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Chapter 34: The Psychology of Belief

It will have a totally different pattern. Just as we don’t allow anybody to vote before twenty-one years of age - he has to be adult - in exactly the same way, unless everybody is well-educated and has at least a bachelor’s degree, he will not be allowed to vote. And the people will not vote for any party because there will be no party at all. It will be a no-party system. People will vote directly for individuals - an education minister, a foreign minister, an interior minister, a president - and these people will stand on their individual merit. Just as no voter can have less than a bachelor’s degree, nobody can stand for any post who does not have a doctorate in that subject particularly. So all those who will stand for the post will be experts on the same subject, and the choice will be by the educated, by the intelligent.

And the government will not be in the old sense a government. It won’t have any power, it will be simply functional. It will be the servant of the society in the real sense, not only in words.

Life has so many dimensions and politics has covered them all. Looking at a newspaper, somebody on some other planet could not conceive what kind of people live on the earth - only politicians, murderers, suicides, rapists, criminals, because your newspapers are full of these people! And on top of everything is the politician.

Every creative dimension of life will be brought out into the light, and the ugly aspects don’t need to be advertised. If somebody has murdered, it should be brought to light, but it is not that he is a criminal. The very psychology of the man, the upbringing of the man - that is how it went wrong, and why he had to commit murder. In his place, with the same background, anybody would have done the same. So you are not condemning the person, you are condemning the training, the background, the upbringing, which is absolutely scientific.

Why does a man become a rapist?- because his background was creating the energy to be a rapist. Although he was trying to be a Baptist, he ended up being a rapist! So the negative part should be brought out, but the individual should never be condemned, because no action is equal to the whole individual. The action is a small part in a whole life.

And the newspapers should be full of creativity, positivity. Ninety percent of a newspaper should give coverage to musicians, poets, sculptors, dancers, actors, philosophers, and only ten percent should be given to the politicians and the negative elements. The negative elements should be analyzed so the individual is not condemned. And the politicians should only be given space as information, not more than that. If they are doing something good it should be said, if they are doing something not good it should be said - but they should not be covering our whole life.

The new humanity will have to change the whole structure of education. It will not be ambitious; it will not create a desperate desire in everybody to become somebody powerful. On the contrary, it will create creators. It will create people who know how to rejoice. Its basic function should be to teach people the art of living, loving, laughter; the capacity to sing, dance, paint.

There will be people who have to be trained for technology and science, but even those who are being trained for technology and science, or medicine, should not be kept completely unconscious of the beautiful side of life. They should not become robots - because what you do, you become. If you are continuously researching about objects, soon you forget that you are a subject; you become an object.

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