“Enq: All this is very well as a general principle, but how would you apply it in a concrete way?
Theo: Look for a moment at what you would call the concrete facts of human society. Contrast the lives not only of the masses of the people, but of many of those who who are called the middle and upper classes, with what they might be under healthier and nobler conditions, where justice, kindness, and love were paramount, instead of the selfishness, indifference, and brutality which now too often seem to reign supreme.
All good and evil things in humanity have their roots in human character, and this character is, and has been, conditioned by the endless chain of cause and effect. But this conditioning applies to the future as well as to the present and the past.
Selfishness, indifference, and brutality can never be the normal state of the race – to believe so would be to despair of humanity – and that no Theosophist can do. Progress can be attained, and only attained, by the development of the nobler qualities.
Now, true evolution teaches us that by altering the surroundings of the organism we can alter and improve the organism; and in the strictest sense this is true with regard to man.
Every Theosophist, therefore, is bound to do his utmost to help on, by all the means in his power, every wise and well-considered social effort which has for its object the amelioration of the condition of the poor.
Such efforts should be made with a view to their ultimate social emancipation, or the development of the sense of duty in those who now so often neglect it in nearly every relation of life.”
H. P. Blavatsky