The ordinary man is simply happy in producing children, every day going to the office, every day coming back to the same home. I mean respectable citizens, I don’t mean everybody comes to the same home every night. Some come in the evening, some come in the middle, some come in the morning, but anyway they come. And for what do they come? To take a shower and get ready for breakfast. Their whole life is a routine. Breakfast, lunch, coffee break…and life is not long; soon among these coffee breaks comes the final stop. People fall flat and stop breathing, not even telling anybody what they are doing and why. And why suddenly? Why have you chosen this moment?
People function almost like machines. You cannot ask a machine why it has broken and why, particularly at this moment…You cannot ask a car, “Why have you stopped? And particularly going to Bombay on the ghat – don’t you have any sense?” But nobody asks a machine.
Nobody asks you, “Why are you breathing? Do you have any answer?” If you think about it, you will be really worried that essential questions – why you are born, who was waiting for you, why you are creating an unnecessary crowd and thousands of problems…because the crowd goes on becoming bigger and bigger. The only rational question has been asked by the contemporary philosophical school, the existentialists: “Why don’t you commit suicide?” It won’t do to answer that “I don’t want to.” That is not the question. The question is why don’t you want to? What is the purpose? Why are you harassing people?
In fact, there is no answer.
In old Greece, there was a great philosopher, Zeno, who lived a long life – ninety years. And his teaching was that only retarded and stupid people can go on living. Intelligent people are bound to commit suicide the moment they realize that there is no reason. To go to bed and then get up early in the morning, then again the same routine, the same office file, the same boss…everything is the same. And finally you have to die, so why not now? Why take so much trouble reaching towards your grave? Why take seventy years?
And while going towards your grave you are not going silently, you are creating thousands of problems for others. The postman has to bring your mail and the milkman has to bring the milk….
And millions of people are engaged in defense – for what? For people who are all going to die, what is the point of defense? The defense armies go on growing like mushrooms everywhere, and who are you defending? Once a person dies you cannot persuade him, “Please, this is not right. We have been arranging so much defense and you decided to stop breathing. Is it gentlemanly?” It is not even Catholic….
Zeno taught, and it is said that thousands of intelligent people, his disciples, committed suicide. But he lived long – obviously, he had to, it was a responsibility. He was asked again and again, “Your disciples go on committing suicide because of your teachings – why don’t you commit?” He said, “I would have committed suicide long before, but because of this teaching…Who will teach? I have a purpose, and I will try to live as long as possible because once I am dead nobody is going to teach my philosophy.”