Doubt is a tremendously powerful instrument of your intelligence. Doubt everything until you come to a point where doubt is no longer possible. The moment you experience, doubt falls by itself. Before that, to start with belief is to remain retarded.
Reagan is retarded, and he wants the whole humanity to remain retarded. I don’t think his mental age is more than thirteen. And if he has any suspicion, he can come here: our therapists and psychologists can give him an exact, accurate estimate of his mental age. Only a retarded person can talk in such a way.
So the first thing is, education has to free from any belief.
And what kind of belief are you going to give? There are so many gods: the Christian God, the Hindu God, the Mohammedan God-and there is no way to decide which one is the right God. In fact, they are all just imaginations.
When science comes to a truth, then all over the world the truth is the same. If water evaporates at a hundred degrees centigrade, it does not matter who is boiling it – Hindu, Mohammedan, Christian; in England, in Germany, or Italy: it will evaporate exactly at a hundred degrees. That is something true.
But the Hindu God will look very strange to the Christians, the Christian God looks laughable to the Hindus, the Mohammedan God has his own uniqueness and the Jewish God is totally different. Which God are you going to teach?
But Reagan’s whole effort is to change this country from freedom, democracy, and reduce it to a Christian country…against the communists, a Christian land. He is trying in every way to propagate Christianity, which is one of the most primitive religions. In comparison to Buddhism it stands nowhere: a third-class religion.
And what values? Just the word “value” is meaningless. What values are you going to teach?
The first of all the values is freedom, which you are denying. You are forcing students to believe in God. There is no value higher than freedom.
What values are you going to teach them? Love? But how can a man who believes in a Christian God love the Jewish God, love the Jews who crucified Jesus? For two thousand years Christians have been destroying Jews in every possible way., And the Mohammedan God has no similarity to the Christian God….
If you want to teach values, then teach freedom.
Teach how to think, how to think clearly, and how to come to your own decisions. Those decisions should not be imposed on you.
Reagan says, “A value-free education is almost a contradiction in terms. Education cannot be value-free.”
Education itself is the ultimate value.
There is no need for other values to be taught.
To educate a person means to sharpen his intelligence, to make him more centered, to bring his potential to its flowering.