The Artist-Philosopher at Work
|1.||1. The kingdom of heaven is within you. You are the son of God; and God is the son of man. God is a spirit--to be worshipped in spirit and in truth, and not an elderly gentleman to be bribed and begged from. We are members one of another; so that you cannot injure or help your neighbor without injuring or helping yourself. God is your Father: you are here to do God's work; and you and your father are one.|
|2.||2. Get rid of property by throwing it into the common stock. Dissociate your work entirely from money payments. If you let a child starve you are letting God starve. Get rid of all anxiety about tomorrow's dinner and clothes, because you cannot serve two masters: God and Mammon.|
|3.||3. Get rid of judges and punishment and revenge. Love your neighbor as yourself, he being a part of yourself. And love your enemies: they are your neighbors.|
|4.||4. Get rid of your family entanglements. Every mother you meet is as much your mother as the woman who bore you. Every man you meet is as much your brother as the man she bore after you. Don't waste your time at family funerals grieving for your relations: attend to life, not to death: there are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it, and better. In the kingdom of heaven, which, as aforesaid, is within you, there is no marriage nor giving in marriage, because you cannot devote your life to two divinities: God and the person you are married to.1|
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Publication information: Book title: George Bernard Shaw: Man of the Century. Contributors: Archibald Henderson - Author. Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1956. Page number: 592.
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