Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, United States
Is it not aggressive to try and change the world to save it?
It is aggressive. Even the effort to change a single individual is aggressive. Who are you to decide what is right for a certain person? Who are you to decide that the world, if changed according to you, will be a better world?
It is taking upon yourself the role of a savior. It is a very unconscious way of dominating people – for their own sake, of course, so they cannot even rebel against you. Every parent is doing that to the children. For their own sake he is disciplining them, forcing them to do things that they don’t want to do, imposing a certain religion upon them without their consent. In every possible way their freedom is being cut. Less freedom, less individuality – and the moment the child becomes one hundred percent obedient, he has died.
In his disobedience was his life. In his rebellion was his being. And you cannot say that the intentions of the parents are wrong. I never suspect anybody’s intentions, but that is not the question at all. The question is what is the result? The intention is something inside you. You can have all good or bad intentions – just keep them to yourself. The moment you start acting on them, the good intentions are far more dangerous than the bad intentions – because a bad intention can immediately be retaliated, condemned, not only by the person you are imposing it on, but even by those who are eyewitnesses to it. But a good intention is very dangerous.
Both are doing the same work, destroying the freedom of the individual to be himself, so their nature is not in any way different. But against bad intentions rebellion is possible, and will be supported by everyone; but against good intentions rebellion becomes impossible. Everybody will be supporting the people of good intentions, who are destroying the individual. Nobody will come to his support.
It is none of our business to save the world. In the first place, we never created it. It is none of our responsibility where it goes and what happens to it. Our only responsibility is that while we are here, we live a life of joy, love, blissfulness. While we are here, our responsibility is to know who we are and what this life is all about. And the miracle is, in doing that you are already changing the world – without being aggressive.