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Chapter 126 - The right education of children according to their talents. The importance of the inner development for the awakening of the spirit.

126,1. Said I: "No problem at all: As I have shown you earlier, there must be all kinds of differences among men, so that they all have need of and can serve each another.

126,2. If all people were equally diligent and had the same talents, very soon they would have no need at all of each other. That is why even children of the same parents have different talents and abilities. The educator must however be able to evaluate these properly and then instruct the children accordingly. This way they will all be guided towards their intended goal.

126,3. But if, despite the different talents and abilities of your children, you want all of them to become, for instance, tailors or weavers, then of course you will only find true diligence and zeal in those who have a knack for it. Later on, when those children become independent, they will not be doing much for the benefit of their fellow men, since, without the right talent, they will never be able to be as efficient in what they have learnt than those who had the right talent for it since birth.

126,4. In light of this, the reason for the disparate zeal among the children lies mainly with their parents and teachers during their youth. The grapevine brings forth the grape, and the fig tree brings forth the fig; both fruits taste sweet, but if you treat the fig tree the same as the grapevine, it will bring forth only few fruits, and if you let the grapevine grow like the fig tree, that is, without pruning it, then the grapevine will soon wither and produce only few grapes. Have you understood this well?"

126,5. Now the magician said: "O Lord, I thank You for this great and wonderful explanation! Yes, here man can realize how truly blind and ignorant he is with all his presumed wisdom. How many things the worldly wise persuade themselves of, and yet they miss the forest for the trees. If man would only be willing to open his eyes just a little, it would be so obvious. Clearly every child has a different character and frame; one is taller than the other, one is rougher, yet another is very gentle and delicate, so even on the outside there are already great differences between children of the same parents. Then how different will they be on the inside.

126,6. Should the external differences not be sufficient for any intelligent man to conclude that there must be great differences in people's talents and abilities as well, so that an apparently wise teacher and master could point out any given person's talents, helping them with word and deed to develop their gifts in a noble and successful manner? Oh no, that is not sufficient at all for the blind wise man, which I myself have been and still am. He wants all men to be the same. They must all think and act exactly like him and be willing to carry great burdens, for which they might not even have the strength. And so, it is not rare for people to be turned into fools instead of wise men; fools who are of no use to themselves or anybody else. I thank you again for this lesson, o Lord, from the bottom of my heart. First we will apply this to our own children, in a fruitful manner of course.

126,7. Thereupon Agricola said: "Yes, this is indeed a golden lesson, of which we Romans will make use as well; I in particular will, because, first of all, I have children myself, and secondly, the young ones that I am taking from here to Rome will be educated accordingly, as their talents will show me. Of course, a basic and general education needs to precede for all of them. For instance: The reading of scriptures, writing and mathematics, as well as the instruction in all languages spoken by people within the Roman empire. Without this essential knowledge not much can become of any man. After that, every man will be educated according to his most distinguishing talent. Lord, is this correct?"

126,8. Said I: Sure, for all men must first be able to walk, grip with their hands, see with their eyes and hear with their ears, before they are capable of performing any practical work. And so, men are indeed in need of the basic education you mentioned, with which it is certainly easier to attain the true wisdom of life. At the same time, however, one must not consider this basic education the main issue, so that men will not spend their entire lives studying scriptures and languages, thus forgetting the inner development that will awaken their spirits; for only therein lies the true value of life. Of what use is it to a man if he can write and understand all the scriptures of the world and speak the tongues of all men, but his soul would be damaged?

126,9. Therefore, before anything else, seek God's Kingdom on Earth; seek it within youselves, and everything else will be given to you in addition. But without God's Kingdom, man would have as good as nothing, even if he possessed all the treasures of the earth and the knowledge of all the worldly wise.

126,10. He who possesses God's Kingdom within his heart has everything. He has the most elevated and deepest knowledge within himself, as well as eternal life, including the power and might thereof. This is surely more than everything the people of this world have ever considered great and most valuable.

126,11. Tomorrow in Emmaus, you will all be witnessing what it means to be a perfect man. I tell you: A truly perfect man can do more than all the other imperfect men on Earth.

126,12. Therefore, strive to become perfect men before anything else. Should you achieve this goal, then you are everything and you have everything.

126,13. But I also tell you that attaining the Kingdom of God now requires might. Those who wish to possess it must seize it for themselves by force. Those who won't do this, will hardly get it completely into their living possession already here on earth."

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