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SCIENCE CONSECRATED AS SOURCE OF UNIVERSAL RELIGION -- The study of Humanity therefore, directly or indirectly, is for the future the permanent aim of Science; and Science is now in a true sense consecrated, as the source from which the universal religion receives its principles. It reveals to us not merely the nature and conditions of the Great Being, but also its destiny and the successive phases of its growth. SPP, Vol. III, P. 271.
SCIENCE SUBJECT TO RELIGION OF HUMANITY -- Science in the Middle Ages was essentially subject to the religion of God. Reason and morality now call for its far completer subjection to the religion of Humanity. SPP, Vol. III., Appendix P. 601.
11. PROMOTE GLOBAL INTEGRATION
UNIVERSAL CHURCH -- Positivism now returns to the undertaking with a suitable doctrine and favourable conditions, so as to be in a position at last to found the true universal Church. Its social work must at first be confined to the populations of the West and their offshoots; but its creed is so complete and so real, that it is equally fit to be extended to all parts of the planet. SPP Vol. II., P. 251
INTEGRATION OF RACES -- Such are then our three necessary races, (Note: white, yellow, and black), each of which is superior to the other two, either in intelligence, or in activity, or in feeling, as all sound observations combine to show. This final judgment should turn them from all mutual contempt, and make them all equally see the power there lies in their close union, to complete the constitution of the true Great Being.
When our labours shall have made our planet uniformly healthy, these organic distinctions will tend to disappear, by virtue even of their natural origin, and especially of proper intermarriages. The increasing fusion of the races will, under the systematic direction of the universal priesthood, procure us the most precious of all improvements, that which concerns our cerebral constitution as a whole, thus become more apt to think, to act, and even to love. CPR, 254
COMPLETE UNITY -- The general results of the last volume may be thus summed up;--the normal type of Human Existence is one of complete unity. All progress therefore, whether of the individual or of the race, consists in developing and consolidating that unity. SPP, Vol. III., P. 8.
12. INVEST POLITICAL POWER IN WEALTHY AND INDUSTRY LEADERS
POLITICAL POWER TO INDUSTRY LEADERS -- In a settled state of society, Government, strictly so called, is a mere extension of civil influence. Ultimately, therefore, political power will fall into the hands of the great leaders of industry. Unworthy as they seem of it at present, they will gradually become less so as spiritual reorganisation proceeds; and besides, the tenure of power will become less burdensome, because it will be confined to duties of a purely practical kind. SPP Vol. I, P. 160.
CAPITALIST POWER -- it is clear that working men, whose minds and hearts are peculiarly accessible to moral influence are for the present best qualified for political power. No check meantime is placed on the action of the capitalists; and this provisional policy prepares the way for their ultimate accession to power... SPP, Vol. I., P. 308.
CONCENTRATION OF CAPITAL -- The chief triumph of our species rests necessarily on the gradual substitution of the social for the personal character in the whole of our practical existence; the instrument by which it is effected being the steady concentration of Capital. SPP, Vol II, P. 143.
RULING FAMILIES -- Although individual eminence, be it physical, intellectual, or still more moral, forms the starting point of all temporal authority, superiority becomes permanent and complete only in those families which are capable of supporting others, by means of an adequate accumulation of capital. This material condition alone can dispose those who fill a dependent position to a habit of submission, a feeling which is soon ennobled by veneration. At the same time, the ruling families then satisfy their instincts for power, and this is gradually softened by goodness, when protection is duly appreciated on both sides. SPP, Vol. II., P. 145.
SEPARATION OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIESTHOOD -- A permanent and complete union, however, between peoples can never be secured but by a general devotion to Industrial activity, which will bring about in all countries a sense of willing cooperation with each other. Industrial competition too often leads to bitter rivalries; but the Priesthood will succeed in transforming these into a useful spirit of emulation. Under this system, the bond between citizens, like the love within the home, will foster of itself a true affection for society, without trenching on the Religious sense of harmony, for which these sentiments will form the final moral training. Were the spirit of Patriotism trained to aspire after grand nationalities, it would induce the coarser minds to attempt schemes of oppression, that they might everywhere realise a form of State centralisation and political bureaucracy far beyond the degree natural to free civic union. The principle, however, of separation between Government and Priesthood will naturally prevent these sources of disturbance, whenever the Positive Religion has obtained sufficient influence. SPP, Vol. II, P. 305
CAPITAL ACCUMULATION -- The new Priesthood, independent alike of the Proletariat and of the Patriciat, will invest with a sacred duty the essential function of the holders of Wealth, the true administrators of which will become the agents of that material Providence which the Great Being extends to all its servants. This Subjective consecration of Capital will be more respected, and the discipline it imposes will be more effective, when the Temporal chiefs are at once more powerful and fewer in number than they are in our present confusion, so that their work in society may be better performed. . .The masses of the People however, as well as Women, are really free from any designs on Property, at least in towns; and these feel, as do the small band of true Philosophers, that the service of the community requires great accumulations of Capital, as well as independence in its employment. SPP, Vol. II. P. 329.
INDUSTRIAL CHIEFS -- In this capital operation, the Positive religion will put out its power as a social system, by disciplining at once command and obedience, as both equally consecrated to the service of the 'Great Being, the highest functions of which have as their basis industrial action. The industrial chiefs are the representatives of Humanity, in the sense of being indispensable as the ministers of its material providence; the condensation they offer being the condition of its right exertion. Individually they may use amiss the wealth committed to their charge, but they do not therefore lose their sacred character, unless the abuse be in degree such as to endanger the conservation of the capital of the race. SPP, Vol. IV., P. 53.
