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Ethics always says, �Not I, but thou.� Its motto is: �Not self, but non-self.� The vain ideas of individualism, to which man clings when he is trying to find that Infinite Power or that Infinite Pleasure through the senses, have to be given up � say the laws of ethics. You have to put yourself last, and others before you. The senses say, �Myself first.� Ethics says, �I must hold myself last.� Thus, all codes of ethics are based upon this renunciation; destruction, not construction, of the individual on the material plane. That Infinite will never find expression upon the material plane, nor is it possible or thinkable.