The Democracy of Mind

Now that so much is thought and talked of the world being made safe for democracy, it is interesting to analyze just what is meant by such an assertion and by what methods the task may be accomplished. Pure democracy is unknown to the governments of the world to-day, although it may be found, in very nearly the exact expression of the word, in some of the cantons of Switzerland, and in certain New England townships. All students of history know that the word democracy derives from the Greek and means "rule by the people." In its Greek form, democracy originated as long ago as 594 B.C., when Solon, known as the founder of Athenian democracy, drafted laws by which he established a new code of equality for the people. At one time democracy was defined as mob rule or rule by the masses, a definition that has not been able to stand the test of time because such a classification fails entirely to take into consideration intelligence, and implies a rule by mere numbers, that utterly disregards the power of right idea.

With the passing of years, which is in reality the unfoldment of eternity, any conception of government undergoes a change, and it is not until democracy is seen as government by the one Mind that opposition to government will cease. The establishment, without contravention, of the rule of Mind and its expression, to be effective must be accomplished not by the sword or any human agency but through education in its highest sense. The phrase, making the world safe for democracy, generally conveys to people the thought that through the unrivaled prestige of those nations most nearly approximating individual freedom, the ideal of democratic government may be assured of never being overthrown by an attack of autocracy in any form of limited human control. And this is undeniably true, for the nations most nearly exemplifying the democracy of Mind can never be destroyed; the truth that they express is the power of spiritual idea against which the aggression of so-called reactionary forces is entirely futile. The machinery of government may be needed, but when recognized as the activity of Principle, it can never tyrannize, it can never crush out liberty of thought and action, it can never be other than truly democratic.

Grace and Gratitude
March 19, 1921

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