My maternal grandfather used the phrase “walking in high cotton” to describe being in the presence of distinguished individuals. I am thankful to have made the acquaintance of Melor Georgievich Sturua a few years before he left this world in June of 2021. It was just one of those things. An obituary can be found in Izvestia, for which he wrote for many years. Many Russian readers “discovered America” by way of his writing.
How much is really necessary?
There is a particular conversation with him I wish to share. I’m not exactly sure how this came up, but I asked him
“America has 330 million people. India has 1,366 million people. China has 1,398 million people. What will happen if the people of India and China consume as much resources per capita as the people of America?”
He answered without a blink, and without missing a beat.
Some research in this area has already been undertaken. One particular result is the amount of global energy consumption per capita consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C. This figure is 27 Gigajoules per person, or 7500 kilowatt-hours. How does this compare with what we are currently using? It’s a lot less.
How much is really necessary? What is the level of certainty on that red line? I don’t know if these results are true or not. But the researchers report that no nation on earth meets the needs of its citizens, and stays under the 27 Gj per capita energy budget. The world as a whole consumes almost three times that figure. All I know is that if the above figure is true, everyone faces difficult choices in the years to come.
The following is the 67th paragraph of this teaching. I will add my experience of each paragraph in brackets.
At the beginning, you will be afraid. We understand. It is natural; it is normal. We are not expecting you to be all knowing and all powerful, but We are asking you to become responsible. You will have to move beyond your fear, and you will, if you proceed.
[ I can imagine that people will be greatly afraid as the Great Waves of Change keep arriving on our shores. There are 12 different steps scattered throughout the 365 steps of Steps to Knowledge that address the subject of fear.]
God has sent a preparation to engage with the power of Knowledge within yourself, presented in such a way that it can be translated throughout the world in the simplest possible terms, but with the greatest depth you can imagine—a preparation sent from God. That has never happened in the world before.
[Steps to Knowledge is that preparation. It has been translated into 18 different languages, and is in progress in 10 additional languages. The readability level of Steps to Knowledge is roughly that of a high school freshman. This has made it relatively easy to translate into the languages of the world.]
Preparations have been created and invented, but something direct from God? God would not respond unless the world and humanity were in great danger.
[ I do not claim to have even scratched the surface of what Steps to Knowledge offers to people. I hope and believe that my efforts will make it easier for future students to demonstrate the power of Knowledge.]
Nothing else will make you strong. Nothing else will make you whole. Nothing else will make you competent. Nothing else will engage you in meaningful relationships. Nothing else will unite you with others and heal the wounds of Separation between peoples and nations and cultures and religions, but to face these things We speak of here today and to receive a Revelation that is the next great step in God’s preparation for this world, given at a time of the most profound need and difficulty.
The Messenger will go forth and speak of these things, as he has done before. He will speak to your heart, but he will also speak to your strength. He will reassure you that there is no condemnation in God, no Hell and damnation in God, for that is a human creation.
[ The Messenger is in the world. The Messenger entered the world in the usual way in 1949. The Messenger is the man Marshall Vian Summers. It took a long time before he declared as the Messenger by his Message. Some people will look at world events and believe God is judging the world. But God is only the witness. ]
But you are living in a hellish state, and God’s Plan is to rescue you from this by giving you important things to do in the world—things that are needed, not simply things that would make you feel good in the moment; things that are required; things that will make a real difference.
[ What is the power of Knowledge? The power to look at the world with eyes unclouded by longing, unclouded by terror. It is the ability to respond to inner inspiration instead of social conditioning. A capacity of responding to a situation unhindered by persuasion or discouragement. To do things that will make a real difference. Oh, how I long for this power! I long to be a worthy vessel of Knowledge. ]
Out of all the songs written in 1900, two particularly stand out. “We Shall Overcome” and “Lift Every Voice And Sing.” Francis Scott Key is more famous for the Star-Spangled Banner than anything else he did. I believe James Weldon Johnson is more famous for “Lift Every Voice And Sing” than anything else he did. James Weldon Johnson writes of his feelings and how this song spread.
