When we see that society is crumbling, falling apart we try to fix society. Have you noticed that does not work? We can not reform society or reformulate it. It can not be done.
Gandhiji pointed out that society is not the same as the masses. The masses are simply a collection of individuals. We can reform, reformulate the masses but such change is not lasting. Social reformers have come and gone through the ages and yet suffering, violence, destruction have not lessened. They have increased.
Society comes out of relationship. It is what is created when there is relationship. Unless each individual is whole he or she can not be engaged in meaningful relationship. Split individuals create split relationships and so society itself, which is nothing other than relationship, is non-existent since there is nothing like a split society.
We do not have, at present, a society. We only have masses, big and small. A small mass controls all the resources and the large mass suffers passively and tries to get by by consuming consuming consuming all the time. The small mass gets richer while the large mass gets poorer.
But there is no relationship. So there is no society. This is the crisis of our time and its nature is economic since it is how we live and work that creates split individuals.
So the solution has to be economic. We need a new economics that can create wholeness in the individual so that individuals may have whole relationships. Then we will have what may truly be called a society. There will be no violence, no suffering, no price to pay at all.
This can happen. In our lifetime.
Posted by Abhay Burjor Ghiara at 12/29/2014