Chapter 23: Cities Have Made the Human Being Inhuman
The camel was found to no longer be an adequate means to take goods from one place to another, so bullock carts replaced the camel. But the route that goes through Mandu is a desert; only camels can go on that route, bullock carts cannot. They had to find a new route. Bullock carts were cheaper; naturally camels were abandoned. With their abandonment, the route that passed through Mandu was abandoned.
Mandu lost its source of money, and people had to go away. What could you do there? On that mountain you cannot grow anything - they lived only on the constant traffic. Such a huge city simply disappeared! People left their houses and moved to places where they could earn something.
It is only a question of a simple understanding: cities are now killing people with pollution, with AIDS, with other diseases. It will be good if people move into the open air, with nature.
And the needs of man are not so many, the needs of man are very limited - just his ego has an unlimited desire for more and more and more. The ego has created the whole problem. And on the way it has destroyed many human qualities.
In a big city you are in a crowd, but still a stranger. And everybody is in such a hurry: everybody is running from job to home, from home to job, and it may be miles. He has to catch his train, his bus. Nobody has time for strangers, nobody even says hello to a stranger.
In a small village everybody is known to everybody else. Everybody is in some way related to somebody else. There is a friendship - in a real sense a commune, because there is a communication. People are not islands. If somebody falls ill the whole village will come to inquire. If somebody is not in good enough health to work in the fields, then the whole village will help him. This is simply human. Because he has helped others, others will help him - it is a simple phenomenon.
And with my idea of love not being a static thing, the village can become a paradise, self-sufficient. And man has to choose - he has come to the point where he will have to choose: Do you want love? Do you want a meaningful life? Do you want blissfulness? Or you can choose to have dead gadgets, new mechanisms.
And the answer is simple. What will you do with machines? Man needs human energy.
I am not against machines. But I am saying that the emphasis should be on human relationship. Machines can be used if they are not against human relationship, if they are not against ecology. If they are against ecology, if they are against human relationship, then they are not to exist at all.
Neither the people in power are going to do it, nor are the so-called saints and wise people going to do it. They are both conspirators. They both depend on your pain, misery, meaninglessness. They cannot do anything.