1. As above, so below.
2. Within the human species there is great variation in physical and intellectual expressions. But this variation is not as significant as the variation in spiritual expressions.
3. This spiritual variation constitutes the true class hierarchy of the human race.
4. The Tard believes that class is a matter of material wealth. The Elementalist understands that class is a matter of spiritual wealth.
5. The lowest class is the peasant, representing lead.
6. Lead represents the base animal instincts that exist in all people before any spiritual development occurs. Humans at this level are indistinguishable from beasts.
7. People of lead kill, rape, steal and lie without any moral considerations. They justify anything and everything to themselves.
8. The next highest class is the reveller, representing tin.
9. Tin represents the will to enjoy one’s life at the expense of all other considerations. It is therefore a kind of extreme degeneracy.
10. People of tin are less criminal than people of lead but are liable to produce unwanted offspring and then abandon them. They are also likely to fall into poor health as a result of their indulgences.
11. The next highest class is the warrior, representing iron.
12. Iron represents the will to impose order upon the physical world. Unlike those in the lower two classes, the people of iron are capable of preventing the suffering of others. But unless they are guided by those of a higher class, those of iron are also capable of causing more suffering than either people of lead or tin.
13. People of iron are capable of protecting others with their physical courage, but are also liable to spread fear and suffering with unchecked wrath.
14. The next highest class is the romancer, representing copper.
15. Copper represents the will to make love. This is different to, and superior to, the mere sexual indulgence of the people of tin. The will to make love is the beginning of spiritual insight.
16. People of copper are capable of bringing great joy to others with their lovemaking skills, but are also capable of provoking unrequited lusts and resentments.
17. The next highest class is the socialite, representing silver.
18. Silver represents the will to interact harmoniously with others. As such, the socialite brings peace and good cheer, but cannot alleviate the spiritual suffering of his fellows.
19. People of silver bring a small amount of divine light into the world.
20. The next highest class is the scientist, representing mercury.
21. Mercury represents the will to understand the truth about the physical world. This makes it possible for the scientist to greatly alleviate the material suffering of his fellows.
22. People of mercury bring a moderate amount of divine light into the world.
23. The highest class of all is the philosopher, representing gold.
24. Gold represents the will to understand the truth about the metaphysical world. This makes it possible for the philosopher to greatly alleviate the spiritual suffering of his fellows.
25. People of gold bring a large amount of divine light into the world. They are often resented by the profane on account of that this light reveals the weaknesses in others.
26. The Elementalist class hierarchy is not one of wealth, power or privilege.
27. The Elementalist class hierarchy is one of spiritual rectitude.
28. The Elementalist will praise and respect people based on their spiritual rectitude, and not on their wealth, power or privilege.
This chapter is an excerpt from Elemental Elementalism, the foundational scripture of the new religion of the Age of Aquarius.
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