Only the society says the society is supreme

Acharya Prashant
3 min readFeb 16, 2023

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Question: Sir, we are social beings. If we want to act freely, and intelligently on our own, then rest of the society goes against us. Sir, is it morally correct to follow our intelligence, or being conditioned according to society is correct? I don’t think it is morally correct to…

Acharya Prashant (AP): You are saying that going against society may be wrong. And who told you this?

You have the answer. Someone has said that the brain told me that I am the most important organ in the body. Then I realized who was saying this.

Who is saying this?

Listeners (everyone): Brain

AP: If society itself has told you that remain my slave, then why should you be bothered?

Listener 1 (L1): Sir, but then it implies that absolutely there is nothing right or wrong.

AP: Obviously! The only right is to act as per your intelligence; the only wrong is to lead an unconscious and wasteful life. Nothing else is right or wrong, nor those ethics and codes of conduct that you have been taught. They all are means to keep you chained.