Chapter 13: The World Needs to Be One
If you are one, you would like to dance in the open air under the sun. That will be your real prayer. Nothing is said, nothing is asked, but you are showing your gratitude to existence.
Zorba the Buddha will not only destroy the split in man, it will destroy the split in society.
The poor and the rich depend on each other; the rich cannot exist without the poor. It is a simple humanitarian gesture.we have enough technology now to produce so much wealth that there is no need for anybody to be poor and starving. But what we go on doing is just the opposite.
Thirty million people in the richest country of the world, in America, are undernourished. And you will be surprised: thirty million people in America are over-nourished. They are dieting, and they are trying hard somehow to lose weight. America has the most ugly, fattest men in the whole world. It is a simple arithmetic: these thirty million fat people are eating the food of thirty million who are undernourished.
We can produce enough, more than needed, so the necessity to hoard disappears. You don’t hoard air. Of course, on the moon you will. You will have a container hanging on your shoulder with oxygen, because there is no oxygen on the moon.
In a desert you will hoard water. People fight in the desert for a small oasis, kill each other. The fight is for water. Here you don’t fight for water; there is more than enough available.
I have a different view of society than communism and capitalism. Society needs a super-capitalistic system, and it will become communistic automatically. There will be no need for any revolution. What is needed is evolution, not revolution. Revolution never betters things. It is evolution - growth - which betters things.
If many people are poor and a few people are rich, that simply means there is not enough wealth. All effort should be made to create enough wealth, and it can be created; there is no reason why not. And when wealth is there - more than needed - then who bothers to hoard it?
A few things will disappear of their own accord which you have not been able to dispel from the society. The poor will disappear, the thief will disappear. The policeman perhaps may not be needed, the magistrate can be put to better use. Thousands of legal advocates are just wasting their time and people’s money; they are not needed.
We don’t see things; we simply remove the symptoms, and they come back again.
Look at the very causes.
In America there is so much crime. Why? There must be temptations for crime. Those temptations can be dropped very easily.