So from his very childhood the child is not allowed to taste freedom, because once he knows what freedom is, then he will not concede, he will not compromise – then he will not be ready to live in any dark cell. He would like to die, but he will not allow anybody to reduce him to being a slave. He will be assertive. Of course, he will not be interested in becoming powerful over other people. These are neurotic trends. When you are too interested in becoming powerful over people that simply shows that deep down you are powerless and you are afraid that if you don’t become powerful, others are going to overpower you.
Machiavelli says that the best method of defense is to attack; the best way to protect yourself is to attack first. These so-called politicians all over the world – in the East, in the West – are all deep down very weak people, suffering from inferiority, afraid that if they don’t become powerful politically then somebody is going to exploit them – so why not exploit rather than be exploited? The exploited and the exploiter, both are sailing in the same boat, and both are helping the boat, protecting the boat.
Once the child knows the taste of freedom, he will never become part of any society, any church, any club, any political party. He will remain an individual, he will remain free and he will create pulsations of freedom around him. His very being will become a door to freedom.
The child is not allowed to taste freedom. If the child asks the mother, “Mom, can I go outside? The sun is beautiful and the air is very crisp and I would like to run around the block,” immediately – obsessively, compulsively – the mother says, “No!” The child has not asked much. He just wanted to go out into the morning sun, into the brisk air, he wanted to enjoy the sunlight and the air and the company of the trees. He has not asked for anything! But compulsively, out of some deep compulsion, the mother says no. It is very rare to hear a mother saying yes, very rare to hear a father saying yes. Even if they say yes, they say so very reluctantly. Even if they say yes, they make the child feel that he is guilty, that he is forcing them, that he is doing something wrong.
Whenever the child feels happy, doing whatsoever, somebody or other is bound to come and stop him: “Don’t do this!” By and by the child understands, “Whatsoever I feel happy in is wrong.” And of course he never feels happy doing what others tell him to do, because it is not a spontaneous urge in him. So he comes to know that to be miserable is right, to be happy is wrong. That becomes the deep association.
If he wants to open the clock and see inside, the whole family jumps on him – “Stop! You will destroy the clock. This is not good.” He was just enquiring into the clock; it was a scientific curiosity. He wanted to see what makes it tick. It was perfectly okay. And the clock is not so valuable as his curiosity, as his inquiring mind. The clock is worthless – even if it is destroyed nothing is destroyed – but once the inquiring mind is destroyed much is destroyed; then he will never inquire for truth.