The Roman empire

This text was given by an individual soul within the Council of Elders. I could see a man stepping forward from the circle and he reminded me of a Roman senator. He wore a white toga and seemed to be in his 60s. He gave an impression of having much life experience and insight into the political life of Rome. When I asked him who he was he showed me that he had been many things, in many incarnations, within the Roman empire, but he said “For now, just think of me as an old Roman”.


The Old Roman:
As you know there was a huge empire called the Roman empire. It stretched far, through time and space, many lands were included in this empire. It was a powerful empire, and those who rose to the top had enormous power to influence what happened through the part of history when the empire stood. It put a stamp on the peoples, the lands, that it created. It changed their way of thinking. It changed their way of interacting with each other. It shaped their societies in many ways. It was one of the empires throughout history that have streamlined people’s thinking, made people of many different backgrounds come together through shared ideology, shared principles, shared perceptions. Of course there have been other examples of this in other times and other places. When you streamline and organise people’s thinking you create an order, a powerful force, that can be directed towards a particular development. You can steer society in specific directions, because you have a huge ‘vessel’ consisting of the minds of so many. This can create many useful things. It can create a society that is orderly, structured, law abiding. It can create a great machinery of efficient production. It can create a community with little internal conflict.  It can be useful in many ways.

But this now belongs in the past. Humankind has had enough of these experiences, and it has also witnessed and felt the painful aspects of such a society to their full extent. You have experienced the suffering in many of these empires – most recently some of the more extreme examples have happened in Russia and in the Nazi regime, for instance.

As humanity is transcending the old patterns it is worth keeping in mind the history of such societies where thinking, ideas and values were organised from the top down – streamlined into a system that the individuals had to fit into. As you know, all these past empires have waned. By their very nature they cannot last, because their foundations are not – ultimately – sustainable.

How do you build a sustainable society? We would suggest a sustainable society is built on the respect for and value of each individual’s freedom – freedom to be their true selves, freedom to think, speak, promote their true values, freedom to live the way they choose. As you will see, a person who is truly free is the foundation for greatness – for respect, compassion, sharing, collaboration, kindness, understanding, contribution, community building. Where people are truly free, where they have a real choice and genuine opportunities, that is where a happy, joyful, creative, constructive, sustainable society can emerge. That is where the people itself will protect their society from destruction and corruption. Because they truly value it, because they live in freedom, because they will not let that disappear. They will grow and adapt their society to whatever happens, face the challenges together in wisdom.