I just finished Maurice Druon’s book The Damned Kings (“Les Rois maudits”). This reading inspired me to write a text about unaccountability. It is worth noting, as Paul Ohl says, that the historical novel involves dialogues that are always inspired by the historical context of proven facts. Druon imagines a retort by Adam Orleton, Bishop of Hereford to Queen Isabella of France, Queen of England (1292-1358) “Must one, so as not to destroy a single life, risk destroying many others?” p 1063.In another very evocative passage of the book, broaching the subject in question, one of the characters says: “the hand that obeys isn’t uglier than the head that commands” p 1098.
From a broader perspective of unaccountability, more specifically related to the justification of leaders of armies or nations who give orders to those who do not feel responsible for their actions, I cannot help but quote the statement by US president Truman after the attack on Hiroshima: “An American airplane dropped [the first atomic] bomb on Hiroshima, an important army base. We have used it in order to shorten the agony of war, in order to save the lives of thousands and thousands of young Americans.”
Here is the statement of someone irresponsible who claimed that saving the lives of possibly a greater number of Americans was worth it for his skimpy conscience. For him, it was only a question of sacrificing a smaller number of human lives (Japanese) compared to a larger number (Americans).
Quite on the opposite, Maitreya Rael writes on this crucial topic for humanity:
“No cause would justify the imposition of pain on others. If the survival of Humanity depended upon the pain inflicted on one man, a single non-violent man, then it would be better to let Humanity perish. Absolute respect for this principle is the only way to prevent the imperceptible slipping of Humanity towards the unaccountability of individuals.” Rael, Intelligent Design. p 321.
Here is a passage, from Maitraya Rael’s book, that is essential to understanding his message, which is not addressed to people’s beliefs, but to their intelligence and their consciousness as individuals responsible for their actions. As far as I am concerned, this theme of unaccountability is, without a shadow of a doubt, what has turned out to be the cornerstone of my membership in the Raelian Movement.
Maitraya goes even further by writing: “The man who lights the crematorium furnace where children lie moaning, is more responsible than the one who has given the order in the first place, just as the man who delivers a bomb on a city is more responsible than the one who made the decision. Each person is totally responsible for his actions and can never hide behind the excuse that he was only following the orders which had been given to him.” Rael, Intelligent Design. p 319.
This so-called guru guides his followers goes so far as to say not to follow him if his statements run counter to our conscience and that the doors of the Movement are wide open for those who wish to leave. It can’t be any clearer.
With such an example, one can better understand the words of Maitraya when he uses the expression “imperceptible slipping towards unaccountability of individuals”. A slip that can lead to disaster, a vicious circle that drives some great leaders to feel unable to turn back, such as the kings of the past, warlords or president of a country.
In my opinion, to be Raelian is above all to be responsible for the fate of humanity.
Canadian Raelian Movement, Columnist