An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man, or Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson
references to Penguin Arkana edition, 1999)
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sole means now for the saving of the beings of the planet Earth
would be to implant again into their presences a new organ . . .
of such properties that every one of these unfortunates during the process of existence
should constantly sense and be cognizant of the inevitability of his own death
as well as of the death of everyone upon whom his eyes or attention rests. (p. 1183)
information, even if true, gives to beings in general only
and this mental knowledge serves beings only as a means to diminish their possibilities of acquiring real knowledge-of-being. (p. 902)
the presence of average people, what they call “will” is
exclusively only the resultant of desires.
Real will is a sign of a very high degree of Being in comparison with the Being of the ordinary man.
But only those people who possess such Being can “do.”
All other people are simply automatons, machines, or mechanical toys,
set in motion by external forces,
acting just in so far as the 'spring' placed in them by surrounding accidental conditions acts --
and this spring can neither be lengthened or shortened,
nor changed in any way on its own initiative. (p. 1204)
Jesus Christ and all the other prophets sent from Above spoke of the
death which might occur even during life,
that is to say, of the death of that 'Tyrant' from whom proceeds our slavery in this life
and whose destruction can assure the first chief liberation of man. (p. 1232)
The Five Obligatory Strivings
1. To have in one's ordinary being existence everything satisfying and necessary for the planetary (physical) body.
2. To have a constant and unflagging instinctive need for self-perfection in the sense of being.
3. The conscious striving to know ever more and more concerning the laws of World-creation and World-maintenance.
4. The striving from the beginning to pay for one's arising and individuality as quickly as possible in order to be free to lighten the sorrow of our Common Father.
5. The striving always to assist the most rapid perfecting of other beings up to the degree of self-individuality.