And the most dangerous thing is the fifth, which is man himself, with all his discriminations between black and white, between East and West, and a new discrimination has suddenly arisen between North and South. Humanity is divided by religions, by nations, by color, by race. and they are at each other’s throats.
To avoid these five dangers, which man has never faced before, seems to be almost impossible – unless a miracle happens. But miracles happen only in stories, not in real life. And the most disturbing factor is that the intelligentsia of the world, the politicians of the world, the philosophers of the world are ignoring all these facts.
It happens in times of danger, that the only way to protect your peace of mind is to ignore the danger. This is called the “ostrich logic.” The ostrich lives in the desert, a beautiful animal with a long neck, very colorful. Whenever the ostrich sees its enemies, other animals who can kill it, it has a strange logic – but very human. It simply digs a hole in the sand of the desert and puts its head inside the hole, because then it cannot see the enemy. And its logic is: if you cannot see the enemy, the enemy does not exist.
People are concerned about trivia, very stupid things, when great dangers are ahead. I hope that some sanity comes to humanity and life can be saved, but we will have to encounter all these five factors very carefully.
The world should have one government, there should not be any nations anymore. That way we can avoid any possibility of war.
The world should have only one kind of religiousness. Not one religion, just one kind of religiousness – a gratitude to existence, a loving heart, a meditative awareness. The most essential part of religion should be saved, and Christianity and Hinduism and Buddhism and Jainism and Mohammedanism all should disappear from the earth.
They are no longer needed; they have done enough harm. But now the harm is so much that they cannot be tolerated.
What is the need for nations? The whole earth is one.
Problems can be very easily solved if there is only one functional world government. Politicians will not like the idea because then they cannot go on bragging as presidents and prime ministers and cabinet ministers and parliamentarians do. If there is only one world government – and that too has to be functional, just like the post office or railway trains – somebody has to arrange things, so somebody should arrange things. And whoever is most capable technically, scientifically to tackle the problem, should manage it – but not because of votes.
It is a strange situation that the most important things – your prime ministers, your presidents, your education ministers – are chosen by votes, votes of people who are absolutely ignorant of what they are doing. So there are education ministers who know nothing about education; there are prime ministers who have nothing to do with all these vast problems and don’t even have the intelligence to tackle them.