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The present is the most transient of the three actual and imagined states of our con sciousness. This changing present is ever adding to the growing past, and the future is a shadow cast by it. The indistinctness of the future, to our minds, confers upon it a vastness and a realism it does not actually possess. Since the past can only be revered or despised, and the present is constantly waning, men are ever drawn to the future. It is something yet unrealized, and in a strange sort of way men hope to perceive it from afar. Thus they seek to choose from it, in advance, what they want, and discard what they do not like, as a housewife select ing fruit in a market place. Rather than admit, however, that the stuff of which the future is made is in each mo ment of the present, men think the vision they need is possessed by a chosen few. In their search, they turn to the vagaries of all kinds of methods of prognostication, over which seers and prophets preside, often in false majesty. That some of the prognosticators are amazing in the accuracy of their predictions is not so much evidence of a specially endowed faculty to pierce the veil of tomorrow, as it is a tribute of their keen analysis of today. For analogy, the man who, upon studying a barometer, announces the coming of a storm tomorrow, hasnt had a vision of the future, rather he has be-

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come aware of a cause existing in the pres ent. Most men trample beneath their feet on earth those substantial signs of future events, for which they stretch their necks to scan the heavens.

Part I

At Conclusion of War
Events to Follow Immediately
A t the outstart we have one confident pre sumption. The United Nations will be vic torious. This should be qualified by the statement that they will be as victorious as any nation can be after a gruelling and ex hausting war. In theory, each of the con feree nations will be motivated by the same idealism which they now represent in the prosecution of the war. The direction in which the conference will move, will be to grant concessions to formerly insignificant and lesser powers, now partners in a victory. This will give them a degree of equality without seeming to lessen the status of the pre-war big pow ers. This will not be a stroke of diplomacy for the great powers, for in fact it will be the beginning of the end for some of them, at least insofar as their tremendous sphere of influence is concerned. These concessions will take the form of a redistribution of the spheres of influence. W h at will be the na ture of this allottment? W h o will partially benefit, at least for the moment, and who will be required to make the greatest sac rifices?

Out of the Present

The greatest prophet of all is the prevail ing times. If you would know what the tomorrow should and w ill bring forth, re verse your point of observation, place self in the indeterminate future, then look back upon the present. So let us assume this position and, looking upon the things with which we are familiar, let us do a kind of realistic predicting, for out of the present arise those needs which shape the future. The following, therefore, are the changes today s international involvement will pro duce in the world in the immediate future*-* and in the decades to come. In presaging these events, the Rosicrucian Order is using nothing more mysterious than the immanent faculties of observation and abstraction which all men possess, and a unique method of analysis of the present trends.

Russia will be one of the first to raise her voice and it will be the loudest. She will have come into a consciousness of a strength

that surprised even her. She will have dis played, besides an unexpected, colossal, mili tary might, an industrial ingenuity and or ganization which were unsuspected. R ussias demands will take the form of insistence upon: Voice and vote in any future decisions which will affect the new balance and order of things, which the victorious con ferees may decide upon. She will arrogate and receive a slice of Eastern Rumania and Bulgaria. These portions will constitute the eastern end of the Black Sea. This will assure Russia domination of the Black Sea on three sides. It is necessary to her for an easy access to the Dardanelles, important gate way to the Mediterranean, and the Suez waterway to the Indian Ocean. She will also demand and receive a voice in the future actual international control of the Suez Canal. A further concession which she will rele gate to herself will be a mandate in Manchukuo. This will permit the Soviets to come further south, behind Japan. This will give protection to Russias Siberian port of Vladivostok, and prevent possible future invasion through her Siberian back door by any power. She will demand and receive the occu pation of such territory as will be equiva lent to a corridor southward through the little Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia,

Lithuania, and that part of Germany which now projects into the Baltic. This w ill give her unquestioned domination of the Baltic Sea. Russia will further demand and eventu ally receive a corridor across the northern most tip of Finland, which adjoins her Kola Peninsula. This will have the de sired effect of pushing the Russian fron tier to Norway.

