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The Question (ID Number 152)...

    In your Illusions interview you stated that there would be many who would say, "I'm on my inner journey," and you would reply, "To hell with your inner journey, that can wait. This needs to be done now." It seems to me that most people aren't going to pay any attention to what you say until they are at a certain point in their inner journey. Furthermore, you, I believe, had to do a lot of inner work yourself before you came up with the conclusions that you did. The problem that the world has had in changing up to this point is that there were few who had make the inner changes necessary to change the world. I think that the progress that is being made today in turning the takers tide is only because we are waking up spiritually. You are looking for a fundamental behavioral change, from one culture changing to another, which can only result from widespread individual spiritual changes. Expecting a cultural change without a fundamental inner change is foolish. They both have to happen together. Or do you disagree?

    ...and the response:

    "If the world is saved, it will not be saved by old minds with new programs, it will be saved by new minds with no programs at all." Does this statement (taken, of course from THE STORY OF B) sound like I'm "expecting a cultural change without a fundamental inner change"? People of this culture have a desperate need for spiritual candy---I don't blame them, I understand it. But I personally have no spiritual candy FOR them. In THE CELESTINE PROPHECY, James Redfield offers a new source of spiritual candy. That is simply not what I'm about. If we go on this way, our grandchildren are going to reach maturity in a devastated world---and the fact that we had all the candy we wanted is not going to be much consolation to them.

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