Om Shantih Shantih Shantih ~ 25

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event type discourse
date & time 16 Mar 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle SHANTI25
Reader of the questions: Ma Prem Maneesha.
Question 1 from Dr. Amrito
Beloved master, I have heard you say that the natural development of the human community is from the tribe to the family to the commune -- as a result of the unstoppable demand for individual freedom. Japan, which still functions with strong family and perhaps even tribal ties, is behind the United States in this progression.
Japan is now overtaking the United States as the world's leading economic power. The reason seems to be that the Japanese are able to work together better as a group. By contrast in areas that require individual brilliance the United States still excels.
When the United States destroyed Rajneeshpuram, the prototype of the commune, an environment which would provide the advantages of cooperative endeavor while satisfying the growth towards personal freedom, did they lose the chance of enjoying the best of both worlds? Has the United States lost the chance of moving ahead into the twenty-first century as the leading part of the world? Instead do North Americans face a future of social and economic malaise based on cultural disintegration that could have been so easily and so successfully guided by your vision?


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