Chapter 23: Fun Is the Most Sacred Word
And I call this kind of life authentic, real, spiritual. The moment motive enters in, you are a businessman. You have lost track of the mysterious; you have fallen into the mundane, into the marketplace, where everything can be purchased and sold. But there is a space within you where nothing can be purchased, nothing can be sold, yet tremendous experiences are waiting for you - invaluable, with no price tag on them.
When I say fun is the most sacred word in human language, all this is implied in it.
But isn’t there in this place inside of everybody, and the fun - isn’t there this heap of unconscious fear? I feel when you were a boy, you were so awake, or so aware, that it’s difficult for the children now who, I feel even in this commune, are still full of fear, of violence, of difficulties. How can we get rid of this fear and have fun, and enjoy ourselves more?
Fear is not natural, it has been created. It has been imposed on you by the parents, the priests, the teachers. Everybody you have come in contact with has been imposing fear on you, because fear is the antithesis of freedom. The more fear you have in you, the less is the possibility of freedom. The more fear is there, the less is the possibility of rebellion.
The society, the church, the state, all want everybody to be in a state of constant fear: fear of the known, fear of the unknown, fear of death, fear of hell, fear of missing heaven, fear of not making your name in the world, fear of just being a nobody. Everybody around you from the very birth is creating fear. No child is born with fear. Every child is born with freedom, doubt, rebellion, individuality, innocence - all great qualities. But he is helpless, dependent.
But when you are grown up, you can see - you can try to peel the onion layer by layer - how fears have been created in you, how gullible you have been, how people have exploited your innocence. The priest had no knowledge of God, yet he deceived you and pretended that he knows God. He had no idea of heaven and hell, yet he forced you to be afraid of hell, to be ambitious for heaven. He created greed, he created fear. He himself was a victim of other people. Now you can look back: your father was not aware what he was teaching, what he was telling to you.
Everybody has been pretending to their children. All are hypocrites. But the problem is that when you are grown up, you have your children, you have your younger brothers, sisters, and now you are afraid that if you don’t play the game of being a hypocrite yourself, what will happen to these children?.Because that is the only game you know, and you don’t have the guts to say, “I know nothing.” The first thing, to drop fear, is to accept the fact, “I know nothing.”