“A group of young men in Jacksonville, Florida, arranged to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday in 1900. My brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, and I decided to write a song to be sung at the exercises. I wrote the words and he wrote the music. Our New York publisher, Edward B. Marks, made mimeographed copies for us, and the song was taught to and sung by a chorus of five hundred colored school children.
Shortly afterwards my brother and I moved away from Jacksonville to New York, and the song passed out of our minds. But the school children of Jacksonville kept singing it; they went off to other schools and sang it; they became teachers and taught it to other children. Within twenty years it was being sung over the South and in some other parts of the country. Today the song, popularly known as the Negro National Hymn, is quite generally used.
The lines of this song repay me in an elation, almost of exquisite anguish, whenever I hear them sung by Negro children.”
Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise High as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us. Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, Till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; Thou who hast by Thy might Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee, Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand, May we forever stand. True to our God, True to our native land.
Oh, if only the Johnson brothers could have seen Alicia Keys perform this song as the prelude to Super Bowl LV. I’m told that 96 million viewers watched this. What elation would they feel!
American poet Langston Hughes, writing of the song “Gospel Plow,” wrote:
A long time ago, An enslaved people heading toward freedom Made up a song: Keep Your Hand On The Plow! Hold On!
All I know is that “Lift Every Voice And Sing” is a song that has stood the test of time. If anyone is singing a song to sing on the road to freedom, they are my comrade. And when the anthem of the human family arrives, it will bring the same elation as “Lift Every Voice And Sing.”
The following is the 60th paragraph of this teaching. I will add my experience of each paragraph in brackets.
You stand at the next decade—a decade of tumultuous change, a decade of evolution, evolutionary change, not just personal change, not just political change—evolutionary change. [It will] change the outcome for everyone. Succeed or fail, [this is a] pivotal time in human history, perhaps the most ever.
[This revelation was received on December 31, 2019, the eve of a new decade. The words in brackets have been added by Marshall Vian Summers for clarification. While many people recognize the changes in the world, not many people recognize the evolutionary change. Can you think of the importance of your presence in the world?]
One nation will not succeed if other nations fail. You will have to unite in some kind of functional form to begin to tackle the great problems that you are facing now. Fail to do this, and the hour will become too late and calamity will grow.
[China won’t succeed if America fails. America won’t succeed if India fails. Your nation won’t succeed if their nation fails. Where will the refugees go when a nation fails? Who will provide for them?]
We will not tell you what this will look like because you do not yet have the strength to hear it. But what We offer you is the way out of this greater dilemma, not because someone is going to come and rescue you, not because some foreign power is going to come and rescue you—the foreign power is your problem, not your solution—not because some great saint or sage is going to come and lead humanity out of its great predicament. It is a Calling for people all around the world to respond.
[This teaching has already rebuked those who look to extraterrestrials for humanity’s deliverance. There are people who sincerely believe in the coming of some extraordinary figure. The Savior, the Maitreya, The Imam. But what if they don’t come? What then?American band The Eagles wrote in the song “The Last Resort,”
Who will provide the grand design? What is yours and what is mine? ‘Cause there is no more new frontier We have got to make it here.
Humanity needs a lot of everyday people to respond and prepare. The word Calling has been capitalized by Marshall Vian Summers.]
Be you of any religion, any nation, any culture, any station in life, be you man or woman, child or adolescent, this is a Calling to go far and wide. Who will take it far and wide? Who will honor the Messenger who has been sent into the world from the Angelic Assembly to bring it here at this great pivotal turning point?
[Do I dare to say “I will?” This message is a small part of the New Message from God. There is a New Message from God in the world. It has come from the Creator of all life. Marshall Vian Summers is its Messenger. This blog post is part of my effort to take this Calling far and wide.]
This is a confrontation with reality We are giving you here today. Argue with it. Deny it. Pretend it is not so, and you will fail.
[“You” means “humanity.” “fail” means “become extinct or enslaved and exploited by foreign powers.”]
So who amongst you will succeed? Who amongst you will respond? Who amongst you will take a path of preparation not of your own making to face a world beyond your comprehension and beyond what you are used to?
