WEEK 14: TOLERANCE
“It is, of course, obvious that anything which impedes the progress of civilization stands, also, as a barrier to each individual; and, stating it conversely, anything that beclouds the mind of the individual and retards his mental, moral and spiritual development, retards, also, the progress of civilization . . . When the dawn of Intelligence shall have spread its wings over the eastern horizon of progress, and Ignorance and Superstition shall have left their last footprints on the sands of Time, it will be recorded in the book of man’s crimes and mistakes that his most grievous sin was that of Intolerance!” – Napoleon Hill
May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
~ John O’Donohue ~
THERE ARE SOULS IN THIS WORLD WHICH HAVE THE GIFT OF FINDING JOY EVERYWHERE,
AND OF LEAVING IT BEHIND THEM EVERYWHERE THEY GO.
SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE IS ONE OF THE CHIEF ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE ONE’S AIM.
– JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, JR
ODE TO THE QUANTUM PLAYGROUND:
If I were a preacher, I would equip the basement of my church with a children’s play-room that would attract the children of the community every day in the week; and, if my study were near by, I would go into that play-room and enjoy the fun with the little fellows, thereby gaining the inspiration with which to preach better sermons while at the same time raising parishioners for tomorrow. I can think of no more effective method than this of rendering a service that would be in harmony…
“Intolerance is a form of ignorance which must be mastered before any form of enduring success may be attained. It is the chief cause of all wars. It makes enemies in business and in the professions. It disintegrates the organized forces of society in a thousand forms, and stands, like a mighty giant, as a barrier to the abolition of war. It dethrones reason and substitutes mob psychology in its place.”
Lesson 14 is Tolerance. Hill begins by describing the destructive effects of intolerance. According to Hill, intolerance clouds the mind of the individual and stops his moral, mental and spiritual development. He urges us to question the foundation of our beliefs – make sure the foundation is sound, and based on reality and truth.
He outlines a plan for the abolition of war. In hindsight, Hill ideas are brilliant and revolutionary! These ideas lead him into a discussion of the principal of organized effort. Simply put, regardless of the business one is engaged in, cooperation and tolerance can be of tremendous help in achieving one’s Definite Chief Aim.
Lesson 14 – Tolerance
- Why you should be aware of the two significant features of intolerance.
- Why your life is built upon bias and prejudice … and how you need to re-learn what you previously thought was the truth.
- Why children are more important to business than you think.
- The two things that are the foundation of enduring success.
- Why you don’t have the time to allow intolerance into your life.
- The lessons from a war built upon a lack of tolerance … and how you can profit from them.
The chief object of this course and, particularly, of this lesson is to educate, more than it is to inform – meaning by the word “educate” to educe, to draw out; to develop from within; to cause you to use the power that lies sleeping within you, awaiting the awakening hand of some appropriate stimulus to arouse you to action.
FIRST: Intolerance is a form of ignorance which must be mastered before any form of enduring success may be attained. It is the chief cause of all wars. It makes enemies in business and in the professions. It disintegrates the organized forces of society in a thousand forms, and stands, like a mighty giant, as a barrier to the abolition of war. It dethrones reason and substitutes mob psychology in its place.
SECOND: Intolerance is the chief disintegrating force in the organized religions of the world, where it plays havoc with the greatest power for good there is on this earth; by breaking up that power into small sects and denominations which spend as much effort opposing each other as they do in destroying the evils of the world.
**Power may be accumulated by cooperative, organized effort**
Never before, in the history of the world, had so much power been concentrated in one group of men as that which was created through the organized effort of the allied armies. We come, now, to one of the most outstanding and significant facts to we found in the analysis of these allied armies, namely, that they were made up of the most cosmopolitan group of soldiers ever assembled on this earth.
Under the stress of war, that great mass of humanity was reduced to a common level where they fought shoulder to shoulder, side by side, without asking any questions as to each other’s racial tendencies or religious beliefs.
Is it only when civilized people are fighting for their lives that they have the foresight to lay aside intolerance and cooperate in the furtherance of a common end?
