proper for this. In no case others should have to suffer from it. It is a special boon of L. A fortiori highly gifted people should use their gift(s) properly and make sure that deficiencies in other important fields are compensated. Life can be successful even without a special gift.

[1144] Who endeavours can make so much of zis natural abilities that this is tantamount with a special gift. Who, for example, is highly esteemed by many people because of the zis nature may become a valuable adviser. Who knows life can pass zis experience to less experienced people. As long as there is so much loneliness and disregarding in our world, there is also a field of activity.

[1145] Who walks attentively through the world, where mostly already the immediate environment is sufficient, finds problems enough that ze can attend to. Wherever one runs across humans, there are expectations that one can fulfil, for example by giving them more attention than one would have to. A friendly word or even an inspired exchange of words, if more arises out of it, serves all parties in its own way.

[1146] There are again and again brief impersonal encounters with fellow men that have a relatively simple job. The more often one deals with them, the more intense one should appreciate their service. Even if it is foreseeable, that their job will be replaced in the future by technology (e.g. by machines or robots), so we should be thankful that they wait on us and thank them in an appropriate form.

[1147] For they know that it is that way, and they are glad that they (at all) they can do their job, rather than to be maintained by somebody else. It would not be right if we would attach little value to them since their service is (still) indispensible for the community. Because they are generally low-paid, if at all, we should not punish them twice, especially if we do not want to be in their shoes.

[1148] We should always consider how we want to be treated, if we would have to take over their job. It is not excluded before L that we have to take, due to our karma, a less favourable place in the subsequent world and then we would be exactly in the position as they are today. The profession pursued must not be raison d'Ítre. This may be quite largely occupied by the activities in the leisure time.

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