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There is only one goal. That is to be whole again.

There is only one goal. That is to be whole again. How human beings live and work determines whether they remain whole or are split. ...

11/22/10

There is a scene in Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man For Himself in which a woman is slapped repeatedly for saying 'I will not choose,' as a race car painted with signs advertising Marlboro Cigarettes pulls up. Living in our times I often feel like that woman in the movie. We are supposedly living at a time of great choice and that choice itself has been raised to the status of a god. We are happy because we have choice. But what really are we choosing? Is a choice between one worthless shiny trinket and another really a choice? Or is it that in making our daily choices of mass produced gadgets, gimmicks, and genetically altered foods we numb ourselves of the consciousness of a real meaningful interconnected life with a real human web of relationships?

Krishnamurti said

Where there is choice, there is no freedom. And choice exists only when the brain is confused. When the brain is clear, then there is no choice, but only direct perception and right action.*

'I will not choose,' Godard's woman seems to say, when the choice is a not a meaningful choice at all. Give me a whole life and I will not need 'choice,' she seems to say and Life sponsored by Marlboro or some other Corporate entity slaps her for it. That was Godard's indictment of modern man in 1979. How will we respond to that today?

* The Benediction is Where You Are: The Last Bombay Talks 1985. Chennai: Krishnamurti Foundation India, 2001, p 20.

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