How can Buddha’s answer be your answer? There have been many buddhas before Buddha; their answers could not become his answer. How can Christ’s answer be your answer? He had to seek and search for his answer. He had to sacrifice for his answer – he had to go to the cross, he had to carry his cross on his shoulders. How can his answer be your answer? You have not carried the cross on your shoulders yet. You have been avoiding, you have been escaping. Your logic is that of the ostrich…open your eyes. The problem is big, immense, huge, and the natural tendency is to close one’s eyes and forget all about it, find some occupation, engagement, become involved in something and forget all about it. That’s what people go on doing.
That’s what politics is all about. People become involved in trifles and they become so much engaged that they forget that they yet have something to solve – without which they will never really be men, without which they will never be their own selves. Politics gives great occupation to people. It is occupation through action, as philosophy is occupation through speculation.
And parents are in a hurry to give their borrowed knowledge to their children. Schools, colleges, universities are there only so that the past can live in you, so that it becomes almost impossible for you to drop the past, so that you forget all about your future possibilities. The university makes you efficient about the past and it destroys all your potential for the future. The university exists there as a conspiracy – of the parents and the priests and the politicians.
If you go on repeating a certain knowledge again and again, you forget that it is not yours.
Adolf Hitler has said in his autobiography, Mein Kampf, that there is only a little difference between the truth and the lie; the difference is of repetition. If you go on repeating the lie again and again, it becomes true. He is saying something immensely valuable. And he knows it, because he has done it.
But that has been done down the ages by the priests and the politicians. They go on repeating certain things. Slowly slowly, those repeated things become habits of your thought; they become unconscious. Then you go on repeating them. You will give them to your children, just as your parents have given them to you. Your parents have not lived, otherwise they would have been christs and buddhas and krishnas. You are not living if you are simply repeating your parents’ ideas that were given to you when you were a child and unable to defend yourself, when you were a child and not aware enough of what was being done to you, when you were a child and vulnerable, when you were a child and trusting, when you were a child and you did not know that your parents could deceive you. And they were not deceiving you knowingly. They were deceived by their parents, and so on and so forth. They were simply repeating a performance. Whatsoever had been done to them by their parents they were doing it to you. That was the only way they knew how to deal with the children. They were themselves victims. Don’t be angry with them. They have not done anything wrong to you knowingly, but whatsoever they have done is wrong.