Every woman knows moments when she starts throwing tantrums; the tantrums cannot be coming out of maturity. Every man knows that whenever he feels nervous, he starts smoking. Now, smoking cannot help in any way, but it diverts your mind from nervousness. Only nervous people smoke. And you can watch: some days you smoke more; some days you smoke less. The days you smoke more are the days when you are very tense, worried, very much in anguish. The world is too much. You are feeling so nervous that you want to divert your mind to something, something uncomplicated, something not involving anybody else – because that could bring more complications. The cigarette is very innocent and very soothing, because it has a chemical like the one in tea and coffee, which gives a certain soothing effect of the moment.
And more specifically, smoking has a resemblance to a deep-rooted remembrance of drinking milk at your mother’s breast. The breast has almost the same warmth, the milk is warm just as the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is warm. The cigarette or cigar have the same feel on your lips as the nipples of your mother, and the smoke is flowing inside you just like the milk through the nipple. You have fallen back into childhood: those golden days when there were no anxieties, no problems, no worries. So whenever you feel nervous, you start looking for your cigarette. When you are not nervous – when you are feeling happy and blissful and joyous – you completely forget all about cigarettes. All smokers are retarded people, so the retarded people are in the majority in the world.
And there are other substitutes. You may not be smoking and you may think, “I’m not retarded because I use chewing gum.” And it is worse than cigarettes – chewing gum! You are not only retarded, you are stupid, engaged in an activity which is absolutely useless, uncreative, unnecessarily tiring your mouth and your teeth. But it proves Charles Darwin was right. Although scientists have tried in many ways to disprove the theory of evolution proposed by Charles Darwin, the theory has such psychological significance that even if it is proved wrong, its significance cannot be destroyed.
Just watch a monkey. He cannot sit in one posture, he cannot sit on one branch. The whole day he is continually chewing this or that, eating this or that.. From the time he wakes up in the morning till he goes back to sleep, he is chewing something. Perhaps man is not yet completely free from his animal heritage – although he walks on two legs, that does not make much difference. As far as I know, monkeys don’t think that you have evolved, developed, gone forward further than them. They laugh at the very idea. They think you have fallen from the trees. And they have substantial reasoning behind it. You are no longer as strong as a monkey; you cannot live in trees, you cannot go on jumping from one tree to another tree for miles. You have lost the beauty of the body that the monkey has. Just because you started walking on two legs…
Monkeys think, “Poor fellows…those few monkeys can’t make it living in the trees” – because it is a very challenging life, risky, full of danger – “those cowards have got down onto the earth and started walking on two legs. Not only that, to hide their cowardice, they are proposing a theory of evolution!” No monkey agrees with the theory of evolution.