Society is like a company of pedestrians going on a pilgrimage. Suppose one among them is attacked by cholera, do the rest go on their way, leaving him behind? No, they cannot. Rather, they break their journey for a day or two, relieve him from the disease and help him to acquire strength in his legs. Or, they start out anew, carrying him on their shoulders.
If anyone runs short of his subsistence, others give him their own. Together, they share everything with all. Together, they stream ahead, singing their leading chorus. In their eagerness to go ahead with others, they forget their trifling differences.
The essence of cooperation, born of moving together, aims at widening or expanding the mental being of a person by striking down barriers of meanness again and again. And hence, I reiterate that society is like such a batch of pilgrims, gathering a strange power of mind in travelling together and, with its help, solving all the problems of their individual and social lives.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, "The Spirit of Society" in 'Supreme Expression part 2' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.