Krishnamurti quotes on Responsibility
possible to be responsible for the whole of mankind, and therefore responsible
for nature? That is, is it possible to answer adequately, totally to your
children, to your neighbor, for all the movement that man has created in
his endeavor to live rightly. And to feel that immense responsibility, not
only intellectually, verbally, but very deeply, to be able to answer to
the whole human struggle of pain, brutality, violence and despair? To respond
totally to that,
one must know what it means to love.
That word love has been so misused,
so spoilt, so trodden upon, but we will have to use that word and give to
it a totally different kind of meaning. To be able to answer to the whole
there must be love. And to understand that quality, that compassion, that
extraordinary sense of energy, which is not created by thought, we must
understand suffering. When we use the word understand, it is not a verbal
or intellectual communication of words, but the communication or communion
that lies behind the word. We must understand and be able to go beyond suffering,
otherwise we cannot possibly understand the responsibility for the whole,
which is real love.
So, to understand this responsibility
for the whole, and therefore that strange quality of love, one must go beyond
suffering. What is suffering? Why do human beings suffer? This has been
one of the great problems of life for millions of years. Apparently very
few have gone beyond suffering, and they become either heroes or saviors,
or some kind of neurotic leaders, and there they remain. But ordinary human
beings like you and me never seem to go beyond it. We seem to be caught
in it. And we are asking now whether it is possible for you to be really
free of suffering."
"Talks in Saanen", 1974
Religion, politics, society are exploiting you, and you are being conditioned by them; you are being forced in a particular direction. You are not human beings; you are mere cogs in a machine. You suffer patiently, submitting to the cruelties of environment, when you, individually, have the possibilities of changing them.
1933-12-30 2nd Public Talk, Adyar, Madras, India