Chapter 1 ♦ The Qualities of the Child
Osho's beginning words sets the mood of this first chapter — that of "childhood innocence".
It is the child's experience that haunts intelligent people their whole life. They want it again — the same innocence, the same wonder, the same beauty. It is now a faraway echo; it seems as if you have seen it in a dream.
A quick search for childhood innocence adds some perspective . . . From: the Harvard Gazette:
“Ever since innocence entangled with childhood, that connection has always been raced,” said Bernstein. “It was not just any childhood, it was specifically white childhood that was entangled with innocence. This entanglement was a way of excluding non-white children from innocence and from childhood. Popular culture suggested that if they weren’t innocent, then they weren’t children. If they weren’t white, they weren’t innocent.”
License to Kill a thought experiment
There are rules and conditions, for example:
■ A License to Kill is required.
■ The License to Kill requires a fee to be paid.
— A sliding scale depending upon who is being killed.
— Cheap for a bum, more expensive for fat-cats.
— A bum being in most people's price range.
Imagine a world of psychopaths and the consequent absence of conscience.
■ But you still hear a small voice (atrophic conscience) telling you killing another person is wrong.
Imagine being asked, "you haven't killed anybody yet, why not?
■ What would be your answer?
■ Maybe you'd reply, "I haven't met the right person," or "I can't afford it yet."
To reply, "Because it is wrong!" would classify you as being 'crazy'.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not
"He who complains has already lost." (LINK)
"Only recently in the West have we become aware that the
greatest slavery is that of the child. It was never thought of before;
it is not mentioned in any scripture of the world." — Osho
|Chapter 3 ♦ Conditioning|
The third chapter leads off asking about a child's right to privacy and freedom from parental conditioning. Osho seems to believe that this question is a "fundamental problem facing humanity today".
He then asserts that the "future depends upon how we solve it." A rhetorical answer to a rhetorical question, however Osho seems to believe this question has never been asked in times past.
The greatest slavery
is that of the child.
■ The claim that "man has come of age," may or may not be true.
■ The maturity to face new problems he sees as inherent in man's coming
of age has yet to be proven.
Leading the second paragraph, Osho makes the observation:
Slowly, slowly, as man progressed, he became aware of many kinds of slavery. Only recently in the West have we become aware that the greatest slavery is that of the child.
This situation, unknown in the past, now because "psychological insight has deepened into the human mind and its functioning." we are for the first time, able to discern this rather obvious condition of childhood.
Due to this recent psychological understanding, now:
. . . it has become absolutely clear that the child is the most exploited person; nobody has been exploited more than the child.