[Do I dare to say “I will?” The path of preparation they offer is Steps to Knowledge. I freely admit that I wasn’t thinking of a moment like this when I started practicing Steps to Knowledge. But anyone who practices Steps to Knowledge will be led into a life of necessity and away from a life of casual choices.]
This next decade will be very decisive. It will not be completely decisive, but it will be very decisive. If you continue in your current ways, with little change in direction, then the consequences upon the peoples of this world will be far greater than they are today, so great that even nations will not be able to handle the difficulties of their own populations, even in the rich countries.
[ One nation won’t succeed if others fail. Not enough people are responding and preparing. Will you?]
But the report summary mentioned that 144 incidents in the past 16 years. The report says “These reports describe incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2021, with the majority coming in the last two years as the new reporting mechanism became better known to the military aviation community.” I believe they are referring to the 2019 guidelines for reporting UAP. There were a great many more UAP incidents than publicly admitted. The incidents were not evenly distributed over the past 16 years. This is an ongoing situation.
The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) categorized 143 incidents as “unexplained.” Many people found this highly unsatisfying. There was some material in the report as to why this might be the case. Sensors are designed for specific purposes, and thus are not well suited for unknown objects. However, 80 incidents involved observation with multiple sensors (radar, infrared, electro-optical, weapon seekers, and visual observation). This gave the UAPTF a certain degree of confidence that the objects detected were physical objects.
In 18 incidents, the UAP demonstrated advanced technology including standing still in the sky, demonstrating remarkable acceleration, and being detected in some ways but undetected in others. The UAP report referred to this as “signature management.” Therefore, the 2004 Tic-Tac encounter and the 2015 USS Roosevelt events were not single events. Do we really not know?
The UAP report neither confirmed nor contradicted the teachings of the New Message from God. But there are objects in our skies that we can neither identify nor intercept. There are many people who testify to being taken against their will. A gentleman on Twitter said, “They’re real. We don’t make them. Neither does Russia or China. Do the math.” Do we really not know?
The following is the 54th paragraph of this teaching. I will add my experience of each paragraph in brackets.
You would never know these things. You would never know who is in your world and what gives them power and what are their weaknesses or where they came from or why they are here or how they operate. You would take a fanciful view, a preferential view. “Oh, it must be for our benefit. They’re going to bring us gifts of technology. They’re going to help us solve our problems here on Earth. They’re going to be our friends. They’re going to be our saviors.” Oh, such stupidity. Tragic it is. Predictable, yes, but tragic nonetheless.
[ The previous paragraph is “If you rise and unite, humanity will become a strong race, an independent race, in such a way that this independence can be protected and preserved. Only the New Message describes why this is the case and what it really means.” Therefore, I consider “You would never know these things” to mean “Without the New Message, you would never know how human sovereignty can be protected and preserved.” There are people in the world who believe extraterrestrials are in our world for the benefit of humanity. There were Native Americans who believed the European settlers were in North America for their benefit.]
You have no idea what you are facing or the strength that you carry to respond to it. Do not believe in your weakness or the weakness of others, for you must believe in your strength. You must wake up to this. Become sober. Become realistic. Become responsive. Become constructive. You cannot simply be a bunch of whining babies about the way the world is going. That will do nothing for you or anyone else.
[ “The strength that you carry” is the strength of Knowledge, the strength of certainty, the strength of determination that a noble cause must prevail. I have to challenge my beliefs in my weakness. I must challenge my beliefs in your weakness.]
I must speak to you like this because the hour is late and humanity is not responding sufficiently. I must speak to you like this because I respect who you are, even though you do not know who you are. You think you are some person wandering in the world, but who you are is someone sent here to play a part in something of the greatest importance for the future of this world and the future of humanity.
[ It is uncommon for the voice of revelation in the teachings of the New Message from God to use pronouns. It is rare when both “I” and “we” are used in the same teaching. But there is a crying out to whoever hears these words to awaken, respond and prepare.]
You do not know what this means yet. You do not know what this will look like yet, of course not. You have hardly begun this journey. How would you know where it takes you, what it will look like?
You will see people around you going into denial, or making fun of this, or thinking it is ridiculous, or thinking it is like something else, or disagreeing vehemently, or saying you must believe in a great saint or savior and that is all you need to do.
