Society cannot tolerate somebody who
is rebellious, because he will destroy the whole structure.
He may be right: Athens could not tolerate Socrates, not because he was wrong
-- he was absolutely right -- but Athens could not tolerate him because if he
had been tolerated then the whole structure of the society would have gone,
been thrown to the dogs; then the society could not have existed. So Socrates
had to be sacrificed to society.
And Jesus was crucified, not because whatsoever he was saying was wrong --
never have such true words been asserted on this earth -- but he was sacrificed
to the society because the way he was talking, the way he was behaving, was
dangerous to the structure.
Society cannot tolerate this so it will punish you.
But it also rationalizes: it says this is just to put you right, it punishes
you for your own good.
And nobody ever bothers whether that good is ever achieved or not. We have been
punishing criminals for thousands of years, but nobody bothers whether those
criminals are ever transformed through our punishment or not.
Criminals go on increasing: as prisons increase, prisoners increase; the more
laws, the more criminals; the more courts, the more punishments.
The result is absolutely absurd -- more criminality.
What is the problem? The criminal can also feel that it is a rationalization,
that he is punished for doing wrong -- really he is punished because he has
So he also has his rationalization: next time he has to be more cunning and
more clever, that's all.
This time he has been caught because he was not alert, not because he has done
Society proved more clever than him, so next time he will see -- he is going to
prove himself more cunning, clever, intelligent, and then he will not be
caught. A prisoner, a criminal who is punished always thinks that he is
punished, not for the thing he has committed, but because he has been caught.
So the only thing he is going to learn from the punishment is not to be caught
again. So whenever a prisoner comes out of prison he is a better criminal than
ever: he has lived with experienced people inside the prison, with more
advanced adepts who know much, who have been punished much and who have
suffered long -- who have been caught -- and who have been deceiving in many,
many ways; who are very advanced on the path of crime. Living with them,
serving them, becoming a disciple to them, he learns; he learns through
experience that next time he is not to be caught.
Then he is a better criminal.
Nobody is stopped by punishment, but society goes on thinking that it is
because the wrong has to be stopped that we punish. Both are wrong: society has
some other reason -- it takes revenge.
And the criminal, he also understands -- because egos understand each other's
language very easily, howsoever unconscious -- the criminal also thinks, "Okay, I will take revenge when my time comes, I will see." Then a
conflict exists between the criminal's ego and society's ego.
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