ELIMINATION OF MIDDLE CLASSES -- For this industrial hierarchy to have social efficiency it is presupposed that the patriciate is so far concentrated that each patrician administers all that he can really superintend, so to lessen as much as possible the expenses of management and the better to ensure responsibility. . . Our existing disorders are most aggravated by the jealous ambition of the smaller capitalists and their blind contempt of the people. When the conduct of this class shall be in sufficient degree regenerated, under the joint stimulus of circumstances and convictions, its heads will be absorbed into the patriciate and its mass into the proletariat, so doing away with the middle classes properly so called. CPR, P. 237.
13. ESTABLISH CITIES AS CENTERS OF OPERATION
CITIES AS IMMEDIATE ORGANS OF THE GREAT BEING -- Whilst the great human organism was without any spiritual unity, the need of binding together the various states which made up the whole, gave extravagant dimensions to political societies. The foundation of a universal Church will enable the gradual reduction of these huge and temporary agglomerations of men to that natural limit, where the State can exist without tyranny. I have, for this reason, treated mere Cities, along with the tracts of country which voluntarily adhere to them, as the immediate organs of the Great Being. SPP VOL. II., P251.
ORGANS OF GREAT BEING MUST BE CITIES -- The Fatherland establishes a relation between the soil and social order; and thus the organs of the Great Being can only be cities, the root of the word being the nucleus of the term civilisation. Cities are, in truth, themselves beings; so organically complete that, as each is capable of separate life, it instinctively aspires to become the centre of the vast organism of Humanity. SPP, Vol. II., P. 240.
STATES MAY BE NEGLECTED -- Between the City, uniting man and his dwelling-place, and the full development of the Great Being around a fitting centre, a number of intermediate forms of association may be found, under the general name of States. But all these forms, differing only in extent and in permanence, may be neglected as undefined. SPP Vol. II, 241.
LIMITS OF STATES -- In fixing the natural limits of States in the last volume, I shall show that they need not ultimately exceed that of cities along with the country tract which freely adheres to them. SPP,Vol. II., P. 262.
PRESSURE ON CITIES -- When the Great Being is fully established throughout the human Planet, each City will be constantly subject to the pressure of authority from all preceding generations, and that not from the immediate local predecessors but from the entire human race. SPP VOL. II., 295.
PARIS AS THE GENERAL METROPOLIS -- In all parts of the earth, then the temples of Humanity must turn towards the general metropolis, which for a long time, as the result of the whole past, must be Paris. CPR P. 99.
14. REPLACE CONSTITUTION WITH WORLD MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
EXISTING SYSTEMS MUST BE DESTROYED -- Whatever is now systematized must be destroyed: and whatever is not systematized and therefore has vitality, must occasion collisions which we are not yet able accurately to foresee or adequately restrain. This will be the test of the positive philosophy, and at the same time the stimulus to its social ascendancy. Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte, Vol. 6 P. 411,412.
CENTRAL POWER -- Positivists have little hesitation in siding in almost all cases with the central as against the local power. SPP., Vol. I. P. 98.
TOTAL SYSTEMATIZATION -- In the final state the complete systematisation of all the powers of man already developed is the chief object of all forethought, whether speculative or practical SPP Vol. II, P. 148.
ELEMENTS OF COLLECTIVE FORCE -- We must properly distinguish three social powers, respectively based on the three necessary elements of collective force, in spontaneous relation with the three essential sides of our cerebral nature. Of these three, the Material is vested in the great and wealthy, the Intellectual in the wise and in priests, the Moral in women; the three representing a basis of Force, Reason, and Affection. SPP, Vol. II, P. 255.
UNITY IS PROGRESS -- The general results of the last volume may be thus summed up;--the normal type of Human Existence is one of complete unity. All progress therefore, whether of the individual or of the race, consists in developing and consolidating that unity. SPP Vol. III., P. 8.
HIGH PRIEST OF HUMANITY -- Thus, the sixty republics of the regenerated West will have no other habitual bond than a common education, community of manners and customs, and common festivals. In a word, their union will be religious and not political; allowing for the historical relations resulting from previous aggregations, and soon to disappear in the new connection, unless when they rest on community of language. The High Priest of Humanity will be, more truly than any medieval pope, the only really Western Chief. CPR, 248.
PRINCIPLE IS GENERAL UNITY -- The Great Being in its full prime, will take possession of its domain, the Earth, marking its proprietorship by effecting all the improvements compatible with the order of the whole, in accordance with the principle that particular action must in all cases be subordinate to the general unity. SPP Vol. IV. P. 54.
COMTE'S PLAN -- We know that Comte's picture of the future in which he fervently believed, included an elaborate reorganization especially of religion, education and social life. There was to be a new Spiritual Power, with priests completely trained in science and having control both of education and public health. The banks were to be the chief authority in the temporal sphere and the Western Republic, of France, England, Italy, Germany and Spain was to be the standard-bearer of civilization for the planet. Comte the Founder of Sociology By F.S. Marvin; Russel & Russel, New York 1965; First published 1936, Chapman & Hall Ltd. P. 138.
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