Chapter 32: The New Man: The Very Salt of the Earth
These ideas were dangerous. If a man has some respect for himself, some dignity of being human, you cannot reduce him to a slave; you cannot destroy his soul and make him a robot. Up to now, man has only pretended to live - his life has been only hypothetical.
The new man is a revolt against the whole past.
He is a declaration that we are going to create a new way of life, new values of life; that we are destined for new goals - faraway stars are our targets. And we are not going to allow anybody to sacrifice us for any beautiful name. We are going to live our lives, not according to ideals, but according to our own longings, our own passionate intuitions. And we are going to live moment to moment; we are no longer to be befooled by the tomorrow, and the promises for tomorrow.
The new man contains the whole future of humanity. The old man is bound to die. He has prepared his own grave - he is digging it every moment, deeper and deeper. What do you think Ronald Reagan is doing? - digging a grave for humanity as deep as possible. These people seem to be afraid even of dead people - that if the grave is not deep enough, they may come back; they may come back alive.
Nuclear weapons and all destructive measures are a preparation for a global suicide. The old man has decided to die. It is up to the intelligent people in the world to disconnect from the old man before he destroys you too.to disconnect yourself from old traditions, old religions, old nations, old ideologies.
For the first time, the old is no longer gold. The old is the rotten corpse of an ugly past. It is a great responsibility for the new generation, for the young people to renounce the past.
In the past, religions used to renounce the world. I teach you to love the world so that it can be saved, and to renounce the past totally and irrevocably, to be discontinuous.
The new man is not an improvement upon the old; he is not a continuous phenomenon, not a refinement. The new man is the declaration of the death of the old, and the birth of an absolutely fresh man - unconditioned, without any nation, without any religion, without any discriminations of men and women, of black and white, of East and West, or North and South.
The new man is a manifesto of one humanity. It is the greatest revolution the world has ever seen.
You have heard about the miracle that Moses parted the sea in two parts. That miracle is nothing. I want to part humanity, the whole ocean of humanity divided in two parts: the old and the new.
The new will love this life, this world. The new will learn the art of living and loving and dying.
The new will not be concerned about heaven and hell, sin and virtue. The new man will be concerned about how to increase the joys of life, the pleasures of life - more flowers, more beauty, more humanity, more compassion. And we have the capacity and the potential to make this planet a paradise, and to make this moment the greatest ecstasy of your life.