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The Law of Liberty

When a deed is done for Freedom, through the broad earth’s aching breast
Runs a thrill of joy prophetic, trembling on from east to west,
And the slave, where’er he cowers, feels the soul within him climb
To the awful verge of manhood, as the energy sublime
Of a century bursts full-blossomed on the thorny stem of Time.
—James Russell Lowell

"Liberty!" Such is the watchword of every social reformer of the present day. We find Socialist and Anarchist, Bolshevik, Land Nationalizer and Property Defense Leaguer, however much they may disagree on every other point, agree on this, that they all cry out for liberty. But does not this show that they do not comprehend what true liberty is? Each one holds to his own idea, but far too generally the only way in which he plans to obtain his individual liberty is by limiting that of everyone who is to any extent in opposition to him. These false ideas concerning liberty arise entirely from that confusion in the mind of each one which leads him to suppose his personal interests to be distinct from those of the rest of humanity. It is absolutely necessary that it should be clearly recognized as a fact that humanity is one, is indivisible, and that, therefore, no man can do harm to another without at the same time doing equal, if not greater, injury to himself, as well as to every other unit in the great mass of mankind. For there are well ascertained laws which govern the evolution of the world, laws which it is impossible either to resist or avoid. If, then, a man acts in opposition to these laws, he is working to his own destruction, he is forging a chain wherewith himself to bind himself. But this it is that these selfish seekers after individual liberty are doing; for them the welfare of the race is as nothing, so that they and their own clique obtain their wishes.

And this is the very antithesis of liberty, for plainly the only true liberty lies in action in accordance with the law. But this law is not that often blundering, man-made law which is so frequently intended by that name; it is the law of man's true nature, by which he and every other being have existence. And so we see that every action injurious to one’s self or to any other is in opposition to this law, and tends to restrict the doer's liberty, and that they alone are truly free whose every action, every thought is ruled by this law, which is in fact, their real self—the Higher Self, the Christ Within.

Such is the Law which moves to righteousness,
Which none at last can turn aside or stay;
The heart of it is Love, the end of it
Is Peace and Consummation sweet. Obey!"

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Arthur E. Massey

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