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Where Peace Begins

 By Validivar
[From The Rosicrucian Digest May 1948]
What so many people forget is, that peace manifests externally but begins internally--that is, in the thinking, idealism, and mental discipline of the individual. It makes little difference how many conferences are held, how many nations, governments, or millions of people are represented at such conferences, peace cannot follow unless the individuals have, first, a consciousness of peace. They must by their personal conduct and thinking show a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to maintain peace.
If the level of the consciousness of the individuals is raised, so as to bring forth admirable characters who know how to relegate to their proper places the moral elements and weaknesses of human nature, peace will follow as a natural result. If there are people who cannot, or will not do this, then all of the conferences in the world, all of the propaganda or public speeches about peace will be ineffective. Peace, I repeat, must begin with the individual and work outward. That is the responsibility of organizations such as the Rosicrucians--to develop the individual.

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