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Jiddu Krishnamurti on Security
Question: Can there be absolute security for man in
The child must have physical security. Now, why do we
demand psychological security? There is the psyche, demanding security;
but is there psychological security at all? We want security in our
relationships - my wife, my children, the family unit. In that
attachment we think there is a certain security, but when we find that
there is no security there we soon break away and try to find it
In demanding psychological security we have divided ourselves: the Hindu, the Muslim, the Jew, the Arab, the believer in Jesus, the believer in something else - in all of them there is the demand for security.
Psychological security has been sought in these
illusions; the various illusions of being secure in Catholicism, in
Buddhism, in Hinduism, in Judaism, Islam and so on which have created
nothing but illusory securities because they are all fighting each
other. The moment you see this you do not belong to anything. When you
see the truth that the mind, or thought, has sought security in
illusions, that very perception brings intelligence.
There is conflict between the two and one has sought security in the one or the other. And then one realizes that they are both based on illusions. To see that, is intelligence; it is like seeing a danger. A man who is blind to danger is an idiot, there is something wrong with him. But one does not see the danger of these illusions in which one seeks security. The man in whom intelligence is in operation sees the danger.
In that intelligence there is absolute security. Thought has created all the various forms of illusion - nationalities, class, different gods, different beliefs, different dogmas, different rituals and the extraordinary religious superstitions that pervade the world - and in them it has sought security. And one does not see the danger of this security, of this illusion. When one sees the danger - not as an idea but as an actual fact - that seeing is intelligence, the supreme form of absolute security. So there is absolute security: it is to see the truth in the false.