Face life. Face yourself. This takes courage. This is real courage. Thrill seeking and risking your health or well-being for wild, exotic experiences to prove to others how strong you are do not qualify as real courage. These things do not require as much of you as telling the truth about your life, living the truth, following the truth, expressing the truth, and learning how to do all of these things by trial and error and by gaining Wisdom and assistance from others. What courage does it take to say no to financial rewards when they are inappropriate or require something that is not correct for you? What courage does it take to turn away from love or a loving person when that involvement is not correct for you? Those who seek advantage and who take advantage of others and their affections and who seek only to fill their own coffers of wealth and personal self-esteem will find only misery as their reward, for what they try to secure can be easily lost. They have not met their inner need; they have not answered their greater questions. So, their sense of stress and lack of well-being will persist and grow deeper and darker over time.
Let this not be your destiny, though many choose it and express its glories and its benefits. Do not let this be your decision. It takes little courage to follow in the ways of the world. It takes great courage to follow in the ways of Knowledge. It takes little courage to accept the pleasures and to deny the pains of life around you. It takes little courage to try to live a beatific life while the rest of the world goes on without you. It takes great courage to face the world, to face yourself and to face the possibility of living a greater life here—a life of service, a life of meaning and a life of meaningful engagement with others. It takes courage to face what this may mean, not knowing how it will turn out or what it will look like when it finds its true expression.
It takes great courage to undertake The Greater Community Way of Knowledge, for here you are preparing for something you can barely understand. Here your personal ambitions will fail you or it will seem that they cannot be fulfilled by undertaking the Greater Community preparation. But you go on because Knowledge prompts you. This requires courage. This is choosing truth over pleasure.
How secure and how powerful the man or woman of Knowledge is who would not give up their mission for love or money. Are they fanatical? Perhaps. But they are committed because they have realized that truth is a source of meaning for them. Their ability to join in relationship far surpasses that of other people. What they will experience and what they will give will far surpass the goals and ambitions of others around them. They will make life possible for humanity in the future. They will strengthen humanity.
This is needed now as the world is preparing to emerge into the Greater Community. Humanity must become stronger, more unified, more capable of cooperation, with greater self-care, greater support and assistance and greater cultural integration. All of these things, many of which you hold dear as great virtues already, must be founded upon a stronger humanity—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually stronger.