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A New World Order for the Common Good

In the past weeks we have participated as observers in the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. As our contribution to this gathering, we have prepared a flyer on a new world order oriented towards the common good, based on the book “The Externalisation of the Hierarchy”. It was laid out on the desks assigned for NGOs during the meeting, and emailed to all our friends and co-workers worldwide.

The original text was written in 1945, just after the end of World War II, as the preparations for reconciliation and reconstruction were just starting. We have left out the passages relating exclusively to that period. This text concerns the work still remaining to be done to achieve a new world order based on right human relations.

A New World Order for the Common Good oriented towards the welfare of the whole creation

Certain major and spiritual premises should lie back of all efforts to formulate the new world order:

1. The new world order must meet the immediate need and not be an attempt to satisfy some distant, idealistic vision.

2. The new world order will be founded on the recognition that all men are equal in origin and goal but that all are at differing stages of evolutionary development; that personal integrity, intelligence, vision and experience, plus a marked goodwill, should indicate leadership. […] The control of labor by capital or the control of capital by labor must also go.

3. In the new world order, the governing body in any nation should be composed of those who work for the greatest good of the greatest number and who at the same time offer opportunity to all, seeing to it that the individual is left free.

4. The new world order will be founded on an active sense of responsibility. The rule will be "all for one and one for all." This attitude among nations will have to be developed. It is not yet present.

5. The new world order will not impose a uniform type of government, a synthetic religion and a system of standardization upon the nations. The sovereign rights of each nation will be recognized and its peculiar genius, individual trends and racial qualities will be permitted full expression. In one particular only should there be an attempt to produce unity, and that will be in the field of education.

6. The new world order will recognize that the produce of the world, the natural resources of the planet and its riches, belong to no one nation but should be shared by all. There will be no nations under the category "haves" and others under the opposite category. A fair and properly organized distribution of the wheat, the oil and the mineral wealth of the world will be developed, based upon the needs of each nation, upon its own internal resources and the requirements of its people. All this will be worked out in relation to the whole.

7. In the preparatory period for the new world order there will be a steady and regulated disarmament. It will not be optional. No nation will be permitted to produce and organize any equipment for destructive purposes or to infringe the security of any other nation.

These are the simple and general premises upon which the new world order must begin its work. These preliminary stages must be kept fluid and experimental; the vision of possibility must never be lost, and the foundations must be preserved inviolate, but the intermediate processes and the experimentations must be carried forward by men who, having the best interests of the whole at heart, can change the detail of organization whilst preserving the life of the organism.

The objective of their work can be summed up thus: the new world order will facilitate the establishing of right human relations, based on justice, on the recognition of inherited rights, on opportunity for all - irrespective of gender, race, color or creed - on the suppression of crime and selfishness through right education, and on the recognition of divine potentialities in man as well as the recognition of a divine directing Intelligence in Whom man lives, and moves and has his being.

(edited passages from Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey, pages 190-192)

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