If it were advantageous to the allied armies to think and act as one thoroughly coordinated body, would it we less advantageous for the people of a city or a community or an industry to do so?
If organizations of your city allied themselves for the furtherance of a common cause, do you not see how such an alliance would create sufficient power to insure the success of that cause?
Bring the illustration still nearer your own individual interests by an imaginary alliance between all of the employers and all of the employees of your city, for the purpose of reducing friction and misunderstandings, thereby enabling them to render better service at a lower cost to the public and greater profit to themselves.
Law of Success:
Lesson 14- Tolerance pt.2
Using your Emotional Guidance System
Every emotion is an indicator of our alignment to Source. When you can utilize the special gift of every emotion as a Divination tool for pointing us in the right direction, back home to the Sacred Self of light and love, we can more easily honor and embrace the emotional journey, as well as be a guide for others to do the same.
Write out 3 real-life examples of moving up the emotional scale from the list below. Notice the if you were able to move the energy, and if you feel better. Notice where you get stuck. if at all on the journey. Notice if the process is easier for some subjects that others. Look at why that may be. Enjoy the process of self-discovery!
The Emotional Guidance Scale:
4. Positive expectation/Belief
- Levels II & III: Read Lesson 15 on The Golden Rule in The Law of Success Book for next week. Note these are big chapters so pace yourself and make a commitment to read every day. Take notes as you go along, and STICK WITH IT!
Level III: Listen to the Your Wish Is Your Command CD Series: sample of disc 10
The construction of the temple of universal peace have been here assembled, where they might be re-arranged and transformed into this high ideal as a world reality.
It is, of course, obvious that anything which impedes the progress of civilization stands, also, as a barrier to each individual; and, stating it conversely, anything that beclouds the mind of the individual and retards his mental, moral and spiritual development, retards, also, the progress of civilization.
In uncovering for you the source from which intolerance is usually developed, this lesson has led you, also, to the study of other thought- provoking subjects which might easily mark the most profitable turning- point of your life. Books and lessons, in themselves, are of but little value; their real value, if any, lies not in their printed pages, but in the possible action which they may arouse in the reader.
We learned from the world war that we cannot destroy a part without weakening the whole; that when one nation or group of people is reduced to poverty and want, the remainder of the world suffers, also. Stated conversely, we learned from the world war that cooperation and tolerance are the very foundation of enduring success.
IF A (WO)MAN HAS BUILT A SOUND CHARACTER IT MAKES BUT LITTLE DIFFERENCE WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT HIM, BECAUSE HE WILL WIN IN THE END.
POEM BY HILL ON TOLERANCE!
When the dawn of Intelligence shall have spread its wings over the eastern horizon of progress, and Ignorance and Superstition shall have left their last footprints on the sands of Time, it will be recorded in the book of man’s crimes and mistakes that his most grievous sin was that of Intolerance!
The bitterest Intolerance grows out of racial and religious differences of opinion, as the result of early childhood training. How long, O Master of Human Destinies, until we poor mortals will understand the folly of trying to destroy one another because of dogmas and creeds and other superficial matters over which we do not agree?
Our allotted time on this earth is but a fleeting moment, at most!
Like a candle, we are lighted, shine for a moment and flicker out! Why can we not so live during this short earthly sojourn that when the Great Caravan called Death draws up and announces this visit about finished we will be ready to fold our tents, and, like the Arabs of the Desert, silently follow the Caravan out into the Darkness of the Unknown without fear and trembling?
I am hoping that I will find no Jews or Gentiles, Catholics or Protestants, Germans or Englishmen, Frenchmen or Russians, Blacks or Whites, Reds or Yellows, when I shall have crossed the Bar to the Other Side.
I am hoping I will find there only human Souls, Brothers and Sisters all, unmarked by race, creed or color, far I shall want to be done with Intolerance so I may lie down and rest an eon or two, undisturbed by the strife, ignorance, superstition and petty misunderstandings which mark with chaos and grief this earthly existence.
Your true power is in alignment. When alignment is present, all things in life become easy and graceful. Enjoy!