The time for families is over, and the time for cities is over, and the time for nations is over. The world should be one, consisting of small communes. Then there is no need for armies because there is nobody with whom you are to fight. There is no need of arms, particularly atomic and nuclear, because you are not interested in committing a global suicide.
The whole energy that is being poured into creating more and more destructive weapons can be changed into creativity, and the whole earth can live as richly, as luxuriously, as no emperor has ever lived! And if we do not choose this, then we don’t have any intelligence at all. Even a little intelligence is enough to show that a total transformation of the society, of the old dead and rotten society, has become an absolute necessity for survival; otherwise, if we continue to be the way we are, we can count the years on our ten fingers.
The end is not very far away, but the end can become a great beginning if we understand. We can avoid it!
It is in our own hands, because the end is not coming by any natural calamity, it is being caused by our stupidity!
A model commune will create as much intelligence as possible and will allow people to grow intelligently, search and seek their truth. That is how one becomes more intelligent, by searching and seeking. Intelligence is sharpened like a sword.
Man has lived in unintelligence because all the religions of the world have emphasized only one thing: belief – and belief is poison to intelligence. They have emphasized only one thing: faith – and faith is against all growth.
The new man I conceive, will not have any belief system and will not have any faith. He will be a seeker, a searcher, an inquirer. His life will be a life of tremendous discovery – discoveries in the outside world and discoveries in the inside too.
I want every human being to be a discoverer: a Galileo, a Copernicus, a Columbus, in the outside world and a Gautam Buddha, a Zarathustra, a Chuang-Tzu in the inside world.
My whole effort is concentrated on one thing: to create the new man as Zorba the Buddha.
In a model commune everybody will have the qualities of the Zorba and the qualities of the Buddha; tremendously interested in the outside world, and in the same way, in love with the inner search. The day you are both together you have become the new man, and the new man is going to be the savior of humanity.
If the new man is not born there is no hope for humanity.
I feel like a guest on earth, as if I don’t really belong here at all. In your beautiful gathering, I feel that I am also a guest, staying here only by your grace or by good fortune. I have nothing really to give, except myself. Is this enough?