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Jiddu Krishnamurti on communal problem
Questioner: What can the average decent man do to put
an end to our communal problem?
Because, eventually the world's tendency will be more and more towards federation, towards a coming together, and not a constant breaking up. Surely, any decent person who really thinks about this situation - which is not merely Indian, but a world affair - must first be free from nationalism, not only in matters of state, but in thought, in action, in feeling.
After all, communalism is merely a branch of nationalism. Belonging to a particular country, to a particular race or group of people, or to a particular ideology tends more and more to divide people, to create antagonism and hatred between man and man. Obviously, that is not the solution to the world's chaos.
So, what each one of us can do is to be noncommunal; we can cease to be
Brahmins, cease to belong to any caste or to any country. But that is
very difficult because by tradition, by occupation, by tendency, we are
conditioned to a particular pattern of action, and to break away from it
is extremely hard. We may want to break away, but family tradition,
religious orthodoxy, and so on, all prevent us. It is only men of
goodwill who really seek goodwill, who desire to be friendly, and only
such men will free themselves from all these limitations which create
Friendliness is not brought about by compulsion, and to look to
compulsion, surely, is not the answer. So the way out of this is for
each one, for every individual, for you and me to break away from the
communal spirit, from nationalism. Is that not the only way out of this
difficulty? Because, as long as the mind and the heart are not willing
to be open and friendly, mere compulsion or legislation is not going to
solve this problem. So, it is obviously the responsibility of each one
of us, living as we do in a particular community, in a particular nation
or group of people, to break away from the narrow spirit of separatism.
elonging to any particular group, whether of social action or of political action, does create antagonism, separatism; and real revolution is not brought about by following any particular ideology because revolution based on ideology creates antagonisms at different levels and, therefore, is a continuation of the same thing. So this communal dissension, obviously, can come to an end only when we see the whole absurdity of separate action, of a particular ideology, morality, or organized religion - whether Christianity, Hinduism, or any other organized and limited religion.
Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti first talk in Bangalore, 1948
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