Sunday, June 18, 2017

Individualism contradicts coexistence.

Human fulfilment could not result by sensitivity view (which proclaims human behaviour is based only on their ability to sense or feel) or by mechanistic view (which models human being like a machine).  The sensitivity view brings sensory function into focus.  No two individuals are exactly same in their sensory capabilities or tastes.  This entails dividing human beings based on their diverse tastes.  The sensitivity view therefore leads to individualism.   Consumerism that follows from the mechanistic view also leads to individualism.  Third view is idealism, inherited from tradition, which propagates devotion and renunciation.  There is no end to individualism here as well.  In this way because of individualism all great efforts of humankind, efforts even with most noble intentions, resulted only in failure.  Individualism contradicts coexistence.  It is the root cause of fragmentation in humankind.  Human living is sustainable only in the universal order of coexistence.  A simple recourse to living in the universal order of coexistence is by first living in harmony with other human beings.  This is the starting point for understanding to participate in the universal order of existence. 

- An excerpt from English translation of Jeevan Vidya - Ek Parichaya.

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