There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder. Those who indulge in violence for any reason are themselves changed, and the purity of their purpose adulterated.
I have told you that if you do not like the state of your world, it is yourselves that you must change, individually and en masse (together). This is the only way that change will be effected. If your generation or any generation effects a change, this is the only way it will be done. What I am telling you has been said before through the centuries. It is up to you whether or not you will listen.
It is wrong to curse a flower and wrong to curse a man [or woman]. It is wrong not to hold any man in honor, and it is wrong to ridicule any man. You must honor yourselves and see within yourselves the spirit of eternal vitality. If you do not do this, then you destroy what you touch. And you must honor each other individual also, because in him is the spark of eternal vitality.
When you curse yourself, you curse yourselves, and the curse returns to you. When you are violent, the violence returns… I speak to you because yours is the opportunity [to better world conditions] and yours is the time. Do not fall into the old ways that will lead you precisely into the world that you fear.
When every young man refuses to go to war, you will have peace. As long as you fight for gain and greed, there will be no peace. As long as one person commits acts of violence for the sake of peace, you will have war. Unfortunately, it is difficult to imagine that all the young men in all the countries will refuse to go to war at the same time. And so, you must work out the violence that violence has wrought. Within the next 100 years that time may come. Remember, you do not defend any idea with violence.
There is no man who hates but that that hatred is reflected outward and made physical. And there is no man who loves but that that love is reflected outward and made physical.
(Excerpt from end of Chapter 18, The Seth Material
Copyright © 1970 by Jane Roberts and Robert Butts. Material reprinted with permission from copyright holder, Laurel Davies-Butts.)