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Henry Thomas Buckle on the Progress of Civilization

Those of our interests believed, that occultism and spirituality is in truth scientific. In the 19th century after Henry Thomas Buckle, he resonated with the more scientific-philosophically inclined theosophist, and their anticipations were expressed in his words. This focus and expression of OCCULTISM seems to be entirely absent in our times, even though it is related to the history of science; and our emphasis to “shed light on” things hidden, seemingly appears in conflict with basic notions of occultism as hidden, but this is not so.

History of Civilization

H.T. Buckle (English Historian, 1821-1862)

“There appear from time to time great thinkers, who, devoting their lives to a single purpose, are able to anticipate the progress of mankind, and to produce a religion or a philosophy by which important effects are eventually brought about. But if we look into history we shall clearly see that, although the origin of a new opinion may be thus due to a single man, the result which the new opinion produces will depend on the condition of the people among whom it is propagated. If either a religion or a philosophy is too much in advance of a nation it can do no present service but must bide its time until the minds of men are ripe for its reception . . . . Every science, every creed has had its martyrs. According to the ordinary course of affairs, a few generations pass away, and then there comes a period when these very truths are looked upon as commonplace facts, and a little later there comes another period in which they are declared to be necessary, and even the dullest intellect wonders how they could ever have been denied.”

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