But this is tragic and it fills the heart with sadness. Neither of the two alternatives seem to be worth choosing. For man to become uncivilized, uncultured and animal-like does not appeal to the mind. And it also doesn’t appeal that the whole Earth starts becoming one big madhouse, that slowly, slowly people will be full of so many psychological diseases. This is what is happening today.
Today, in the highly civilized countries, there is a greater demand for psychiatrists than for regular doctors. Many diseases have become common and easy to treat; they have become curable because medicines have been discovered for them. But psychological diseases are becoming extraordinarily complex and their treatment seems to be becoming more and more difficult. As you try to treat them, to find cures for them, the complexities that you find are alarming.
One outcome of the research done by psychologists in the past twenty-five years is that if an insane person is to be treated, whereas before they used to treat just the man himself, now they say that they can cure the man only if they can cure his whole family – because his insanity is because of his family. Now psychologists are even saying, “Even if we cure his family, what will be achieved by it?” – because the family itself is part of a larger group. The whole collective is full of some kind of madness, and this is why a family gathers insanity and why a certain member of the family goes mad.
The most interesting thing that they say is that if there is a group of, say, twenty families, then the most sensitive and most sincere family will go mad first, and also the most sensitive and sincere person in that family will go mad first. An insincere person finds ways not to go mad: he says one thing and does something else so that he does not go mad. But if a person is very sincere and does what he says, he will get into trouble. Now this is the difficulty.
Morality says that your thoughts and actions should be the same – but you won’t find many people whose thoughts and actions are the same. There are no scientific ways to check it, otherwise we would find that even people who we think are honest, are not. If a man is really honest and he listens to his social conscience, he will go mad. If he does not go mad, it is only because he is managing to find a way out somewhere. He must have some back doors in his life through which he can escape and release his madness.