Cooperative Community Training Test



The Unity and the Individual

"Since we are not ourselves ultimates, we cannot know ultimate Purpose. The present purpose seems to be evolution by means of functioning. The objective of evolution is twofold. On the one hand it is the development of the independent individual. On the other it is the coordination of the individuals so developed into a functioning Unity.

"Your responsibility as a component part of the greater whole is primarily yourself, and only secondarily that which you accomplish outside yourself. That the secondary may be important is acknowledged, but it is impossible that it should be aught but ephemeral if the primary is not a solid reality.

"The individual man . . . is a member of not one narrow group only, such as the family. He is also a member of a succession of ever more inclusive groups, until he is to be considered eventually a member of that which comprises the sum total of earthly incarnations. Each of these groups has its own type of problems, good and evil, to be worked out. And all of these problems have the same characteristic of being beyond the scope and power of individual solution. They have also the characteristic in common that they are the individual problem and responsibility.

"From this it follows that if an individual works out his own development, he automatically also works out, as far as the individual can, the group problem. And consequently, if the group problem is by so much carried out, there is so much less of it to weigh upon the other members of the group. In that thought you may glimpse the interrelations of effort, and the value to others of whatever real progress you make for yourself. You may also, perhaps, glimpse the reverse, and perceive how imposing additional limitations on yourself through inertia and indifference does likewise to others. This is for the automatic relationships.

"There enters also a semi-automatic relationship, as one might say. If the individual works out within himself his own portion of the group Impetus, he will in the process, by a universal law, have produced something which manifests that bit of development in the external world. It may be a concrete thing, or a bit of practical knowledge, or merely an externalized spiritual attitude. But whatever its form, it is there existent in an appropriatable shape for those who can reach out for it and utilize it. And whenever such an appropriation is made by another, not only does the utilization aid further in the solving of that group problem, but also in repercussion it renders stable the advancement of the one first attaining.

"One forgets that the building of one's self is but for the purpose of contributing one's self-contributing one's self COMPLETELY. That may sound out of reach, impractical, even undesirable. And maybe it is--for the present. Nevertheless it is an eventuality to be faced, for the things we hold back are what keep us from participation in the greater Whole."

Betty White and Stewart Edward White, With Folded Wings


1. Since we are ultimate beings as humans, we can surely know ultimate purpose.
True
False

2. The purpose of human evolution is to produce new forms through the survival of
the fittest.
True
False

3. One of the purposes of evolution in general is the development of the independent
individual.
True
False

4. A second purpose of evolution in general is the coordination of well-developed
individuals into a functioning unity.
True
False

5. Your responsibility as a component part of the greater whole is exclusively to
yourself.
True
False

6. Your responsibility as a component part of the greater whole is primarily to your
own development and secondarily that which you accomplish outside yourself.
True
False

7. If you see your responsibility as a component part of the greater whole as
primarily to your own development, this would not have to entail egomania.
True
False

8. You can effectively contribute to a cooperative community even though you don't
work to develop yourself.
True
False

9. As a component part of the greater whole, what you accomplish outside yourself is
secondary.
True
False

10. Placing primary emphasis on developing yourself will seem to many to be
selfishness.
True
False

11. You should, like a good Christian, place primary emphasis on what you
accomplish outside yourself in helping others.
True
False

12. As a human, you are a member of more than your family and your nation.
True
False

13. As a human, you are actually a member of the sum total of earthly incarnations.
True
False

14. Each generation has its own unique challenges and responsibilities.
True
False

15. Each generation's unique challenges and responsibilities share the characteristic of

being beyond the scope and power of individual solution.
True
False

16. Even though each generation's unique challenges are beyond the scope and power

of individual solution, they are still the individual's problem and responsibility.
True
False

17. If an individual works out the challenge of his own development, that doesn't

mean that he thereby works out, as much as an individual can, the group's
problem.
True
False

18. If an individual works out the challenge of his own development, that doesn't

mean that there is that much less responsibility to weigh upon the other group
members.
True
False

19. There is great value to others in whatever real progress you make in your own

development.
True
False

20. Failing to develop yourself imposes additional burdens and limitations on others.
True
False

21. If you work out your own development, you still haven't produced anything that

manifests in the external world.
True
False

22. What you work out in your own development can take any number of forms, such

as a bit of practical knowledge or merely an externalized spiritual attitude.
True
False

23. What you work out in your own development is actually merely theory and really

isn't anything that others can discover or utilize.
True
False

24. If others appropriate what you have achieved in your own development, it not

only helps solve the group's problem but also renders stable your own
development.
True
False

25. The building of one's self is merely for your own good and isn't for the purpose of

contributing yourself to group purpose.
True
False