C h inas voice, for the first time in modern history, will carry weight at a conference of world powers. There will be an ever-grow ing national spirit among the millions of Chinese people capable of being influenced by signs of progress. However, the Chinese national element will insist at the conference on complete sovereignty for China. No voice of protest tation w ill be raised against this demand. A n y attempt to oppose it might fan the dangerous spark of racial rivalry between the Asiatic and W estern powers into flame. China will rule China. China will make plain that a mandate over Thailand is of value to her national sovereignty. She w ill propose and eventually receive a cor ridor through Burma or French IndoChina, to have better supervision over her back door.

India will again demand absolute, uncon ditional, national independence through her

national party, and will receive suck recog nition. W ith the concurrence of China, India in return for sovereignty will concede England certain advantageous military bases on Ceylon, the Andaman Islands, and is lands off the west coast of India. China will urge India to agree to this, to assure the Sovereignty of India.

Indies possessions upon which she de pends as a power. Holland will dispute with China the Iatters right of mandate over Thailand, the former Siam. She, Holland, will rep resent that she should exercise a mandate over it because its capitulation during the w ar was a greater menace to her than to China. China will assume the man date, however.


Australia and N ew Zealand, politically and otherwise, will insist upon becoming absolutely independent of England. This will be inspired by the realization that they can no longer place their future security in the hands of England. They will shift dependency from E n g land to the United States, fully realizing that their future will be more bound up with that power. Both Australia and N ew Zealand will look most warily upon the new Asiatic alliance of China and India to their north and west. Their relations with those nations will be most favorable, but the cheap labor and modernization of the latter will augur future economic prob lems of trade competition.

The Philippines will gain a negative sov ereignty. That is, they will concede United States naval and air bases on the islands amounting to a United States protectorate which even the most extreme Filipino na tionals will not protest for several decades.

The United States of America w ill make no large territorial demands, but will in sist upon receiving mandates over nearly all of the most strategic islands in the South Pacific islands now occupied by, or which were mandated to, Japan after W orld W a r I. England will weakly pro test this plan, but will be definitely over ruled by all the other United Nations. Likewise, the then newly organized French government will concede the United States permanent naval and air bases, and extensive fortifications in French Guiana and on Martinique, G u a deloupe, and other French possessions

Holland will gain the restoration of her sovereignty which was lost during the war. She will also regain her wealthy East

adjacent to the approaches of the Panama Canal. There are other strategic points equally near the Canal which are the territory of other powers. However, for the United States to insist upon estab lishing bases upon them might cause cer tain Central and South American nations to point a finger at her and cry imper ialism. ' (AI so see particulars in Part II.)

In the light of Italys striking lack of spirit in her military campaigns, there will be assumed to have been a reluctance on the part of the Italian populace to participate in the war. In other words, it will be affirmed that the Italian people were not sympathetic to the war, into which their government pre cipitated them. A t least, this reasoning will have a tendency at the conference table to mitigate the otherwise harsh discipline sev eral of the conferee nations will be disposed to impose on Italy. The boundaries of Italy proper will re main intact. She will be obliged to sacrifice her A fri can possessions, and will forfeit her em pire. Britain will demand and establish a pro tectorate over Libia. The proximity of Libia to Egypt and to the Suez Canal and the ability of a power holding the former to menace the latter will motivate England.

Italian Somaliland will also become a British mandated territory, its proximity to the G u lf of Aden and the Red Sea causing Britain to insist upon this dom ination. England, France, and Russia will require the demobilizing of the military strength of Sicily, that stepping-stone between Italy and the North African coast. Italy w ill be kept an ineffectual sea and air power in the Mediterranean, which, however, will not affect her commerce in the region.

