Monday, January 13, 2014

Mankind's basic questions

Why is there so much friction in the world today, when we have so much technology and thousands of years of wisdom behind us?

A friend's FB question (on a different line) prompted this content.

When man started off, he lived in small groups, not more than 150 when they tended to drift away. We can safely assume that this was his 'natural' state of being, as nature made the first version of man thus. All property was shared. The cave, the stones, the tools, the bones (of animals killed), the animal fur used as clothing, everything. No husbands, no wives. Only a community. Some natural affinity must have existed between specific pairs, otherwise raising kids would have been a problem. But that was it. Since food was always a problem to find, man had no time to think of anything else. (Reflections of these situations are found in today's world problems).

This went on for tens of thousands of years. Man was perfectly well suited to it, and then came development!

Agriculture - settlements - surplus food - birth of law, morality, marriage - and the whole concept of a tribe growing into a settlement, into a village, into a city, and into a State.

Communism saw the inherent problem of resources getting cornered by a few talented. That is how nature perhaps made it. So Marx brutally cut everything down to communal ownership where talent would take the individual only thus far.

This appalled the West, which had never heard of such brutal downsizing of individual greed motive. Hence, the aggressive posturing of 20th century capitalist expansion.

India through its assimilation based approach made a constitution best suited to its situation. But for a nation so diverse, obviously the perfect solution does not exist.

Main questions that need addressing:

  • Can man ever avoid resource concentration, in the present surplus economy
  • What is the ideal population of this world where everyone will have everything they need and a lot of what they want?
  • Do we need nations?
  • Can we not cut down all military and save trillions of dollars (enough to achieve the above goal)?
  • Do we need separate governments, or one single world government is good enough?
  • Should the trade philosophy of WTO (zero tariffs, free movement of men, capital etc.) be spread to the social-political sphere through UN?
Now imagine a future (and I feel a certainty maybe 200 years from now), when man starts colonising Mars (or any other planet, or the Moon). How would you set the ground rules there for the next 10000 years of humanity to follow?

I guess the core issue finally remains : What is man's nature all about? What does he really want? Where did he come from, and what does his perception of the world through his 10 senses tell him?

Vedic and Upanishadic thinkers beautifully addressed many of these core questions, till the material forces took over.

What route we take from here, is precisely the question the protagonist Neo posed to the audience at the end of the first of Matrix trilogy, when he took flight.


nitesh said...

Sir My perception is that it is irrelevant to talk about the future in next 200 years, our focus must be on how to fulfill needs of the present generation without affecting the resources of the coming generation,we must understand the basic law we cant achieve the infinite growth in the finite resources we are blindly following the trend ex. we want to replace our phone every year or in months,we were flooding with information overload may be i sounds like communist but we must produce jobs related to nature,animals & agriculture. if we able to increase food production & animal products we may create jobs for millions of people. Urban agriculture is the field for research and innovation.we have to responsible for our surroundings.

Unknown said...

Sir, It's all about the expectations & desire of people, hopefully which is never ended so it is not argueable that we should try our best today rather than focusing what what can happen in upcoming time.

Unknown said...

Sir, there is need to change the way society thinks, our focus must be to fulfill everyone's needs and to some extent(well defined & measured) their wants and not to fulfill everyone's desires.And this way we can cut down on unnecessary things.

Yogesh Shrivastava said...

In this era, peoples are very bewildered. They don't know Who are they?
They got stuck in the mesh of the Material World.
They think this material world is everything nothing else.
Today, No person asks:
Who am I?
Where did I come?
Why did I come?
because, he/she doesn't think outside of this Material world.
Today man's nature is all about enjoy.
he really want peace.
But how can he get this after forget the SUPREME PERSONALITY.
Everyone should read Shrimad Bhagvatam, Gita, Ramayana.
In These divine granth all answers exists.

The supreme personality of godhead is KRISHNA.
We are a soul.
We only want to go back to the supreme lord.
We are the krishna's servant only.

We wanted enjoy like Krishna then Krishna send us on the earth but
after come on to the earth we forgot Krishna, the supreme.

Hence my perception about this world is:
This is the material world.
I don't want to envolve in this world and I want to go back to Lord Krishna hence
I am working in that direction but without food we can not live hence I want to earn
sufficient money after the study so that I can alive but by offer everything
to God I will reach near to the Lord.
this is my perception about this world but everyone should follow it because this is real
truth. What our eyes see that is not only truth. Only truth is Lord Krishna.
In all Granth, a very simple way is given to reach the supreme personality in the kaiyuga
and that way is CHANTING of the name.
कलियुग केवल नाम अधारा..
सुमर-सुमर नर उतरहि पारा...
in Kalyug there is only a way to do naam jaap of God,
to sail from the deep sea of the material and mortal world.