In “Chapter XXXII: Rosicrucian Doctrines and Tenets,” Manly P. Hall states:
The Rosicrucian medicine for the healing of all human infirmities may be interpreted as a chemical substance which produces the physical effects described or as spiritual understanding—the true healing power which, when a man has partaken of it, reveals truth to him. Ignorance is the worst form of disease, and that which heals ignorance is therefore the most potent of all medicines. The perfect Rosicrucian medicine was for the healing of nations, races, and individuals.
At first pass, this might seem like a harsh statement, especially when one considers the plethora of physical ailments and the devastating effects they have on individuals. But if we step back and reflect, the veracity of this assertion becomes evident. The fact is, we do not know about that which we do not know. In other words, we are ignorant of our own ignorance. If you don’t recognize and acknowledge that there is a problem, then it is almost certain that you will not take any steps to rectify that problem. For example, an alcoholic who does not see that he or she has a problem with drinking will never take the first step toward recovery. Ignorance, therefore, like addiction, is one of the most insidious of diseases, and often individuals fail to become aware of the problem until the damage is done.
We see validation of this claim in our current world. Social media, biased news sources, and “smart web search” technologies have created information silos that keep people ignorant about the broader spectrum of views and ideas, the result being the fractured, angry, and mistrusting society in which we all live. Never, it seems, have we been in greater need for the “perfect Rosicrucian medicine” that would provide for “the healing of nations, races, and individuals.”
I challenge everyone to keep an open mind in these strange days. Things are changing, and they are changing rapidly, and it is in our best interest to be as thoughtful and reflective as possible. It is certainly OK to adhere to a belief, but at least validate it by considering an opposing idea.
Thanks for reading and thinking. Have a great day.
2 responses to ““The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall: Part 8 – The Worst Disease”
I love that – Jung would approve because he once said something similar: “Universal rules can be postulated only with a grain of salt. A
psychological truth is valid only if it can be reversed.”
I’m glad you are still out there blogging in these crazy times.
Hi Monika. What a great quote! Thanks for sharing that. As far as continuing to blog, I think it is important to do so. These are uncertain times, and it is exactly in times like these that people need to put in the effort to foment positive change, no matter how small the action. That said, I want you to know that what you do makes a difference in the world. Every time you share an idea, thought, insight, you are creating ripples of positive change in the world. I am grateful for all that you share.
Many blessings, and stay safe.