The Versailles Treaty will appear innocu ous by comparison to the new protocol which will be drawn concerning this nation. In other words, a spirit of attrition toward her will prevail. This attitude will not only be manifest by several of the victorious con ferees, but also by her former allies. The first act will consist of the restora tion of the sovereign and territorial rights of those nations invaded by Germany. Tremendous indemnities w ill not be ex acted from Germany, as occurred after W orld W a r I. Such a method, it will be reasoned, unites a people by their com mon plight ^ and makes them bitter and vengeful. Germany will be decentralized. Each of the states which compose the German Reich, such as Bavaria, Saxony, and S i lesia, will be politically severed, utilizing

its own name exclusively as when it was a separate kingdom. Prussia will be the exception. To the world, Prussia will seem to symbolize German military might and spirit. It will, therefore, be subject to a division of its territory between the other states, such as Bavaria and Saxony.

Each of these states, then, will have pro vincial governments. In other words, each will be organized as a separate province governing itself under the supervision of a United Nations Commission. England will receive a further concession to fortify and occupy certain zones on the coast of former Northern Germany. E n g land will see in this the need and oppor tunity to push Central Europe further from her shores and to ameliorate R us sias sphere of influence on the Baltic.

The disposal of Japan s status as a nation will compel the greatest diplomatic discre tion. It will need to be made very apparent to the other Oriental powers, especially those who are victorious allies, that the impositions are in consideration of Japan s war conduct, and not with the intention of reflecting any racial superiority upon the part of the vic torious white race powers. The Koreans will think that they see in Japan s post-war plight an opportunity to have, their previous independence restored.

In this, they will be disappointed, for it will not be. Japan will be relieved of only that terri tory which she has acquired through ag gression since the beginning of her cur rent war with China. She will, however, as mentioned elsewhere in this booklet, be deprived of those islands over which she was given mandate after W orld W a r I. The United States and England, in particular, will be aware that to further compress Japan into a smaller territorial area, by repartitioning the lands they pre viously acquired through the decades of their aggression, would be to engender more quickly an undesirable condition be cause of excessive population. Japan will be reduced to a minimum, or a third-rate military power. Japan will resort to an intense campaign of winning the friendship of her Asiatic sister nations ^ China, Burma, M alaya, and the Indonese peoples in general. In other words, this campaign will consist of segregating peoples according to their racial psychology. The propaganda will be entirely different from that which Japan has heretofore ex pounded. It will not advocate an Asiatic union of the nations of the East, with Japan as the motivating nucleus or the protective element. Rather, it will advo cate the need to preserve the soul of A s i atic culture against the inroads being made by W estern civilization:

Part II

The World and You


This problem of the standard of living will eventually resolve down to the ques tion of how much luxury shall the indi vidual enjoy, or rather, have easy access to. Radios, telephones, refrigerators, air cooling systems, even the automobile, which are commercially considered and advertised as necessities in America are held to be luxuries elsewhere. V ery few nations of the world are so internally wealthy in resources as to provide their own materials for the manufacture of these things. W h at of the nations that have but one commodity to export, and that in competi tion with similar exports throughout the world ? The immediate course of action will be to keep the price level of luxuries up by taxation in those nations where they have been comparatively easy to procure. This will not make it impossible for individuals in the luxury nations to obtain such com modities, but it will make them conscious of their luxury content. Effort will likewise be made to cut down the cost of production of such articles, so that they may be sold in foreign markets for appreciably less than they are obtain

able in the domestic markets. Since the buying power of most of the foreign mar kets for such items will be less, the num ber of people throughout the world being able to acquire such luxuries will be pro portional, namely, equalizing the standard of living.

A n international trade pool will be formed. Every nation which exports goods may, if it so desires, have a representa tive on the commission that will super vise this trade pool. Each nation, regard less of its size, its wealth, or the volume of its exports and imports, will have an equal vote in the determining of policies and the appointment of the executive of ficers of the trade pool. A nation having a surplus of cotton, for example, which it has been unable to sell on the world market, will sell it to the trade pool. The basis of purchase will be the actual cost of production at the wage level absolutely essential to main tain the comparative standards of living of that nation. The purchase will also allow a fixed per cent of profit which all nations alike will enjoy, by selling their surplus goods to the trade pool. This amount will not be paid in gold or in monetary units by the trade pool to the seller nations, but rather that such pur chasing power will be credited to each of such nations. Thus, if a nation sells to the trade pool $5,000,000 worth of sur

plus cotton, it can then draw on the pool in purchases for that amount. The goods sold to it from the pool will be at prevail ing market prices. The nations selling their commodities to the trade pooh will be obliged to make a corresponding amount of purchases from it within the same year, in either one or as many commodities as they need.


