By Jiddu Krishnamurti
"In this quantity, Krishnamurti takes nice care to clarify this necessity of a revolution inside of our attention the place the matter lies prior to we predict any form of innovative switch outdoors of ourselves. Krishnamurti posits that if the politicians and scientists desired to finish hunger on the planet it may be performed. "" it can be performed, yet they don't seem to be going to do it so long as their considering relies on nationalism, on reasons in their personal own revenue. or even if this far-reaching outward swap have been led to, it kind of feels to me that the matter is far deeper.""
""The challenge isn't in simple terms hunger, battle, the brutality of guy to guy; it's the drawback in our personal realization. essentially the matter lies within."""
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So before I begin to enquire why the mind must free itself from pride I must know what is wrong with pride. We will come back to it, but let us take something else first. Most of us have fear of some kind hidden in the corners of the mind; the fear of death, of what the neighbour will say, of losing one's job or not being able to fulfil. Now why does one want to get rid of fear? Can I think clearly when I am afraid? Obviously not. If I am afraid of what my neighbour is going to say then I am living according to the ideas of my neighbour because I want to be considered respectable in society.
So there is this contradiction. I am proud and at the same time I want to taste the beauty of humility. Of the two, which is real? Surely it is pride? The humility, the what I should be, in some imagined future may or may not come into being. So the problem is how to transform pride without bringing in any contradictory idea with which I hope to remove pride. I feel it is really very important to understand this because we all have this problem of effort; the effort in our work, in our thinking, in trying to change ourselves, the effort to bring about a different society, to resist hate, to get rid of fear, to know of love.
You are not really idealists, you are verbalists. An ideal is merely an escape from doing something actual. I am proud and I say that tomorrow, later on, I will be without pride. You will never be. So how am I to deal with the fact that I am afraid, that I am proud, that I am arrogant? Because, as I have said, what is important is the individual, not the mass. If the individual changes radically, the mass changes. It is not the other way round. No mass can be creative, produce a picture, write a poem or anything else.