Chapter 23: Cities Have Made the Human Being Inhuman
As most people in modern Europe look at their landscape, they find that the cities they live in vary from inhospitable to frankly dangerous; that the jobs they do (if they are “lucky” enough to have one) are dull, boring, and meaningless; that the relationships they have are tolerable at the best, and love is a rarity; and that the future holds very little to look forward to. How long will it take for people to realize that one of the root causes of this stupid catastrophe is that the systems of life that they so avidly support have no leaders who are capable of bowing down to wisdom?
It won’t take long for them to realize the catastrophic situation they are in.
There is a limit to everything. People can tolerate up to a point, but if it becomes a question of life and death, then there is a sudden outburst of intelligence in ordinary people. You would never have expected it.
The people who are in power are not going to the people of wisdom, ever. Power corrupts so deeply and gives such a big ego that even to ask advice becomes impossible.
The revolution is going to happen not through the powerful people but through the common people - and they have tolerated enough. And it is coming to a climax. The climax is on one hand very painful; but on the other hand it is a new beginning, a fresh beginning.
It is true that people’s lives are loveless. They don’t have any joy in their work. They are bored, they don’t feel any meaning in their life. They are just running like robots. Their cities are no longer places of beauty, and nature has been destroyed very deeply.
All these things together come to one point, the central point; and that is that the people have depended too much on people who have power. It has been almost a kind of slavery.
It is time to revolt and throw out these people who have power, and to destroy the whole system of power. There is no need for them, because they are not doing anything except destroying more and more qualities which make life worth living.
Secondly, people have to understand that the people they have been thinking are wise are not so. In fact most of their misery is because of those “wise” people and the powerful people; they both need to be overthrown.
The common man has to assert himself and common sense has to prevail. It does not need great wisdom, it only needs common sense.
For example, people’s lives are loveless - there is no need to ask any wise man why, because they are the people who have made it loveless. Just common insight is enough.
Men and women are not naturally made to live their whole life together. It is not only a question of men and women; it is that the same thing continuously repeated creates boredom - the same husband, the same wife, the same quarrel, the same argument, the same tantrum - exactly the same! It goes on being repeated again and again. It destroys the very possibility of love. Instead it creates boredom - it has created it.