“Enq: When would you consider such due not given?
Theo: When there is the slightest invasion of another’s right – be that other a man or a nation; when there is any failure to show him the same justice, kindness, consideration or mercy which we desire for ourselves.
The whole present system of politics is built on the oblivion of such rights, and the most fierce assertion of national selfishness.
The French say: “Like master, like man”; they ought to add, “Like national policy, like citizen.”
Enq: Do you take any part in politics?
Theo: As a society, we carefully avoid them, for the reasons given below. To seek to achieve political reforms before we have effected a reform in human nature, is like putting new wine into old bottles.
Make men feel and recognize in their innermost hearts what is their real, true duty to all men, and every old abuse of power, every iniquitous law in the national policy, based on human, social or political selfishness, will disappear of itself.
Foolish is the gardener who seeks to weed his flower-bed of poisonous plants by cutting them off from the surface of the soil, instead of tearing them out by the roots.
No lasting political reform can ever be achieved with the same selfish men at the head of affairs as of old.”
H. P. Blavatsky