It is always good to discover new voices that contribute to a critique of our time. Much is made of George Orwell and Franz Kafka whose insights in literary form resonate with many today. Out of the same groundswell of intellectual, artistic and literary dissent and concern for the suffering of humanity that emerged in the first half of the twentieth century, came second-generation Theosophist, Alice Bailey. Out of her vast collection of works, many of them metaphysical in nature, can be found some valuable insights into the nature of humanity. Today, I stumbled upon this paragraph while researching background material for my latest project.
Writing in 1938, Bailey writes:
”The Forces of Darkness are powerful energies, working to preserve that which is ancient and material; hence they are pre-eminently the forces of crystallisation, of form preservation, of the attractiveness of matter, and of the lure of that which is existent in the form life of the three worlds. They consequently block deliberately the inflow of that which is new and life-giving; they work to prevent the understanding of that which is of the New Age; they endeavour to preserve that which is familiar and old, to counteract the effects of the oncoming culture and civilisation, to bring blindness to the peoples and to feed steadily the existing fires of hate, of separateness, of criticism and of cruelty. These forces, as far as the intelligent peoples of the world are concerned, work insidiously and cloak their effort in fair words, leading even disciples to express hatred of persons and ideologies, fostering the hidden seeds of hatred found in many human beings. They fan to fury the fear and hate of the world in an effort to preserve that which is old and make the unknown appear undesirable, and they hold back the forces of evolution and of progress for their own ends.” Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Lucis Trust, 1957, p 76.
I find this an excellent summation of the crises humanity faces at the current time: Whether climate change, war, hunger, social injustice, at root all these crises have been and continue to be fostered by the corruption and selfishness of the world’s powerful elite. Bailey’s is one voice among many, her perspective inspiring some and not others. I draw from a number of wells but find it refreshing to dip into her esoteric waters now and then, even if, as today, purely by chance.