Chapter 23: I Stand for the Whole Man
Man is not divided into the inner and the outer. You are both. You can open your eyes and you are outside, and you can close your eyes and you are inside. Just small eyelids - that is the only division. Not much of a division. But the blindness of man is such that although Fukuoka understands that Descartes is wrong, he himself goes on doing the same thing without being alert at all. The materialist, the spiritualist.he wants the whole world to become spiritual. He goes on praising Gautam Buddha..
And that makes me laugh because if you go on dividing man into lower and higher, into material, into spiritual, you may have changed the direction of division but division is there.
I stand for the whole man - to be accepted, appreciated, loved in its total “organicity.”
Your question is, what is the difference between “being withdrawn, being introverted and turning in?” All belong to the extrovert man. There is not much qualitative difference.
Being withdrawn means simply being indifferent, aloof, uncaring. But you are still outside.
Being introverted simply means you have closed all your doors and windows; you will not receive the fresh breeze and you will not receive the sun and the moon and the stars; you have become closed to reality. An introverted man is just vegetating, not living. Because life needs both - a tremendous balance between the inner and the outer, between the day and the night, between life and death. They are not separate. Nowhere is there a demarcation. The introverted man is a dead man, a corpse.
And the third - turning in. There is no need to turn in. It is the philosophers, the people who are too much concerned with words, language, and not at all concerned with experience, who go on creating such ideas as “turning in.”
You have never been out - how can you turn in? You have always been there; from there you can radiate outwards, but there is no question of turning in. “Turning in” means you had gone out of the house, roamed around and finally came back home. But you have never left the home - you cannot, because you are the home.
Wherever you go, it will be the same: your inner and your outer will be balancing wherever you are. You cannot leave one behind and go ahead with the half; that’s an impossibility.
But the professors and the philosophers are more concerned with words, never bothering to look into reality and existence itself.
I have heard, there is a commune in Poland which has only four members. Their names are Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
One day there is an important job to be done and Everybody is sure that Somebody will do it. Anybody could do it but Nobody does it. Somebody gets angry about that because it is Everybody’s job. Everybody thinks that Anybody can do it but Nobody realizes that Everybody won’t do it. It ends up that Everybody blames Somebody when Nobody does what Anybody could have done.