Moral basis - what do you value most?

If one values any of these most, one is building on sand: family, planet earth, tolerance, some institution (religious, government, etc.), financial security, physique, etc. Why? because in all these cases, man becomes the all-knowing, and as such is extremely vulnerable, "putty in the hands of schemers." Politicians are perhaps the most visible examples.

In the passage below, emphasis is added, written over a hundred years ago, it's foreboding message is more urgent than ever:

Audio of message below  

"The present is ours; the future, big with events.
Every man and woman should be to-day a law to him-
self, herself, — a law of loyalty to Jesus' Sermon on the
Mount. The means for sinning unseen and unpunished
have so increased that, unless one be watchful and stead-
fast in Love, one's temptations to sin are increased a
hundredfold. Mortal mind at this period mutely works
in the interest of both good and evil in a manner least
understood; hence the need of watching, and the danger
of yielding to temptation from causes that at former
periods in human history were not existent. The action
and effects of this so-called human mind in its silent argu-
ments, are yet to be uncovered and summarily dealt with
by divine justice.

"In Christian Science, the law of Love rejoices the heart;
and Love is Life and Truth. Whatever manifests aught
else in its effects upon mankind, demonstrably is not Love.
We should measure our love for God by our love for man;
and our sense of Science will be measured by our obedience
to God, — fulfilling the law of Love, doing good to all;
imparting, so far as we reflect them, Truth, Life, and Love
to all within the radius of our atmosphere of thought." (Misc. Wr.) 

Listen to Sermon on the Mount below:

Matthew 5 - Beatitudes  

Matthew 5 - Fulfilling the law  

Matthew 6 - Guard against self-righteousness  

Matthew 6 - Guard against idolatry  

Matthew 7 - Building upon a rock