“Please don’t be angry. How did the fan come to this end in just seven days? How did you fan?”
The king lifted the fan and showed how one fans.
The man said, “Now I understand. You shouldn’t fan like that.”
“What other way is there?” the king asked.
The man explained, “Hold the fan steady. Keep it steady in front of you and then move your head sideways to and fro. The fan will last one hundred years. You will pass away but the fan will remain intact. Nothing is wrong with the fan; the way you fan is wrong. Keep the fan steady and move your head. Where is my fan at fault? The fault is yours, not that of my fan.”
This is the situation of humanity. Today’s human being is the product of a culture that is five, six or ten thousand years old. But the human being is blamed for being wrong, not the culture. Man is rotting, yet the culture is praised. Our great culture, our great religion…everything is great! And this human being is the fruit of it. But no: “Man is wrong and he should change himself.” And yet no one dares to stand up to question whether the culture and religion that have failed to fill humans with love in ten thousand years might themselves be wrong. And if love hasn’t evolved in the past ten thousand years, then what is the possibility, based on this same culture and this same religion, that love will ever fill humans in the future?
Something which could not be achieved in the past ten thousand years is not going to be attained in the coming ten thousand years either. Today’s human being will be the same tomorrow also. Human beings have always been the same and will remain the same and yet we go on shouting slogans praising this culture and religion, and praising the saints and holy men.
We are not even ready to consider that our culture and religion could be at fault.
I want to say to you that they are. And today’s human being is the proof. What other proof can there be? If we plant a seed and the fruit is poisonous and bitter, what does it prove? It proves that the seed must have been poisonous and bitter. Of course, it is difficult to foretell whether a particular seed will give bitter fruit or not. You may look it over carefully, press it or break it open, but you cannot predict for sure whether the fruit will be bitter. Sow a seed. A plant will sprout. Years will pass. A tree will emerge, it will spread its branches to the sky, it will bear fruit – and only then will you come to know whether the seed that was sown was bitter or not. Today’s human being is the fruit of those seeds of culture and religion that were sown ten thousand years ago and have been nurtured ever since. And the fruit is bitter; it is full of conflict and hatred.