BELOVED OSHO, MOST PEOPLE, RIGHTLY OR
WRONGLY, EQUATE DEMOCRACY WITH THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THEIR POLITICIANS, YET YOU
SEEM TO ENVISAGE A COUNTRY WHICH IS BOTH DEMOCRATIC AND POLLUTION-FREE, BECAUSE
YOU SEE POLITICIANS AS POLLUTION. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Just the very existence of nations, countries dividing humanity into stupid
parts, is the whole game of the politician.
And this I call pollution.
It is poison to humanity.
That's why you don't see really authentically alive people in the world. You
are asking, "People generally understand democracy to mean the freedom to
choose politicians." Do you see the idiotic understanding of the people?
It is choosing between poisons.
The bottles contain the same poison -- on one is written "Democratic," on another is written "Republican." Politicians have been befooling you. They have managed the whole strategy in
such a way that you never become aware what is happening.
You choose one kind of poison for five years; for those five years you have to
suffer that poison. After five years you are fed up with this kind of poison.
You change to another bottle -- Republican, Liberal, Democratic, Communist,
Socialist. They are all available in all shapes and sizes, whatsoever suits
But you will fall in the same ditch.
Maybe there are minor differences between poisons, but poison is poison. I do
not see democracy as the freedom to choose between the politicians. To me,
democracy means there are no longer any politicians around.
You individually choose somebody you feel is the right person; there are no
political parties. In a real democracy, political parties cannot exist; there
is no reason why they should exist. People are intelligent enough to choose on
The politician need not go and convince the people, "I am the right person
and the other is wrong." And the other is also doing the same, and the
poor people in their utter confusion somehow choose somebody. I have never
voted in my life, for the simple reason that all those politicians and
political parties are basically the same.
They want to exploit you, oppress you.
And it is a good strategy that after five years when you get fed up with one
party, you can choose another. People's memory is not very strong.
So for five years it is the Republican party sucking you, doing everything that
is wrong, deceiving you and the whole world.
After five years, it is the Democratic party doing the same thing behind a
different label. And when for five years the Democratic party is ruling, you
get fed up with them, and you forget completely that those Republicans had done
the same before.
Five years is enough time for people to forget. And you go on moving between
OshO: From the False to the Truth
Chapter title: Persecution cannot do any harm to you
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