So in the lifetime of each of you, the decisive moment is going to come:
Either man commits suicide or, seeing that this is an absolute absurdity, man changes his consciousness. It often happens that under pressure people change – and there will never be again a greater pressure than is present today.
It is most probable that man will go through a transformation. In that sense my message is exactly at the right time: that nations should disappear, because it is nations who fight; religions should disappear, because it is religions who fight. The idea of races – of superiority and inferiority – should disappear, because that has been one of the causes of wars.
It is a time either to destroy the whole earth or to destroy all these arbitrary conceptions of nation, race, religion, and make the whole earth one humanity.
But I do not agree on one point with you. You say, “Have not You chosen to come precisely now, before these chaotic times the world is facing?”
I have not chosen anything. Perhaps existence has chosen me to be a vehicle to give you the message – but I have not chosen. I have disappeared long ago… and existence can speak through you only when you are not.
It is hoping against hope – but I still hope that the danger of global death will be the shock which awakens humanity. If man survives after this century, it will be a new man and a new humanity. One thing is certain:
Either man has to die or man has to change.
I cannot think that man will choose to die. The longing for life is so great… just to think that the earth has become dead – no trees, no humanity, no birds, no animals, no sea animals…. It is such a great crisis, because in the whole universe – it is only an assumption of the scientists that there may be life on fifty thousand planets, but there is no absolute evidence. It is just a mathematical and logical conclusion, but there is no scientific proof.
It is our earth.
As far as we know, only this earth is green, only this earth has flowers, only this earth has love; only this earth has produced people like Gautam Buddha; only this earth has birds which sing, people who dance, people who love. This is the only place in the whole universe where people search and seek for truth. To destroy it – for no particular reason at all – is such utter stupidity that I don’t think that the third world war is going to happen.
And if the third world war does not happen, that will mean a great change, a tidal change in human consciousness. We will see a new man, who is not Christian, not Hindu, who is not a Jew, who is not a Chinese, who is not an American. If all these trees can exist without being Christians and without being Hindus; if all these birds can exist without any boundaries of nations… and when a bird passes the boundary of India and enters into Pakistan, he does not need any entry visa, does not need even any passport….
Except for mankind, the earth is one. And it is only a question of raising human consciousness…. Nations can disappear, religions can disappear, discrimination can disappear; and with that, much crap will disappear. Politicians will not be of any use; priests will not be of any use; churches and temples and mosques will not be of any use. There are millions of people who don’t have homes, and God – who is just a lie – has millions of houses for himself.
We have lived in an insane way, and now it is a choice between insanity and sanity. If insanity wins, there will be no life at all. If sanity wins, life will become for the first time free from all superstitions, all boundaries, all divisions – one humanity, one earth; freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom to choose where you want to live.
It is our earth.
Osho, The Rebellious Spirit, Ch 12, Q 3 (excerpt)