And being led by blind people is dangerous. They have destroyed the whole beauty of human beings, they have destroyed the freedom of human beings. They have destroyed all that is valuable. They have left you just deserted, empty, meaningless. It is felt all over the world. Why are people feeling so empty and meaningless? Who has done this to them? Centuries of priesthoods, of different religions, have been giving them false consolations. All those false consolations are no longer applicable. Man has become more adult. It is good to give children toys to play with, but when somebody comes of age and you go on giving him toys to play with, he will start feeling life is meaningless. He needs something more; he needs something more real.
Beware of being led by blind people!
A young woman, hardly more than a girl, went to see the local rabbi. “You don’t know me,” she began with a catch in her throat, “but I just had to speak to somebody. You see, I have no mother or father and I don’t know much about worldly matters.”
“You don’t have to say another word,” said the rabbi. “I understand perfectly. It is a man, isn’t it?”
“Yes, and he is always trying to kiss me. Kiss, kiss, kiss – that’s all he ever thinks of.”
You must be firm,” said the rabbi sternly. “That kind of man you don’t need. Just tell him you don’t allow such kinds of goings-on.”
As she left, the rabbi said, “Come back in a week and let me know how you are making out.”
Sure enough, the girl returned a week later, but this time she was even more disturbed than before.
“What is the matter now?” asked the rabbi.
“I stopped him from all that kissing,” said the unhappy young lady, “but now – well, I don’t know how to put it….”
“Put, put!” urged the rabbi. “With me you got nothing to be ashamed.”
“He’s trying to – er – touch me with his hands,” she stammered in embarrassment.
The rabbi rose from his chair in righteous anger. “You tell that no-goodnik he should keep his dirty hands to himself!” barked the rabbi. “What kind of a way is that to treat a decent Jewish girl? Tell him to stop at once, you hear?”
But when she visited the rabbi again she was almost in tears. “I did everything you said,” moaned the girl, “but now he insists he wants to sleep with me.”
“What!” yelled the outraged rabbi. “I never heard of such chutzpah in my whole life. You go right home and the next time you see him I want you to throw that bum out of the house. You understand? I am ordering you! Throw him out!”
A few days later she visited the rabbi once more. Her eyes were red from weeping and her face was a picture of misery.
“Did you do like I ordered?” demanded the rabbi.
She nodded, and, still sobbing, she said through her tears, “Now he wants a divorce!”