People of the new culture will be distinguished by their patience. One important thing that is missing in many of the contemporary people is patience. Today, you may meet a few patient people. Most of the people bear only the shadow of patience that is, they bear misery, torment, suffering, but not patience itself. They stand the torment and the suffering of necessity, yet they think that they are patient. On the face of it, it really looks like they are patient, but internally they constantly murmur and they are constantly displeased.
Many of the contemporary people are displeased with the world and wonder why it has been created so incompatibly. If they were given the opportunity to create a new world, though, how would have they created it? If someone undertakes to create a new world, he would put his own person in the first place. Where would he put the rest of the people? Speaking about such a world, though, we must say, that everybody has already created such a world for himself everybody has already put his own self in the first place. What can be attained in a world, in which all the people are leaders, though? The world suffers from leaders. Two people argue for first place. Each one views things from his point of view as they are reflected in him. You say that no one proceeds well, because he did not treat you properly. This person might not have treated you properly, but do you know under what conditions he was?
You leave a man at night in a dark room and make him move around it without causing any damage. This is not possible. This man does not see and does not know the environment. As soon as he enters a dark room, he will immediately overturn a chair, or a table, push a book, or break a bottle. It is not possible for a man to walk on the mountain on a dark night without stumbling anywhere. What should a man do in order not to cause damage, though? While the night is dark, he should sit in one place and not move. Consequently, as you see, that two people are quarrelling, know that they are in a dark room full of furniture. They will inevitably crush and cause damage. If you say that someone is a good person, you will know that he lives within a settled world, where any clashes are excluded. Consequently, your goodness is not due to yourselves. If you see a beautiful statue, to whom will you credit the beauty: the sculptor, or the statue itself? The statue is publicity for the sculptor himself.
The Americans are very inventive in their advertisements. In the big cities, you often meet someone dressed in a kings mantle, with a crown on his head, walking with an air of importance and moving slowly like a tsar. From the outside he looks like a tsar indeed, yet no one pays any attention to him. Why? No one pays any attention to him because his back is plastered all over with various advertisements. American people are used to such kings, with backs plastered with advertisements for the other peoples inventions and gains. They are of no importance and do not deserve human interest.
What is essential in man? The essential thing in man is his life. Life should flow within man. The statue he made is a nice thing, but it is not alive. A man is more valuable than all the statues in the world, no matter how small and insignificant he is, because he has a soul, Spirit, mind, and heart. For this, man should be loved and honoured.
So, the first thing man needs, is patience. He should have such a consciousness, that with the gifts and talents given to him he should be able to overcome even the greatest difficulties without causing any damage. He should put each thing in its proper place. What will the people say about him if he appears in front of them dressed in a coat with the wrong side out? Within the realm of the mental world, the coat turned with the wrong side out symbolizes a twisted Virtue. Impatience is a twisted Virtue. The impatient person has turned patience with its wrong side out and appears with it before the people. In order to be patient, a person should stay at one and the same place. While he is in a dungeon, man should be patient. As soon as the darkness vanishes, his patience is no longer necessary. So, while there are hindrances in his way, man should be patient. As soon as the hindrances are removed, patience yields by itself. A man is already able to move. An impatient person moves in darkness, among hindrances, as a result he begins to feel discontent. Patience is for the reasonable people. A reasonable man first tests things, and then speaks about them. As he sees a fruit, he does not say if this fruit is good or bad, but eats it, digests it and observes what effect it has on him. If it makes his stomach and his brain feel good, then the fruit is good. If it introduces even the slightest disposition, then it is not good. Good fruit finds a place even within the human brain, within the great world of thought.
People that live in the world are extremely impatient. While in the invisible world, these people have caused great disturbances. In order that others can be free from them, they have sent them to the Earth, so that they might study and acquire patience. So, a man has descended to Earth to learn the law of patience. All the hardships and discomforts, which a person comes across, are an object teaching. Through them, he studies patience. In this sense these hardships and discomforts are in their proper places. For instance, a person suffers and is in torment, but someone else is delighted. Suffering for one is delight for another. Man eats an apple and he is delighted and feels good. If the apple had the consciousness of the human, it would have indispensably suffered. Human teeth are virtues for the apple, through which the human accepts this apple within himself as a guest. By eating the apple, man has to learn from it to be patient. He presses it, chews it, but it remains silent and does not say anything.
Patience is something great. Epictetus a famous Greek philosopher was a slave at a Roman patrician. The master used to treat his slaves in a rough and rude manner and punished them often. While he beat and tortured them, they shouted and grumbled. Epictetus was the only one to remain silent. Whatever his master did, however he treated him Epictetus remained silent and smiled. His behaviour irritated his master. He wondered at his character. Epictetus wanted to tell him, that he should not lose his self-control, because - though a notable patrician, - some day he might find himself in his place. One day the master got angry and began to press the leg of Epictetus. The latter looked at him mildly and said: master, the way you press my leg you might break it. If you do this, you will be the first to lose, because I will not be able to work for you. But the master kept on pressing his leg until he broke it. From this moment on the Roman patrician released Epictetus from his slavery, gave him a large amount of money and sent him to Greece, where Epictetus became famous as a notable philosopher. This is what we call patience.
What do contemporary people do if someone dares to press their leg? It is not necessary to press the leg of some contemporary person in order to test his patience. It is enough to just touch his coat and he will immediately turn towards you rudely and ask you why you are pushing and disturbing him. As regards patience - follow the philosophy of Epictetus. As regards patience follow the philosophy of the stones. You walk and sit on them, but they do not murmur. They have waited for thousands and millions of years and they will wait as much again until the day for their release comes.
What is the reason for human impatience? Some people are very impatient, because they lack stability of character. Without patience the human character is deprived of foundation. We consider such a man as a person lacking moral foundations. Human tenacity is a moral characteristic. In the Divine World, tenacity is a back guard of the person. They say that God is long-suffering. He bears a man with all his weaknesses and insufficiencies and looks for a way to turn them into something valuable.