Chapter 18: Terrorism Is in Your Unconsciousness
Terrorism is going to become bigger and bigger, because the third world war is almost impossible. And the stupid politicians have no other alternative. Terrorism simply means that what was being done on a social scale now has to be done individually. It will grow. It can only be prevented if we change the very base of human understanding - which is a Himalayan task; more so because these same people whom you want to change will fight you, they won’t allow you to change them easily. In fact they love bloodshed; they don’t have the courage to say so.
In one of the existentialist’s novels, there is a beautiful incident which can almost be said to be true.
A man is presented before the court because he has killed a stranger who was sitting on the beach. He had never seen the stranger. He did not kill him for money. He does not yet know how that man looked because he killed him from the back, just with a big knife. They had never met - there was no question of enmity. They were not even familiar; they had not even seen each other’s faces.
The magistrate could not figure it out, and he asked the murderer, “Why did you do it?”
He said, “When I stabbed that man with a knife and a fountain of blood came out of his back, that was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever known. I know that the price will be my death, but I am ready to pay for it; it was worth it. My whole life I have lived in boredom - no excitement, no adventure. Finally I had to decide to do something. And this act has made me world famous; my picture is in every newspaper. And I am perfectly happy that I did it.”
There was no need for any evidence. The man was not denying - on the contrary, he was glorifying it. But the court has its own routine way - witnesses still have to be produced; just his word cannot be accepted. He may be lying, he may not have killed the man. Nobody saw him - there was not a single eyewitness - so circumstantial evidences had to be presented by the police.
One of them was that possibly this man has killed according to his past life and his background. When he was young, his mother died. And when he heard that his mother had died, he said, “Shit! That woman will not leave alone me even while dying! It is Sunday, and I have booked tickets for the theater with my girlfriend. But I knew she would do something to destroy my whole day - and she has destroyed it.”
His mother has died and he is saying that she has destroyed his Sunday! He was going to the theater with his girlfriend, and now he has to go to the funeral. And the people who heard his reaction were shocked. They said, “This is not right, what are you saying?”
He said, “What? What is right and what is wrong? Couldn’t she die on any other day? There are seven days in the week - from Monday to Saturday, she could have died any day. But you don’t know my mother - I know her. She is a bitch! She did it on purpose.”
The second evidence was that he attended the funeral and in the evening he was found dancing with his girlfriend in a disco. And somebody asked, “What! What are you doing? Your mother has just died.”