Human societies may prevent the man to exceed the limits of violence that may be unsafe for him; but, they, more often, act as impedance in his efforts for his good. At times, it becomes difficult to make out if human societies are a necessary evil, or a sinister good.
Most living being, instinctively learned to live together to improve the chances of their survival; the man also must have done it for the same reason. But, living together does not make a society. The essence of society is in its ability to facilitate living together. Man’s mind, intellect and ego often prompt him to exceed the safe limits of indulging in the affairs of his life. The human societies, perhaps, assumed their form with human intentions to regulate his indulgence. It was rightly thought that man is prone to make mistakes; but, what was undermined that those who were inclined to rectify the errors of the past, not being in the majority, needed some freedom and many opportunities to experiment with man’s social life.
It is highly unlikely that the great thinkers of the past who had been much concerned about the good of the mankind omitted to include any system that enabled the man to change. In fact, the institutions of education and that of the taking care of the people and governing them dutifully with an intention of maintaining the thought of justice and that of the universal order were the two powerful tools given in the hands of the man that could have ensured enough freedom and opportunities to him through experiencing and experimenting to bring about necessary changes from time to time and for all times to come.
Unfortunately, man highlighted the restrictive role of the societies to limit man’s indulgence; and, relegated to the background its creative role of perpetual exploration of the new and rejuvenation of that got degenerated.
If the teachers and rulers fail to perform their duties rightly and righteously the human societies are bound to crumble under excessive pressure of human indulgence, notwithstanding their coercive power or religious strength.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]