"It is ultimately not possible to create a stable and productive civilization on a lesser basis," interjected Ross. "Mankind can only protect itself by living up to its name and inherent nature."
"What is so easily said involves a deep-searching scientific development effort," I said to Ross, though looking at Tony. "Mary orients her second development stream eastward, towards the sunrise, or as she has put it, 'towards the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus.' The future of mankind lies in scientific and spiritual development. Herein lies the highest duty of society to itself, says Mary than wraps up this 'duty' in some rather amazing concepts. And she is right, because without this development effort we won't have a future. Without it, civilization cannot stand, and if we let go of it, what has been created is doomed to collapse, as we see this already happening all around the world.
"Here Mary's third river becomes important," I continued. "It is oriented southward towards the heat of the day. That's were the proof of the pudding is found, reflected in building and healing. Here, economic and technological development, rising to ever-greater achievements of power, is the natural state of civilization. Anything else is self-denial. She defined this river as, 'divine Science understood and acknowledged.' At the lowest level in this development stream she deals with, for example, the subject of the guardianship of funds. This goes far beyond Alexander Hamilton's famous paper on the subject of manufactures. The value of a nation's currency reflects the power of its creative economic engine, its commitment to one another on the Principle of the General Welfare. If this commitment is waning, the productive power fades into nothing, whereby the value of a nation's currency blows away with the wind. The subject of the guardianship of a nation's currency becomes therefore a subject of discipline to spiritual principles rather than of society's compliance with monetarist mechanisms as we have it today. A great deal of healing and awakening is therefore required in this arena. In this context Mary puts the focus on Christ Jesus as the great Exemplar of the principle of economics, and onto his examples. While preaching in the wilderness, when he found himself surrounded by large crowds that are said to have been in the thousands, and when it became time for eating, he simply asked his disciples to go and feed them. As they complained that this cannot be done, since they were but a few in comparison with so many, he simply answered them, asking: Are you not human beings? Go and feed them. And that's what they did. They took the resources they had and multiplied them, and fed the people, and had more left over than they started with. Thus he pioneered the principle of economics. The stories surrounding these events were evidently symbolic of his advanced understanding of the power of economy. At his last meeting with his disciples at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, when his disciples had been fishing all night and had caught nothing, he told them to cast their nets on the right side of the ship. As they complied, their fishing became so productive that they were barely able to draw the nets. Whoever wrote this story understood the principle of economics or had witnessed it in motion.
"For the highest point in her third development stream," I continued, "Mary had commission a painting in which Christ Jesus is shown sitting down, his robe folded and laying in his lap, and his hands extended towards the woman of the new scientific Christianity, wrapped in a brighter mantle than his own. Mary called Jesus the most scientific man that ever trod the globe, though in the role of but an Exemplar. In this role he became the envy of all the would-be powers of the world who in frustration with their petty inner smallness nailed him to the cross, which of course but magnified the majesty of his examples. Mary described this development stream for the development of the power of humanity, oriented southward, as being oriented 'to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, -- the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union.' She maps out the path to freedom through scientific discovery and technological application, and the promotion of the processes involved; and the teaching of them for building a brighter world, and the practice of them as self-expanding principles."
"Isn't that what our transatlantic bridge proposal signifies?" Ross interjected.
I nodded. "This means that there remains but one more river to be considered of Mary's four rivers that she presents to society as development streams for their self-discovery of their humanity," I said. "And this river takes us westward, towards the sunset, which Mary defines as 'the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.' Isn't she saying that the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony are one, and this one is Divine Science. Consequently she defines this river as, 'Divine Science encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness.' And she adds that this Divine Science is a practical science that is able to unfold in the highest 'atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.' She is saying that we don't need to be able to reach all the galaxies in the universe, or other worlds within our own galaxy, to understand the Universe and our place within it, as we need to but open our eyes to what is unfolding right here and the boundless wonders that we behold, and which lay before us as we come to terms with ourselves as being a part of it. In this context she defines the quality of the Intelligence of the Universe, or God, as 'infinite.' This is her path for building a renaissance civilization with the power that enables mankind to look the whirlwind of the next Ice Age cycle into the face with a smile and say to it, where is your sting? I would call her fourth river, the renaissance river. All the great building happens here, even the sexual building. It appears that in order to highlight the sexual dimension of our humanity, Mary had commissioned a painting for the second lowest element of her fourth development stream, the element of the moral domain. Here we see the 'woman' of the scientific humanity standing at the door to the mansion of society, her fingers on the clapper of the doorknocker that is made in the shape of a human being. The clapper consists of a person's arms with the hands folded in front of it. And guess where the clapper hits. It hits at the genitals. The title of the painting is, Truth versus Error.
"But where is Mary taking us in the development of sex?" I continued. "For this answer we have to look for the Science-related element in the development stream. And this one takes us to another painting that she has also commissioned. This other painting, pertaining to the next higher level, the level of Science, shows at the center a cross, overgrown with a flowering vine that is surrounded by nine dark birds. The nine birds appear to correspond with the nine names of the sons of the biblical Jacob that she has defined in the glossary of her textbook. They represent the complex challenge of the sexual dimension, because Jacob was a man of the circumcision. He was one of many who condemned themselves to live with the consequences of the amputation of the sexual sensitivity of a male human beings. The names of the nine birds are the representative names of the children of Jacob in the multifaceted struggles of his two wives to gain fulfillment and love in a circumcised world. Mary defines their pitfalls and the cause for them, and their victories and power behind them. While the challenge behind this scene has never been resolved in the real world, but has become huge to the point of directly affecting upwards to a quarter of mankind, with corresponding tragic consequences for all mankind, it becomes evermore obvious that the current trend of the unresolved, ever-widening victimization of mankind with the circumcision, shuts down any hope for an Ice Age renaissance to happen, committing mankind to become doomed by the loss of agriculture that the ensuing Ice Age brings with it. In this context Mary puts the greatest challenge for the survival of civilization on the table, and she defines it as fundamentally a sexual challenge. She suggests the Divine Science can provide the healing by which mankind can meet the challenge. At the top space of the painting with the challenging cross, she presents a crown. The crown is shaped in such a way that it represents all the dimensions that Mary has incoporated on her educational structure of the four development streams. We see a flood of light in the painting, flowing through the center of the crown, as if it was focused by it. We also see this focused light touching the base of the flowering cross with the nine birds. In this connection lies our future. If the connection is utilized so that the flowering vine flourishes, our future promises to be bright, no matter what the resuming Ice Age may challenge us with. If, however, the connection is not made and utilized, the logic of the light projects itself onto a large black cross that Mary has placed immediately into the foreground, standing at the very edge of the frame of the painting. The cross is as black as the night, as bleak as the human landscape will become when the Ice Age challenge is not met. The black cross represents a world without universal love. It is a black void, because on this basis the Universe itself could not exist, and therefore would not exist, by which the cosmos would be indeed a black empty void."
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