Have we already arrived?
- "We are going forward to an age when, as I indicated recently, men
will understand what the atom is, in reality. It will be realised
by the public mind too that the atom is nothing but coagulated
electricity. The thought itself is composed of the same substance.
Before the end of the fifth epoch of culture, science will have
reached the stage where man will be able to penetrate into the atom
itself. When the similarity of substance between the thought and the
atom is once comprehended, the way to get hold of the forces
contained in the atom will soon be discovered and then nothing will
be inaccessible to certain methods of working. A man standing here,
let us say, will be able by pressing a button concealed in his
pocket, to explode some object at a great distance say in Hamburg!
Just as by setting up a wave-movement here and causing it to take a
particular form at some other place, wireless telegraphy is possible,
so what I have just indicated will be within man's power when the
occult truth that thought and atom consist of the same substance is
put into practical application.
It is impossible to conceive what might happen in such circumstances
if mankind has not, by then, reached selflessness. The attainment of
selflessness alone will enable humanity to be kept from the brink of
destruction. The downfall of our present epoch will be caused by lack
of morality. The Lemurian epoch was destroyed by fire, the Atlantean
by water; our epoch and its civilisation will be destroyed by the War
of All against All, by evil. Human beings will destroy each other in
mutual strife. And the terrible thing more desperately tragic than
other catastrophes will be that the blame will lie with human
A tiny handful of men will make good and thus insure their survival
in the sixth epoch of civilisation. This tiny handful will have
attained selflessness. The others will develop every imaginable skill
and subtlety in the manipulation and use of the physical forces of
nature, but without the essential degree of selflessness.
In the seventh epoch of civilisation, this War of All against All
will break out in the most terrible form. Great and mighty forces
will be let loose by the discoveries, turning the whole earth-globe
into a kind of [self-functioning] live electric mass. In a way that
cannot be discussed, the tiny handful will be protected and
Berlin, December 23, 1904