Some nations will have little or no com modities to export, but will have an abun dance of fafcor^namely, millions of people who could work and earn a livelihood if they had something to work upon. The commission of an organized trade pool, however, will adjust this circumstance. They will provide qualified labor in num bers of thousands. They will see that it is voluntarily sent from the country of sur plus to the country needing it. It will be used for emergency projects where such work will not detrimentally affect the labor balance of the country which the workers enter, and in which they will remain for a temporary period. The nation receiving such labor will feed and house both the men and their immediate families in military or barrack style domiciles. The cost of this will be deducted from a daily wage scale received by the workers. This scale will be de cided upon by the commission and based upon an average for such labor through out the world. The balance due the work16

ers will be set up as a credit in the trade pool, to the nation providing the men. This nation can then obtain the products it needs in that amount from the trade pool. It can sell them or use them in such a w ay as to compensate its laboring men, when they are returned to their own land, for the labor they have expended. In the new social philosophy of tomor row, man will come to look upon his work ing hours as not just serving him alone, but as a contribution to civilization. He will come to realize that each industrious individual is actually not just working for an employer or even himself, but for his government as well, even though he is not on the states payroll. He works not just to subsist, but also to enjoy that life which his kind of government affords him. The present relationship between cap ital and labor w ill be greatly altered by this new social philosophy. The state it self, not the worker or the capitalist, will fix the minimum hours required to carry on a program of production of essentials and non-essentials. The state will realize that any number of hours below such a minimum will jeopardize the standards of living which the people themselves want.

In the sphere of education, we will not see the cessation of private universities or colleges. Public universities and colleges for which no fees for attendance will be

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required of the student, w ill, however, be increased throughout the world. Strict entry examinations, a rigid curriculum and study requirements w ill eliminate over-crowding in the fields of specializa tion. Governments w ill compel vocational analysis, w hich w ill be a highly developed and dependable science, instead of the maladroit system now in use. N o individual w ill be permitted to study for a profession, if he is not intellectually or temperamentally suited to it. T o pre vent over-crowding and consequent cor ruption, for w hich certain of our profes sions today are noted, quotas w ill be placed upon all professions.

For science, w e predict that the astro nomical scale of distances w ill become completely revolutionized, revealing errors in our present theory as glaring as those in the long since abandoned Ptolem aic cosmogony. T he great telescopes with their costly, stupendous lenses now used in astronomical observations w ill come to appear as crude instruments, particularly because the entire principle upon which they are constructed w ill be discarded. T he magnification of objects by the use of lenses in astronomical telescopes in the great observatories w ill give w a y to a startling device employing electro magnetic principles. T h is device w ill electrically polarize w ave bands of light, so that they

have an electrical property and can thus be magnified as tremendously as we now am plify the electrical impulses produced by sound waves through present-day in struments. V a st stellar spaces w ill be re duced to the capacity of human percep tion i a universe now undreamed of, in > comparison to w hat we now can visually perceive, w ill be disclosed to the know l edge of man. There w ill be instruments developed which w ill discover for man another nat ural, yet an almost dormant faculty which w ill cause him to enjoy a perception of existence not now imagined possible for the human consciousness. T h is new fac ulty of perception w ill reveal intelligences existing elsew here in the universe, which now w e have no means of discerning. If this seems fantastic, conceive our present human race without the faculty of hearing, trying to become cognizant of a reality w hich would exist only as sound. S u d denly given hearing, w ould not their reali zation of the new realities be startling to them?

