Can you see the insanity of it? They are more concerned with Marxist plans, which have nothing to do with them. They are not concerned with millions of people dying again. And it is not only a question of other countries – naturally nobody has the responsibility for other countries. In the same country, for example, in America, thirty million people are on the streets without food, without clothes, without shelter. And it is a strange, ironical coincidence that exactly the same number of Americans, thirty million, are dying in hospitals, in nursing and care homes, because they have stuffed their bodies with too much food, and they cannot stop. They will die because of eating too much, and a similar number of people will die because they don’t have anything to eat.
These thirty million people are eating the share of the other thirty million who are on the streets. They are ready to work, but there is no work. And when there is no work, nobody is interested in feeding the poor. The poor are fed only if they are needed for work.
Down the ages the majority has been poor, and their survival was dependent on their utility as productive mechanisms. The moment they were not needed they were left to die in hunger and starvation. And they are the real owners of the whole wealth of the world, because they are the producers. But cunning people have managed conspiracies with politicians, with priests, to keep the society divided into two different categories: those who are really human beings – the people who are rich, super-rich – and those who are just human beings in name, but are being used as commodities, as productive mechanisms.
Because of this situation the vested interests have been teaching only one thing down the ages: that is work, and work hard so that you can produce more, and the rich can become even richer.
The value of work is only to produce enough for everybody. Perhaps four or five hours work a day would be enough for the whole of humanity to live peacefully and comfortably. But this insane desire to be rich, this insane greed which knows no limits…without any understanding that the more money you have the less value your money has.
It is a simple law of economics: the law of diminishing returns. You have one house: it is valuable, you have to live in it, you need it. You have two houses, you have three houses, you have hundreds of houses…. The value goes on diminishing as the number of houses goes on growing.
But there is a small class in the world, which has absolutely valueless money. For example, the richest man in the world is now a Japanese who has twenty-one billion dollars cash in his banks. What is he going to do with it? Can you eat it? And money attracts more money: just from sheer interest that man will go on becoming more and more rich. Beyond a certain limit money loses all value. But greed is absolutely mad. The whole human society has lived under a kind of insanity.
That’s why it is so difficult to be in a state of let-go – because it has always been condemned as laziness. It is against the workaholic society. Let-go means you start living in a saner way. You are no longer madly after money; you don’t go on working continuously. You work just for your material needs, but there are spiritual needs too! Work is a necessity for material needs, let-go is necessary for spiritual needs. But the majority of humanity has been completely boycotted from any spiritual growth.