By Eberhard Arnold
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Dividedness and isolation: there lies the worlds need. The overall misery of this world today is inextricably connected with the feeling of guilt in each individual for his own dividedness. The deadly weakness of sin as separation consumes the vital energy of love. The curse of half-heartedness and disunity stands in the way of decision and fulfillment. World suffering in public life is consonant with the sum of personal guilt. The somber words of Schopenhauer force themselves on us: If you want to know in moral terms the total worth of mankind, consider their common fate: want, misery, need, torment, and death.
This love has no practical outcome. It remains unloving. Despite all the force and fervor of its expression, this love cannot rise above a sweet enjoyment of pain, a sympathy whose source is weakness. In the freeing power of confident faith, the answer is given: It will not stay like that! Yet we are still far from being certain that 36 dawn is coming, because we have not actually experienced the darkness of night in its impenetrable blackness. Perhaps some of us may have felt this so personally that we can say, I know the feelings of the lonely women who play in hotel orchestras; the trembling of actors near the prompters box as they make their debut.
There are always men who despair, for we are threatened on all sides by a darkening of the divine light. Despair lies latent in us all, because in all of us the Adversary is at work, pitting human fire with the lying, divisive might of cultural progress and its devilish terms for existenceagainst the misery and torment of the present world order. Yet there are people everywhere who have faith, because the eternal light of Gods unifying goodness overpowers all darkness and cannot be consumed by it.