This happens to the stupid mind. Continuously, watch in yourself: the Mulla Nasruddin is part of you. Whenever you answer a question because you have a ready-made answer, you are behaving stupidly. The situation may have changed, the reference may have changed, the context may have changed – and you are acting out of the past.
Act out of the present. Act out of unpreparedness. Act out of the present’s awareness; don’t act out of the past. Then you are not stupid.
Now you can understand why I say mind is stupid: because mind is only past. Mind is accumulated past, all that you have known in the past. Life is continuously changing. The mind remains the same – it carries dead memories, dead information. The context changing every moment, the question changing every moment, the emperor changing every moment – and you carry fixed answers. You will always be in trouble. A stupid mind is always in trouble, suffers. For nothing. Only for this reason: that he is too ready, too prepared.
Every moment remain unprepared. Then you remain innocent. Then you are not carrying something. Whenever you have a ready-made answer you don’t listen to the question exactly as it is. Before you have listened to the question, the answer has already popped up in the mind; the answer is already standing between you and the question. Before you have looked around and watched the situation, you are already reacting.
Mind is the past, mind is the memory – -that’s why mind is stupid, all minds. You may be a villager, not knowing much about the world. You may be a professor in the University of Pune, knowing much. That doesn’t make any difference. In fact sometimes it happens that villagers are more intelligent – because they know nothing. They have to rely on intelligence. They cannot rely on their information, they have none. If you are alert you can see the quality of innocence in a villager. He is like a child.
Children are more intelligent than adults, more intelligent than old people. That’s why children can learn so easily. They are more intelligent. The mind is not yet there. They are mindless. They don’t carry any past; they have none. They are moving, wondering, surprised at everything. They always look to the situation. In fact they have nothing else to look to – no ready-made answers. Sometimes children answer in such a beautiful and alive way as old people cannot. Old people always have the mind there to answer for them. They have a servant, a mechanism, a bio-computer; and they rely on it. The more you become old, the more you become stupid.
Of course, old people think they have become very wise, because they know many answers. If this is wisdom then computers will be the most wise people. Then there is no need for you to think about Buddha and Jesus and Zarathustra, no. Computers will be wiser because they will know more. They can know all; they can be fed every information. And they will function better because they are mechanisms.