A certain group of scientists thinks that man is, day by day, regressing, that there is an infantilization. Man is behaving more like children than like adult men everywhere on the earth. If we look, many things become clear and obvious. One thing: it was always the old man, the evolved man, who was predominant in society, but our society is the only society in the world where children have become predominant. They dominate everything – every trend, every fashion, everything! They are the models. Whatsoever they do becomes religion, whatsoever they do becomes politics, whatsoever they do sets a trend all over the world.
If we go back, a thirty-year-old person was behaving in a mature way. Now that’s not the case. Even a thirty-year-old person is behaving in infantile ways, juvenile – the same tantrums, the same childish attitudes. What is a childish attitude? A child thinks that he is the center of the world and his every wish is to be fulfilled immediately. It is fulfilled! When he is hungry milk is given, when he weeps everyone pays attention. The whole family is centered around him.
Children become dictators. They know how to dictate to the whole family. A very small child dictates to the whole family. The father persuades him, the mother bribes him. Even if guests come in the home, he dictates everything. A child thinks he is the center of the world: he is to be supported, helped, by everyone, without any cost. He is not to give love, he is only to demand. Of course, we cannot expect from a child that he should love. He demands, and demands everything. And if a demand is not fulfilled he gets violent, angry. Then he is against the whole world; he will smash things.
Now this has happened with everyone. This is always so with children, but this is now with everyone. Our so-called revolutions are nothing but childish efforts. Our so-called rebellions are nothing but everyone thinking himself to be at the center and his every desire should be fulfilled immediately. And if you are not going to fulfill them, he is going to destroy the whole world.
Student revolts in the universities all over the world, they just show immature, juvenile minds. What does it mean, students throwing stones at the university windows, setting fire to the buildings, destroying? What does it mean? They have no sense of maturity at all. And if you begin to think about it, then not only students, children, boys and girls: if you look at our modern man, even a father, a mother, they are just behaving childishly. If you look at our politicians, they are just behaving childishly, with no maturity at all.
What has happened? Really, man’s growth has stopped; evolutionary growth has stopped. And now we have taken just a substitute for this growth: scientific accumulation. Man has stopped, things grow. Your house goes on becoming bigger and bigger, and you remain the same. Your wealth grows, and because of this growth you feel that you are growing. Your knowledge grows, your information grows, and because of that you think you are growing.
Of course, obviously, a Buddha knows less than you, but that doesn’t mean that you are more grown-up. A Jesus knows less than you, he knows less than any Catholic priest, because he was never trained, never educated: just a carpenter’s son, uneducated, with no information of the world. But, still, you are not more evolved than him. A Mohammed is just illiterate, a Kabir just a nobody, but they are more evolved. But then that evolution is something else: evolution of consciousness, not of things.