Carlos Cardoso Aveline

The Emergence of Responsibility

Century after century, human beings slowly carry with them the heavy cross of mutual disrespect.

Childish souls are subconsciously attached to the process of suffering. The habit of ignorance strengthens the ill-will among nations and individuals. Rancor and resentment stimulate falsity, anti-Semitism, racism, terrorism, anti-Zionism, wars great and small and nuclear proliferation.

There is no actual need for so many forms of blindness. The thoughtless process of sadomasochism – transmitted from one generation to the other – can be left aside.

Looking at the sickness, I see the healing. It is correct to accept the present moment of human evolution, since failures bring about sacred and bright lessons. The rebirth or rebuilding, however, must emerge in the individual universe.

It is up to me to act in a constructive way before Karma – or Destiny.

The first duty of a responsible individual is not to get hypnotized by moral disasters that are not his own, even if they are collective and if they look like powerful.

The second task is to start building by his own decision that which is good, beautiful and true. Small “invisible” actions expressing one’s respect for life will make the difference. Every seed is small when compared to an adult tree. If there is perseverance, one’s allies and helpers become visible in the right time and the project expands. Conscious beings are the silent architects and builders of human future. One should follow the advice from the Pirke Avoth:

“Love work, and avoid holding any domineering position”. [1]

May I strengthen therefore in my consciousness the feeling of sincere peace.

May I do good according to my possibilities.

May I leave to Universal Law the task of taking care of the rest.

Om, shanti.



[1] “Ethics from Sinai”, an eclectic, wide-ranging commentary on Pirke Avoth, by Irving M. Bunim, 3-volume edition, Philipp  Feldheim, Inc., New York, copyright 1964, see volume I, Perek I, Mishnah 10, pp. 74-75.


About the Author
Born in Brazil in 1952, Carlos Cardoso Aveline is a journalist by profession and author of the book “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature”. He has other works published on esoteric philosophy and ecology. The editor of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, Cardoso Aveline thinks Judaism, Jewish philosophy and Israel have important roles to play in the ethical rebirth the world needs in the present century. He lives in Portugal and directs the Library and Research Center of the Independent Lodge of Theosophists, whose associated websites include and www.HelenaBlavatsky.Org .