Creed of Peace

 

I am guilty of war when I proudly exercise

my intelligence to the disadvantage of my fellow man.

 

I am guilty of war when I distort other's opinions,

which differ from my own.

 

I am guilty of war when I show disregard

for the rights and properties of others.

 

I am guilty of war when I covet what another has honestly acquired.

 

I am guilty of war when I seek to maintain my superiority of position

by depriving others of their opportunity of advancement.

 

I am guilty of war if I imagine my kin and myself to be a privileged people.

 

I am guilty of war if I believe a heritage entitles me

to monopolize resources of nature.

 

I am guilty of war when I believe other people must think and live as I do.

 

I am guilty of war when I make success in life solely dependent

upon power, fame, and riches.

 

I am guilty of war when I think the minds of people should

be regulated by force, rather than by reason.

 

I am guilty of war when I believe the God I conceive is

the one others must accept.

 

I am guilty of war when I think that a land of a man's birth

must necessarily be the place of his livelihood.

 

The true articles of peace cannot be legislated but are drawn up in the

personal aspirations and conduct of the millions of little people. When all

men will frankly perceive their common dependence, an understanding will

emerge that will transcend the barriers of time and space, creed, and race.

 

Adapted from AMORC 1944

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