[ People base their beliefs on what they hope for, not what they experience. People believe things to gain social rewards. Sitting with the cool kids. Being the leader of the pack. Receiving the lion’s share of the group’s resources.]
This is the weakness of humanity. This is what the Intervention is counting on. It thinks you are weak and divided and pathetic. It needs you because it cannot live in this world. It has no regard for you at all. It will seduce you if it can. It will discourage you if it cannot seduce you. That is its power. That is what it employs.
[ H. G. Wells was right after all when he wrote “The War of the Worlds.” The Martians in his story couldn’t live in our world. The extraterrestrial Intervention thinks of us they way we think of farm animals. Resources to be used. They think you are weak divided pathetic. ]
Once upon a time there was a rich merchant who lived in Baghdad. He had a substantial house, large and small properties and dhows which sailed to the Indies with rich cargoes. He had gained these things partly through inheritance, partly through his own efforts, exercised at the right time and place, partly through the benevolent advice and direction of the King of the West, as the Sultan of Cordoba was called at that time.
Then something went wrong. A cruel oppressor seized the land and houses. Ships which had gone to the Indies foundered in typhoons, disaster struck his house and his family. Even his close friends seemed to have lost their power to be in a true harmony with him, although both he and they wanted to have the right kind of social relationship.
The merchant decided to journey to Spain to see his former patron, and he set off across the Western Desert. On the way one accident after another overtook him. His donkey died; he was captured by bandits and sold into slavery, from which he escaped only with the greatest difficulty; his face was tanned by the sun until it was like leather; rough villagers drove him away from their doors. Here and there a dervish gave him a morsel of food and a rag to cover himself. Sometimes he was able to scoop a little fresh water from a pool, but more often than not it was brackish.
[We are not told of the route the merchant took from Baghdad. Perhaps he traveled along the southern Mediterranean coast. But suffice it to say that it was a difficult journey. I imagine that after a difficult day’s travel, as he drifted off to sleep, he consoled himself. He would think how the future benevolence of the King of the West would make it all worth while. Say what you will about the man whose time was wrong. He was most assuredly determined.]
Ultimately he reached the entrance of the palace of the King of the West.
Even here he had the greatest difficulty in gaining entry. Soldiers pushed him away with the hafts of their spears, chamberlains refused to talk to him. He was put to work as a minor employee at the Court until he could earn enough to buy a dress suitable to wear when applying to the Master of Ceremonies for admission to the Royal Presence.
But he remembered that he was near to the presence of the king, and the recollection of the Sultan’s kindness to him long ago was still in his mind. Because, however, he had been so long in his state of poverty and distress, his manners had suffered, and the Master of Ceremonies decided that he would have to take a course in behaviour and self-discipline before he could allow him to be presented at Court.
All this the merchant endured until, three years after he quit Baghdad, he was shown into the audience hall.
The king recognized him at once, asked him how he was, and bade him sit in a place of honour beside him.
‘Your Majesty,’ said the merchant, ‘I have suffered most terribly these past years. My lands were usurped, my patrimony expropriated, my ships were lost and with them all my capital. For three years I have battled against hunger, bandits, the desert, people whose language I did not understand. Here I am, to throw myself upon Your Majesty’s mercy.’
The king turned to the Chamberlain. ‘Give him a hundred sheep, make him a Royal Shepherd, send him up yonder mountain, and let him get on with his work.’
Slightly subdued because the king’s generosity seemed less than he had hoped for, the merchant withdrew, after the customary salutation.
[ I consider the man whose time was wrong to be inadequately prepared on the inside. His expectations of the king’s generosity were too high.]
No sooner had he reached the scanty pasturage with his sheep than a plague struck them, and they all died. He returned to the Court.
‘How are your sheep?’ asked the king.
‘Your Majesty, they died as soon as I got them to their pasture.’
The king made a sign and decreed: ‘Give this man fifty sheep, and let him tend them until further notice.’
Feeling ashamed and distraught, the shepherd took the fifty animals to the mountainside. They started to nibble the grass well enough, but suddenly a couple of wild dogs appeared and chased them over a precipice and they were all killed.
