About: The Social Question
A note from GW in ZZ4
"Growth has its ups and downs, can be charted & is not monopolistic. Polarity of opposites is transcended & another duality appears. Those who agree with me & those who are disagreeable will choose up sides."
Cecil F Russell
Amicus humani generis
This is very close to Peter Ralston’s direct experience & enlighteniment to get there from RS
https://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0207/19211016p02.html (Dornach, October 16, 1921) – searching freedom this AM – as freedom seems to be the necessity for threefoldness to emerge.
Following other people’s programs, ideals, solutions, platforms, books, government dictates, political parties, etc so far has produced wars & conflicts. XOR
If, however, in the present epoch we were not able to experience the world as an illusion during our existence from birth to death, if we were unable to experience this illusion, we could not be free. The development of freedom is only possible in the world of illusion. I have mentioned this in my book, “The Riddle of Man,” and have pointed out that in reality the world which we experience may be compared with the images that look out at us from a mirror. These pictures cannot force us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly the world which we experience may be compared with the images that look out at us from a mirror. These pictures cannot force us, for they are only pictures, only a semblance. Similarly the world which we perceive is a semblance, an illusion. But the human being is not completely woven into this illusion of the world. He is woven into it only in regard to his perception, which fills his waking consciousness. But when he considers his impulses, instincts, passions and temperament, and everything that surges up from the human depths without his being able to grasp it in the form of clear concepts, at least in the form of waking concepts, then all this is not only a semblance or illusion; it is a reality, but one which does not rise up in man’s present consciousness.
From birth to death, man lives in a real world unknown to him, one which cannot ever give him freedom. It may implant in him instincts which deprive him of freedom; it may call forth inner necessities, but never can it enable him to experience freedom. Freedom can only be experienced within a world of pictures, of semblance. When we wake up in the morning, we must enter a perceptive life of semblance, so that freedom may unfold. But this life of semblance, which constitutes our waking perceptive life, did not always exist in this form in mankind’s historical evolution.
necessity (n.) (Food, Clothing, & Shelter) ? For the greater good of various cultures ?
See also the Wikipedia on “basic needs”. Notice how the list expands with more socialistic groups & others determining the sources. I think RS suggests that the greater good of communities must determine & provide what are the basic needs.
From the online etymology dictionary late 14c., necessite, "constraining power of circumstances; compulsion (physical or moral), the opposite of liberty; a condition requisite for the attainment of any purpose," from Old French necessité "need, necessity; privation, poverty; distress, torment; obligation, duty" (12c.), from Latin necessitatem (nominative necessitas) "compulsion, need for attention, unavoidableness, destiny," from necesse (see necessary). Meaning "condition of being in need, want of the means of living" in English is from late 14c.