And that is what is going to happen if socialism becomes our way of life in the whole world: man will be reduced into a commodity, he will be reduced into a machine. Machines are equal. You can have millions of Ford cars exactly equal to each other. They go on coming through the assembly line, absolutely the same as the other. But man is not a machine, and to reduce man to be a machine will be destroying humanity from the earth.
Do you think in Soviet Russia Gautam Buddha is possible, Jesus Christ is possible, Lao Tzu is possible? And what to say about Buddha, Jesus and Lao Tzu? I ask you: is even Karl Marx possible? Even Karl Marx is not possible, because Karl Marx has an intelligence of his own and he will not be tolerated. He is not an ordinary person; certainly he is not a part of the so-called proletariat. He was part of the most refined bourgeoisie.
His whole life he never worked. From morning to evening he was sitting in the British Museum studying. In fact, British Museum has never come again across another scholar of the same caliber. He was so much intrigued with his studies, so much fascinated, that when the closing time will come he had to be forcibly thrown out every day, because he will insist, “Just wait a little more – let me finish this book! Don’t disturb me! What does it matter if you close the museum half an hour late? If I don’t do this work, tomorrow I may have completely lost the track of it. Let me finish it!” He had to be forced, physically forced
And it happened many times that he was found almost in a state of coma; studying continuously he will become so dizzy he will fall unconscious, he will fall in a swoon, and he had to be carried on a stretcher to his home.
Now this man is no more possible. In the first place British Museum is not possible in Russia.
I have heard:
An American journalist was visiting Russia. He asked a professor…thinking that a professor will answer him intelligently, but whatsoever he asked the professor always started his answer, “Yes, just the other day I read in Pravda…”
The Russian word Pravda means the truth. What irony! It should mean the lie! The Pravda is the most Lying newspaper in the world, but it means the truth.
He will always start. “I have read in the Pravda…
Disgusted, the journalist finally asked, “Have you not got any opinion of your own?”
The professor said, “Yes, I have got my own opinions, but I don’t believe in them!”
In Russia there is no freedom of thought, because freedom of thought means the beginning of inequality. Freedom of thought means man is not a machine, and then two men cannot be equal.