The merchant, greatly sorrowing, returned to the king and told him his story.
‘Very well,’ said the king, ‘you may now take twenty-five sheep and continue as before.’
With almost no hope left in his heart, and feeling distraught beyond measure because he did not feel himself to be a shepherd in any sense of the word, the merchant took his sheep to their pasture. As soon as he got them there he found that the ewes all gave birth to twins, nearly doubling his flock. Then, again, twins were born. These new sheep were fat and well-fleeced and made excellent eating. The merchant found that, by selling some of the sheep and buying others, the ones which he bought, at first so skimpy and small, grew strong and healthy, and resembled the amazing new breed which he was rearing. After three years he was able to return to the Court, splendidly attired, with his report of the way in which the sheep had prospered during his stewardship. He was immediately admitted to the presence of the king.
‘Are you now a successful shepherd?’ the monarch asked. ‘Yes indeed, Your Majesty. In an incomprehensible way my luck turned and I can say that nothing has gone wrong—although I still have little taste for raising sheep.’
‘Very well,’ said the king. ‘Yonder is the kingdom of Seville,whose throne is in my gift. Go, and let it be known that I make you king of Seville.’ And he touched him on the shoulder with the ceremonial axe.
The merchant could not restrain himself and burst out: ‘But why did you not make me a king when I first came to you? Were you testing my patience, already stretched almost to breaking point? Or was this to teach me something?’
The king laughed. ‘Let us just say that, on that day when you took the hundred sheep up the mountain and lost them, had you taken control of the kingdom of Seville, there would not have been one stone standing on top of another there today.’
[ The man whose time was wrong learned his lesson. He used his experience to succeed as a royal shepherd. I believe he ruled the kingdom of Seville wisely, and that the kingdom prospered under his rule. The story mentioned the word “luck,” but I’m not buying it. I don’t believe the king bought it. In the New Message from God, we have a great disbelief in luck. We have a great belief in preparation. We believe people have come to the world to serve a greater purpose. But there is a great deal of preparation necessary for it to be revealed. The merchant wasn’t ready to be the king of Seville. The king knew full well that the man whose time was wrong was ready to be the king of Seville. I am in preparation for a stronger iteration of the purpose for which I came to the world. I don’t claim to be ready yet. I claim to be working on it.]
The following is the 47th paragraph of this teaching. I will add my experience of each paragraph in brackets.
There are those responding at this moment, but their numbers are very small. There are those who are awakening at this time, but their numbers are very small. This is a Calling for every person who can respond. And for those who cannot respond, they will have to face the consequences of living in a new world reality.
[I concur that the numbers of people responding to this message are very small. The numbers of people awakening to the situation described here are very small. Those who cannot respond will face an increasingly difficult world.]
If humanity cannot respond sufficiently, if enough people cannot respond, then the human family will fall prey to domination by other forces, who are already planting the seeds of dissension amongst you and even within you, within certain people. This is their great opportunity to intervene while humanity is unwary, while humanity is irresponsible, while humanity is obsessed with its own conflicts and ridiculous pursuits.
[If humanity cannot respond to the consequences of its actions, it will be vulnerable to extraterrestrial manipulation. This persuasion will be cloaked in benevolence. This seduction will take advantage of human ignorance of the Greater Community and its realities.]
You do not realize how valuable this world is in a universe of barren planets. You do not realize what you are facing. So only God can reveal these things to you. If you cannot accept this, then you will be lost in this world—lost in confusion, lost in travail, lost in hostility and rebellion.
[How many trees are there in the universe? So many things have to go right for this. Our world is seen by foreign space-faring nations as a resource-rich environment. A rare gem in a universe of barren worlds.]
Already your political governments are failing, breaking apart, your nations divided between extremists who try to lead their countries, not realizing that nations will have to unite, practically and fundamentally, to be able to deal with the consequences of what We speak of here today. Instead of breaking apart, you should be uniting—not because it is a good thing to do, but because it is the only thing to do.
[I realize this is a hard thing to contemplate. People have strong attachments to their ethnicity, their nationality and their religion. But there is a truth that is stronger than these attachments. A united humanity may succeed, but a divided humanity will fail. And by “fail” I mean “either become extinct or lose its freedom.”]
