Question: Is it necessary for those who are engaged in the method of integral upbringing to have a certain image and possess specific knowledge, or their ability to correctly unite with others is the only thing that matters?
Answer: In the nearest future, all of humanity will become unemployed. Even now, if we wanted to limit ourselves with what’s necessary for life instead of producing numerous useless things just to buy them and then throw them away; if we lived in harmony with nature and created a normal, balanced society, we would figure out that there is no need for us to work at all.
There is a huge amount of resources to satisfy everyone’s needs. If distributed among everyone, it will be sufficient for life.
No matter what, we are approaching this state. We see that with each year, unemployment grows, and the need for working people drops. Society will feed the unemployed, dress them, build apartments for them, and so on. However, on what will these people be spending their time? They will be “tuning up” communities and all civilization, thus making it integral.
This explains why the method of integral upbringing speaks not only of the ways to attract people to groups and conduct seminars on city parks’ green meadows, but focuses on the fact that people will be working as reformers of the world. It is a very serious job that will take all of their time.
They will be in charge of a correct distribution of social labor products among everyone and serving each other. All these processes will be saturated with the right social relationships. Before anything else, we must teach people this method from the point of view of the integral laws of nature that maintain correct collaboration on the still, vegetative, and animate levels. It is the sole responsibility of humans to embrace this nature and treat it like an essential integral element.
Explanation of the peculiarities will take a long time. They must be explained in detail with concrete evolutionary, historical, and psychological examples. Moreover, we have to continue developing people culturally since even harmonious feelings that are built in accordance with the rule of “golden section” still need a good tune up so that they are oriented toward unity and at a more profound mutual understanding. We have to be on the same wavelength and understand great scientists, poets, writers, musicians, and so forth.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that we need to make sages of everyone and expect them to be similar to the great medieval writers, poets, musicians, doctors, and scientists who managed to combine these great features in one person. At the same time, everyone will have to advance in numerous fields such as drawing, dancing, music, science, and so on since it broadens people internally. They begin to better understand the world and acquire a chance to connect with others. They become much more developed and rich, thus having more in common with others. They will have more topics to discuss, more common points of interest, and a bigger desire to share their opinions.
It’s not about a narrow existence when one earns, buys, and throws away, or in the morning, takes a child to kindergarten, and in the evening, rushes back home, having the same scenario repeated every single day.
We must turn people into Humans. For the last one-hundred years (since Charlie Chaplin’s movies showed the mass production conveyer-belts and through to today) people practically have turned into robots. Consequently, we are facing an enormous amount of work, which is not only about bringing people up, but also about educating them.
There is no sense in gathering people for seminars and persuading them to say beautiful words while holding each other’s hands as if they were little children. First, we must bring up a human being within them, that is, to “deify” them and raise them to the level of a Man. Adam derives from “similar to the Creator,” alike with nature.
So, just conducting seminars is not enough. It should be a very serious job throughout the entire day. Partially, people will spend time attending to themselves and to others, and taking care of everyone around. For example, our youth study for half a day, and, for the rest of the day, they participate in creating special educational materials.
From a Talk on Integral Upbringing 4/4/2013