The new disclosure calls for and inculcates a new kind of life, with new responsibilities, duties, and modes of being. A certain strictness becomes necessary, self-discipline, austerity, sacrifice, poverty, and so on. Superficially, and at a first glance, something of the “old order” appears to raise itself from the dead. Individuals groan at the prospect of going forward into such a terrain. Yet, modern life is, for want of a better description, “too fat”. It must shed weight if its lifestyle is to become conducive to health. Humanity must get used to the idea that it cannot have all things all of the time. In truth, coming to a new awareness for many of the current age will be very challenging.
All previous disclosures, both standard and non-standard, revealed the necessity of sacrifice in order to acquire a new understanding; the old must be sacrificed to obtain the new, for they cannot coexist in a stable relationship. All such sacrifice gave way to new forms of being and doing; in the old systems of belief and knowledge, such sacrifice took the form of an injunction, and formed a part of the law and covenant that governed the ancient society. Although modern humanity no longer has or shares the former understandings of sacrifice, neither has it embraced in any real way a more modern understanding of what is essentially a fundamental principle in the acquisition of awareness. In many ways, the exhortation and the injunctions of old remain: it resounds through history as a powerful reminder of the simple fact that lies behind all development. In this, historical sacrifice obtains its current symbolic power not merely as an invitation to renunciation, but as the necessary prerequisite for the fundamental progress upon which the situation of humanity depends. To ignore it or to deny its potent role in the unfolding life of the individual and community is to deny the very basis upon which that very life may progress. Where progress does not occur, i.e. where movement forward does not occur, only degradation occurs, for there is no such thing as motionlessness in terms of the development of the human being, and things can only either develop or degrade. Thus, the very real value and necessity of sacrifice becomes apparent.