The Urantia Book -- Part III. The History
PAPER 71: Section 4.
Economics, society, and government must evolve if they are to remain. Static
conditions on an evolutionary world are indicative of decay; only those institutions
which move forward with the evolutionary stream persist.
The progressive program of an expanding civilization embraces:
- Preservation of individual liberties.
- Protection of the home.
- Promotion of economic security.
- Prevention of disease.
- Compulsory education.
- Compulsory employment.
- Profitable utilization of leisure.
- Care of the unfortunate.
- Race improvement.
- Promotion of science and art.
- Promotion of philosophy -- wisdom.
- Augmentation of cosmic insight -- spirituality.
And this progress in the arts of civilization leads directly to the realization
of the highest human and divine goals of mortal endeavor -- the social achievement
of the brotherhood of man and the personal status of God-consciousness, which
becomes revealed in the supreme desire of every individual to do the will of
the Father in heaven.
The appearance of genuine brotherhood signifies that a social order has arrived
in which all men delight in bearing one another's burdens; they actually desire
to practice the golden rule. But such an ideal society cannot be realized when
either the weak or the wicked lie in wait to take unfair and unholy advantage
of those who are chiefly actuated by devotion to the service of truth, beauty,
and goodness. In such a situation only one course is practical: The "golden
rulers" may establish a progressive society in which they live according to
their ideals while maintaining an adequate defense against their benighted fellows
who might seek either to exploit their pacific predilections or to destroy their
Idealism can never survive on an evolving planet if the idealists in each generation
permit themselves to be exterminated by the baser orders of humanity. And here
is the great test of idealism: Can an advanced society maintain that military
preparedness which renders it secure from all attack by its
without yielding to the temptation to employ this military strength in offensive
operations against other peoples for purposes of selfish gain or national aggrandizement?
National survival demands preparedness, and religious idealism alone can prevent
the prostitution of preparedness into aggression. Only love, brotherhood, can
prevent the strong from
oppressing the weak.