'How can you help loving young people when you see all that profusion of life, vigour and enthusiasm and the magnificent aspirations of their hearts.The only question is what they will do with that over-abundance of energy. If we remember that there is a correspondence between the life of a human being and that of nature, we can say that a young person’s formative years can be compared to the period when the earth itself was being formed. At that time, millions of years ago, no organized form of life was possible on earth, for it was nothing but a seething mass of molten matter constantly racked by volcanic eruptions. Before life could appear, all these upheavals, all these chaotic forces, had to settle down and evolve into a calm, stable environment suitable for plants, animals and human beings.
The inner life of young people is exactly like the primeval state of the planet: their untamed and uncontrolled energies give rise to all kinds of wild and contradictory manifestations. Their impressions and sensations, their likes and dislikes, their enthusiasm and their revolt, are all excessive. A generous, creative impulse will frequently be followed by a feeling of disgust and an urge to destroy – sometimes even to destroy themselves. Nothing solid can be built on such unstable ground, and this means that before they can become a hospitable environment, figuratively speaking, for plants, animals and human beings, young people have to introduce an element of moderation, control and harmony into their lives.
|It is this that constitutes the transition from youth to adulthood: the transition from an unorganized, chaotic, unstable life to a life that is rich and full and beneficial both to oneself and to others. You must not imagine that becoming an adult means losing your youth, that is to say, losing all that constitutes the charm and dynamism of life. Not at all! Being young is one thing; preserving your youth is another. Young people possess an abundance of vital forces and new materials with which they must work consciously to construct their life…|
|The origin of so many of the conflicts between young people and adults is the unconscious way in which the adults lived when they themselves were young. Having been entirely passive and never having done any work on their inner self, they now feel diminished and resentful of the young, who have something that they have lost. As for the young, when they see so many dreary, decaying, ineffectual adults, they quite naturally criticize or laugh or rebel, and little by little this situation creates insoluble problems. For my part, I advise young people to leave adults alone and begin an immense work of their own, a work of inner organization, control and harmonization that will enable them to contribute something better. If they really want to achieve this, they are capable of doing so. As a matter of fact, in recent years many young people have begun to be active in public affairs. Very young boys and girls already have something to say about society, about life in their country and about world events, and they are starting to organize in order to make their voice heard. This has never happened before. It is quite a new phenomenon, a sign of the times. As you know, we are at the threshold of a new age, the age of Aquarius, and young people sense and are already responding to the new currents that are flooding into the world…'|
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