Chapter 16: Truth Is Always Individual
The chief librarian was going mad. He made a big catalogue of all the books in his library and the books in all the libraries of the country, and finally the same question was again there: whether the catalogue had to be included in the catalogue or not. He had to keep one catalogue in the library, and one catalogue went to the king so that the king knew how many books were in the central library and how many books were in other libraries. If it is not included, it would be a lie; if it is included, it would be an absurdity.
Bertrand Russell sent that puzzle to Godel - “You are a great mathematician, old, world-famous, and you are going to conclude a book which is going to be the most important book ever written on mathematics. Please solve this puzzle also; it is a mathematical problem.”
And Godel went so crazy.he burned his book on which he had worked for almost forty years. The puzzle still remains.
There comes a moment where reason fails; where the absurd, the irrational, the mystical, the miraculous raises its head.
The coming hundred years are going to be more and more irrational. I do not ordinarily make prophecies, but about this I am absolutely prophetic: the coming hundred years are going to be more and more irrational, and more and more mystical.
The second thing: After a hundred years people will be perfectly able to understand why I was misunderstood - because I am the beginning of the mystical, the irrational. I am a discontinuity with the past.
The past cannot understand me; only the future will understand. The past can only condemn me. It cannot understand me, it cannot answer me, it cannot argue with me; it can only condemn me. Only the future.as man becomes more and more available to the mysterious - to the meaningless, yet significant.
The rose is meaningless - but it is so significant, so beautiful. The whole existence is significant, but not meaningful. Meaning is of the mind, and significance is of the heart.
Love is significant but not meaningful. That’s why for centuries parents have been choosing marriage partners for their sons and their daughters. Marriage is meaningful. The parents are experienced; they will choose the right family. They will choose a boy for their girl who has character, morality. They will choose a boy who is a success in the world of ambition, who is somebody, or who has the potential and is going upwards and his tomorrow is going to be golden. They will see to it that the boy is going to inherit a large treasure - money, power, prestige. The same is the case for the girl.
It is a business transaction; hence kings will only marry into other royal families - to create ties, so that wars can be avoided. If you look at Europe, almost every royal family is connected with the other royal families in some way or other.