"True (and false) Liberty and Freedom on All Levels", Part 6
28 minutes and 11 seconds long
Host Brother Dave, a Jesusonian
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The Urantia Book, public domain [my added comments are in these brackets] Truth-seekers and Truth-finders should find interesting facts, higher meanings, and spiritual values in our shows.
PAPER 81. Development of Modern Civilization
5. Cultural Society
81:5.7 Liberty subject to group regulation is the legitimate goal of social evolution. Liberty without restrictions is the vain and fanciful dream of unstable and flighty human minds. [That would be the chaos of anarchy ! Murder, torture, rape, theft, and all other sins and evils would be allowed !]
PAPER 82. The Evolution of Marriage
1. The Mating Instinct
82:1.7 The mating instinct is one of the dominant physical driving forces of human beings; it is the one emotion which, in the guise of individual gratification, effectively tricks selfish man [or selfish woman] into putting race welfare and perpetuation high above individual ease and personal freedom from responsibility. [Some selfish, defective humans have no desire to procreate and then raise their own children as the sons of God, in Truth, that they each are ! In the future these defectives will not be a part of the ever-improving worldwide human gene pool.]
3. Early Marriage Mores
82:3.15 These primitive trial marriages were entirely free from all semblance of license; they were simply sincere tests of fecundity. [meaning the abundant procreation of children.] The contracting individuals married permanently just as soon as fertility was established. When modern couples marry with the thought of convenient divorce in the background of their minds if they are not wholly pleased with their married life, they are in reality entering upon a form of trial marriage and one that is far beneath the status of the honest adventures of their less civilized ancestors. [Today, in the USA and in Europe, divorces are declining. It that good? No ! Because less couples desire to ever marry ! They prefer to just "shack-up together", usually short-term, and see if that feels good !]
PAPER 84. Marriage and Family Life
4. Woman's Status in Early Society
84:4.10 A great advance was made when a man was denied the right to kill his wife at will. [!] Likewise, it was a forward step when a woman could own the wedding gifts. Later, she gained the legal right to own, control, and even dispose of property, but she was long deprived of the right to hold office in either church or state. Woman has always been treated more or less as property, right up to and in the twentieth century after Christ. She has not yet gained world-wide freedom from seclusion under man’s control. Even among advanced peoples, man’s attempt to protect woman has always been a tacit assertion of superiority.
8. Dangers of Self-Gratification
84:8.4 (Page 942) There is real danger in the combination of restlessness, curiosity, adventure, and pleasure-abandon characteristic of the post-Andite races. The hunger of the soul cannot be satisfied with physical pleasures; the love of home and children is not augmented by the unwise pursuit of pleasure. Though you exhaust the resources of art, color, sound, rhythm, music, and adornment of person, you cannot hope thereby to elevate the soul or to nourish the spirit. Vanity and fashion cannot minister to home building and child culture; pride and rivalry are powerless to enhance the survival qualities of succeeding generations.
84:8.5 Advancing celestial beings all enjoy rest and the ministry of the reversion directors. All efforts to obtain wholesome diversion and to engage in uplifting play are sound; refreshing sleep, rest, recreation, and all pastimes which prevent the boredom of monotony are worth while. Competitive games, storytelling, and even the taste of good food may serve as forms of self-gratification. (When you use salt to savor food, pause to consider that, for almost a million years, man could obtain salt only by dipping his food in ashes.)
84:8.6 [This is very important ! Please share widely:] Let man enjoy himself; let the human race find pleasure in a thousand and one ways; let evolutionary mankind explore all forms of legitimate self-gratification, the fruits of the long upward biologic struggle. Man has well earned some of his present-day joys and pleasures. But look you well to the goal of destiny! Pleasures are indeed suicidal if they succeed in destroying property, which has become the institution of self-maintenance; and self-gratifications have indeed cost a fatal price if they bring about the collapse of marriage, the decadence of family life, and the destruction of the home—man’s supreme evolutionary acquirement and civilization’s only hope of survival.
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