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by Dane Rudhyar

First Published 1973

I feel we are at the
       threshold of a new age,
and that we need now,
      more than anything else,

a new approach
       to human relationships
          and to social organization.

We need a planetary approach,
       we need a synthetic approach.

We need something in which
       the individual learns
          his own function in the world

because if you are to have
      a global world

the individual has to be
      so well established
         in his or her own identity
that he or she can afford to
      co-operate with other people
         all over the world,

independent of
      their culture,
         their race,
            their traditions
                and so on.

It is very important, therefore
      that one should learn
         how to establish oneself in
            one's own identity.

We need a new type
       of human being.

We need something which is
       based no longer, so much,
          on conflict,

but on a
      full acceptance of the
         total human being
            body, mind, soul, feeling

An esthetic approach
an ethical approach,

so that you can see
       the relationship
in which everything
       stands inside of the whole,
so you can look at the whole
       and become identified with the
       of that whole,
rather than with any particular part.

Now this is,of course,
       a very difficult situation.

We are certainly
       in a difficult time
and what is ahead of us today,
       I do not know.

I am rather pessimistic
       as far as the immediate future is concerned,
considering the way
       the world and our nation
is moving at the present time.

But you must realize that
       crises are sometimes
necessary to accomplish
       what is to be accomplished.

The only problem, however,
       is this:
something must be ready before
       the great crisis comes

— when the new cycle begins —

       for it will have to begin
on the foundation of those
       seeds which have been sown
before the crisis.

If you have a winter
       followed by a spring, but
there was no harvest
       in the fall
no seed will germinate
       during the spring,
and you will have to start
       at the very beginning
into the most primitive time of manifestation.

That's why I have stressed,
       so much all my life the idea I call
          the "seed man" and "seed woman"

the "seed person," the individual

       who is willing and able
to gather within himself or herself,
       as it were,
the past of humanity
       and particularly of our western world,
but also of other cultures

because what we want
       to emerge from the future,
          after whatever crisis will come
             is a global world.

We therefore need
       men and women of great vision,
individuals who are not specialists,
       men and women who
have the vision and courage
       to wait,

and to, in some way
through their lives,
          through their example, and
             through whatever they leave
                after their deaths,
to become
       the seeds
          of the future world.

That's of course,
       the great choice
          we have all to make,
             and we all can make it.

We can follow
       the mass vibration
          and decay, like
             all the leaves
                of the world
in the fall
       (however beautiful
          the golden leaves may be),
             they will have to decay
and become manure
       for the future
          of civilization,

but it is only
       the "seed men and women" that really count,
       and it is those
you should look for,

if you yourself do not
       feel yet to the point of being ready to become
a "seed person,"
       because it is that only which is
the insurance for the future rebirth of humanity.

I think today
       it is of no use
to try to look
       to the immediate future,
because it looks very dark;
       but it is to look
to prepare —
       for the possibility that
a new world may arise,
       if not tomorrow,
the day after tomorrow.

I think it is the only thing
       which gives value to
all our sacrifice,
       all our courage, decisions and choices

       it is to become seeds
for the development of the future world.

So I hope
       every one of you,
each one in your own life,
       in your way can —
some day soon, very soon,
       (if you have not done it already),
make the choice, and become
       "seed men" and "seed women."

I thank you.
       Dane Rudhyar

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