Chapter 14: The New Man
The New Man is going to live life without any a priori conclusion about it. Without any conclusion, one has to face existence and then one knows what it is. If you have already concluded, your conclusion will become a barrier, it will not allow you inquiry. Your conclusion will become a blindfold, it will not allow you to see the truth. Your investment will be in the conclusion, you will distort reality to fit your conclusion. That’s what has been done up to now.
The New Man will not be Hindu, will not be Mohammedan, will not be Christian, will not be communist. The New Man will not know all these “isms.” The New Man will be simply an opening, a window to reality. He will allow reality as it is. He will not project his own mind upon it, he will not use reality as a screen. His eyes will be available, they will not be full of ideas.
The New Man will not live out of belief, he will simply live. And remember, those who can simply live without belief, only come to know what truth is. The believer or the disbeliever never come to know what truth is - their beliefs are too heavy on their minds, they are surrounded too much by their belief systems. The New Man will not know any belief system. He will watch, he will observe, he will see, he will live, and he will allow all kinds of experiences. He will be available, he will be multidimensional. He will not carry scriptures in his head, he will carry only alertness, awareness. He will be meditative.
The Old Man lived out of fear - even his God was nothing but a creation out of fear. His temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches - they were all out of fear. He was trembling, he was afraid. The New Man will live out of love, not out of fear, because fear serves death, love serves life. And if you live out of fear you will never know what life is, you will only know death, again and again.
And remember, the person who lives out of fear creates all kinds of situations in which he has to feel more and more fear. Your fear creates situations, just as your love creates situations: if you love you will find so many occasions to be loving, if you are afraid you will find so many occasions to be afraid. Love is going to be the taste of the new consciousness.
Because fear was the taste of the old consciousness it created wars. In three thousand years man has fought five thousand wars - as if we have not been doing anything else - continuous fighting somewhere or other. This is a very mad state of affairs, humanity’s past is insane.
The New Man will become discontinuous with this insane past. He will believe in love, not in war. He will believe in life, not in death. He will be creative, not destructive. His science, his art - all will serve creativity. He will not create bombs. He will not be political, because politics is out of hatred. Politics is rooted in fear, hate, destructiveness. The New Man will not be political, the New Man will not be national. The New Man will be global. He will not have any political ambition, because it is stupid to have political ambition. The New Man is going to be very intelligent. The first signs of that intelligence are rising on the horizon. Those who have eyes, they can see it: the children are rebelling.