Have the People in Power Been Trained for It?


Why do we put people in power who have had no training in it? A wise man once said that the urge to become a politician should be enough to disqualify a person from so doing, yet the power-hungry continue to seek election.

Osho proposes shifting the power from the politicians to the intelligentsia.

“How can you choose a president by election? How can you choose a governor by election? You are giving so much power to power-hungry people; with your own hands you are telling them to hang you! This is not democracy. In the name of democracy these people have been exploiting the masses.

“Just to make a distinction I am calling my system meritocracy. But merit for what?

“The merit is to serve and share. And once you have decided to shift the power from the politicians to the intelligentsia, everything is possible – everything becomes simple.

“Then I want every university to have two compulsory institutions, because that is the way I would like the people who are going to be powerful to be prepared.

“Right now, up to now, for thousands of years you have never prepared anybody. If somebody is going to be a boxer you don’t just push him into the ring and say, ‘Start!’ He has to learn. If somebody is going to be a swordsman, it will take him years. Otherwise he won’t even know how to hold the sword – using it and fighting with it will be impossible. First he will have to find out how to take it out from its sheath, how to hold it. It needs training. You don’t just give a guitar to somebody who has never seen the instrument before and expect him to be a Yehudi Menuhin or a Ravi Shankar.

“Now this is your fault: these people who are in power, have you trained them? Has anybody ever thought that the people who will be holding so much power need some certain qualities so that they don’t misuse power? It is not their fault.

“So I propose two institutes in every university. One institute is for deprogramming. Anybody who gets a graduation certificate will first have to get a clearance certificate from the deprogramming institute – which means it has deprogrammed you as a Christian, as a Hindu, as a Mohammedan, as a Jew… because this has been our trouble.

“And four years is enough time. Deprogramming does not take that much time; just a few hours a month for four years and you will be deprogrammed. And you will not get any certificate from the educational institute unless you are cleared by the deprogramming institute that ‘this man is now simply a human being. He is no longer a Christian, no longer a Hindu, no longer a Mohammedan, no longer a Jew.’

“The second institute will be an institute for meditation, because just deprogramming is not enough. Deprogramming takes rubbish from you, but you are left empty – and it is difficult to be empty; you will start gathering rubbish again. You cannot manage by yourself to learn how to live joyfully with your emptiness. That’s the whole art of meditation.

“So on the one hand the deprogramming institute cleanses you, empties you, makes you a vacuum; and the meditation institute goes on helping you to enjoy your nothingness, your emptiness, your inner vacuum its cleanliness, its freshness. And as you start enjoying it you start feeling that it is not empty at all, it is full of joy. It looked empty at first because you were accustomed to having so much rubbish in it, and that rubbish has been removed so you say it looks empty.

“It is just like a room full of furniture: you have always seen it full of furniture; then one day you come and all the furniture is removed and you say, ‘The room looks empty.’ The room is not empty, the room is simply clean. The room is roomy for the first time. It was cluttered before, burdened, full of rubbish; now it is pure space.

“You have to learn meditation to enjoy your emptiness.

“And that is one of the greatest days in life – when a person starts enjoying emptiness, aloneness, nothingness.

“Then nobody can reprogram you, nobody in the world.”

Osho, From Misery to Enlightenment, Talk #8

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