* A m ystical pantheism w ill be the re ligion of tomorrow. Th e central doctrine of this religion w ill be that a U niversal Intelligence as a series or concatenation of causes, creative and perfect in its whole, pervades everywhere and everything. Though it be absolutely impersonal, it provides in its perfection for a faculty in

man through which he can draw upon it to prevent and remove any discordance within himself or the spheres of his lifes activities. T h e creed of this religion w ill expound that all things in essence w ill be united with man, and of him, and he with all else. It w ill not alone be a faith in the brotherhood of man, but a brotherhood of being. It w ill also proclaim that man can be no closer to this U niversal M in d than he can come to self. It w ill further teach that if he finds him self in the shadows, it w ill not be because he has been for saken, is being punished, or must be re deemed, but that intentionally or inad vertently he has turned from the inner light. There w ill not be churches, but a church. There w ill not be sects, but de grees and grades of comprehension. From one to another w ill man advance as he proves him self competent. N o men w ill have absolute comprehension of this U n i versal M ind, for they w ould have to be aware of all of those things w hich it comprises. Likew ise, therefore, no man w ill have a wrong conception of it, for each state of consciousness w ill be related to the in d ividu als personal attainment.

all classes of society. It w ill be unlike any internationalism which the world has ever before experienced. T h e returning warrior w ill have found that the peoples of the remote lands, whether of the E a st or W e st, taken by and large, as individuals have the same depth of character as himself. He w ill have learned that they place the same moral validity upon truth, loyalty, friend ship, and the sanctity of the home that he* does. T h e warrior w ill have found that the immorality w hich exists in these places, the promiscuity, and the perversity are more often not of the character of the people but of the individual just as they are among his own fellow citizens. C u ss edness is not a racial or national charac teristic, but an individual human fault confined to no one people alone.

Change in Courts
T h e system of jurisprudence w ill b e come completely reorganized, rather trans cend the present obnoxious imperfections. Judges of the C iv il and C rim inal courts of zones w ill be selected by examination and unquestionable qualifications. Such q u al ifications w ill not merely include a know l edge of the science and philosophy of law , but as well an intellectual breadth, w hich comes from a freedom from any allegiances which might bias a decision. Juries w ill likewise be appointed upon examination. T he fallacy of the traditional belief in their peership w ill be abolished.

O ut of the prevailing necessary attitude of extreme nationalism there w ill arise, after the present w ar, a new social con sciousness. T h is w ill take the form of a true internationalism , which w ill touch

Part III

continually disturbed and in a state of u n rest.

Can You Stand the Shock

of The Next Ten Years!


The Age of Individualism

N ot only the men and women of the de mocracies, but millions of people now in servitude, w ithin the next few years w ill ex perience a freedom unlike anything they have dreamed. T h is new freedom w ill require men and women to be true individualists to enjoy it fully. It w ill not be a question of doing just w h at you please, but of know ing the efficiency of self-living. Y o u must have a rational understanding of w h y you live. Y o u must know the true relationship of your mind and body. Y ou must be able to remove your fears, and, above all, to know how to avoid creating them. It w ill no longer be sufficient to say, as an excuse to self, that this or that is > G o d s w ill or that the state or some or ganization or society should do this or that for us. If you prepare, if you truly learn to utilize your G od-given faculties, your innate processes, and live like an in d ivid u a l and not just as a member of human society, the years just ahead w ill result in the most pro found happiness and the greatest security and achievements of your w hole life.

W h eth er you are a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, your life isnt going to be the same. T h e most astounding trans formations unexpected changes are go ing to alter your w ays of living w ithin the next few years. M illions have been w anting a change but few w ill be ready for it. A v o id the inevitable confusion an d disillu s ionment that w ill come. A ll around you are those who say: W h e n the w ar is over I w ill do thus and thus / alw ays w ith the presumption that life w ill continue right where it left off before the present conflict. W h a t a rude awakening such individuals w ill have. Y o u w ill experi ence tremendous changes in your monetary system and in your methods of buying and $ selling, for example. W h a t you once thought the inviolate sanctity of your home, w ill be entered upon decisions w ill be made by the state, w hich formerly were left to you. AH of this w ill ultim ately be to your a d vantage as a citizen of the new era. B ut unless you prepare for it, enlarge your vision, expand your comprehension of the purposes of life and your true relationship to society^ the civilization of tomorrow ^ you w ill be



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