“Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.” Israel Zangwill
“I am… I am not a little exclusive I, but the great inclusive, allied I. It is the play of stellar electricity in my soul. It is the central heat of the planet warming my being… I look into myself, and if I find in me any goodness, any nobleness, any love, any upleaping ambition to create, I laugh, for these things are fragments of supernatural radium, of everlasting outpouring power. I have taken this power…as my own. I have stripped all the rags and trappings of heathenism from it. I have discovered its shattering stellar beauty. I have found out it is what men call God.” The Creed of Power, Frank Crane
People live according to what they are, and they think feel and act according to their sense of identity. People live according to their sense of who and what they know themselves to be and who and what they know others to be. The average person sees themselves as separate from others and separate from the surrounding universe. Consequently, they live for that separate identity. Spiritual growth is the evolution from and isolated and separate sense of self to a larger sense of self. The closer we are to enlightenment, the more deeply do we realize that we are part of everyone and everything. We are still aware of ourselves as a separate individual egos, but at the same time we know ourselves to be one with all beings. This unification is the central spiritual realization of life, and it is ever-expanding and multi-dimensional. Selfishness is simply a limitation of self-knowledge. By contrast, selflessness is an expanded knowledge and expanded sense of who and what one is. We live for the larger life because we know ourselves to be that life. We live for the larger love because we know ourselves to be that love.
“…but I was a vastness somehow, that in no way contradicted or conflicted with my limited individuality… I was both my individual self and in some greater way, ‘I’ was also everything.” The Sound of Light, Irina Starr
“Our treatment of people obviously depends on what we think they are. The more we think of our fellowmen as deterministic physical systems- robots, machines, brains- the more heartlessly and selfishly we can allow ourselves to deal with them… On the other hand, the more we appreciate their mental life as unique… more original and creative than mere space-time mass relations of matter, the more we are interested in them as individuals and the more we tend to respect them and consider their viewpoints and feelings.” Dr. J.B. Rhine
“This radio station you call your body
Bearing along its quivering wires
The keen stress
Of strange fires;
Curious cover you say is you-
I, to humor you, say it too;
Calling by name as you’d have me do
Your frail mechanical outer dress-
Do you know as you sit and talk with me
This isn’t the self I see?
Do you know above and about your frame
I see a something spread and shine-
A presence wonderful, divine?
This radio station you term a “man”
And give him a name and known address;
Form familiar whose face you scan,
Whose friendly hand you press;
Do you know, as his body stands in view
The man himself is apart from you…”