“A million people will eagerly follow a glib leader who raises contentious clamour and leads them to ultimate destruction, when only a few people will follow an inspired spiritual leader who leads them to true blessedness. This shows the faulty sense of values which prevails among people who are entirely ignorant of the fact that if their inner attitude toward life is wrong, their outer personal, political and economic affairs will go wrong. It shows that the reason why the mass of mankind cannot make a success of their civilization is because they cannot make a success of themselves. Not having enough faith in, or leading by, higher forces, they put their faith in destructive ones.”
Dr. Paul Brunton wrote these words in 1952, the post WWII years. He would surely turn in his grave to see where such ignorance has taken mankind in the seven decades since. Seventy years is but a blink of an eye of course, in cosmic terms, and so the insights of this spiritual philosopher are as relevant today as they ever were – if not more so.