Those who say, “Oh, this is too much. This is too extreme. This cannot happen. Things will not turn out like that!” These are people who are too weak to respond. They are too given to their own priorities and obsessions. They do not have the inner strength to face something like this, even though the signs of the world are being presented to them with each passing day.
This is the evolution of humanity. Evolution has painful thresholds within it. The world did not become the paradise it is today through graceful change alone, but through convulsive change—great extinctions, great alteration of the climate, convulsion, combustion. This is evolution. It is not some simple path that you follow, that delights you at every turn. You have come into the world at a time of great evolution. Fail and you will become governed and oppressed by foreign powers, beyond what you can imagine today.
[By “foreign powers,” they mean “extraterrestrial space-faring nations.” By “governed and oppressed,” they mean “enslaved and exploited.” Humanity is perceived as intelligent animals to be domesticated. Freedom is not cherished by foreign powers.]
If you rise and unite, humanity will become a strong race, an independent race, in such a way that this independence can be protected and preserved. Only the New Message describes why this is the case and what it really means.
[Rise and unite become a strong race. There are other free worlds in our region of space. Freedom is rare because it requires sustainable self-sufficiency and discretion. But it is not impossible.]
Many books have dedications where the author chooses to honor a particular person. Some book dedications are literature in and of themselves. Steps to Knowledge has a dedication as well. I have never gotten around to sharing it, but today seems like a good time.
“This method is given to all students of Knowledge in the world with gratitude and high expectation from your Spiritual Family. Follow the instructions as they are given. In this way, the power and efficacy of this work will be revealed to you and, therefore, Our gift to you will have been given. It is with great excitement that We bestow this upon you and through you upon your world.”
Who are the students of Knowledge in the world? Like gold, they are where you find them. There are students of Steps to Knowledge in many countries, speaking many languages. We are following an invisible light. And yet, we are also choosing to take each step.
The following is the 41th paragraph of this teaching. I will add my experience of each paragraph in brackets.
God is sounding the alarm. It is not just for one group. It is not just for one nation. It is for the whole world.
[The alarm is not just for one ethnicity. The great calling out of self-obsession is not just for one nation. The calling out of attempts at fulfillment is not just for one religion. It is for the whole world.]
There is nowhere to hide. There is nowhere to escape to. There is nowhere that will not be overtaken by the Great Waves of change or feel the danger of the Intervention that is occurring in the world today by forces from beyond.
[This was mentioned in an earlier paragraph. There is nowhere where resources will be plentiful. There is nowhere where the climate will be unaffected. There is nowhere where the environment will not be deteriorated.]
You must snap out of your dreams. You must snap out of your weakness and your pathetic attitudes and hostility towards others.
[I must snap out of my dreams, and so forth. We must snap out of our weakness, and so forth. I think of these words of American clergyman Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909): “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.]
No one great leader is going to come and save humanity and lead you out of this great crisis. It will be the efforts of many people working in concert together.
[ Snap out of your meaningless haphazard life. Many people going to have to respond. Furthermore, many people must work with people they hadn’t planned on working with. If humanity survives and secures its freedom, no one will praise the great leader.]
God has given you the Revelation to show you what is coming and what must be done to prepare, within yourself in life and in your relationship with others. But beyond this, there must be great human invention. There must be great human effort. There must be great human expense. This will take all the wealth in the world to prepare for.
[The wealthy of our world do not envision this future. If they did, they would act differently. But you and I must think more creatively, to prepare for the rising seas and the drying lands.]
It is perfect for you, who otherwise would lead a haphazard, meaningless life, filled with disappointments, misunderstanding, without real direction, without real meaning. You would wander from thing to thing, from person to person, seeking whatever you are seeking, but still really disengaged, mostly, from what is important around you.
[ Snap out of your haphazard meaningless life. What do they mean by this? Most people do not think of themselves as having a mission or a greater purpose. If you were to examine it in detail, you would discover that survival and gratification motivated a lot of people. But you have a greater mission, one that involves the survival and freedom of the human family. Rise to the occasion!]