The only way to help the world is to leave the world alone
The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Questioner (Q): Sir, why should I care about global warming or any political situation in a country? If the world is unreal, then why do all these things matter?
Acharya Prashant (AP): You don’t care about global warming. Do you?
Q: But still, why should anyone care about global warming?
AP: You forget about others because you do not know others. But you anyway don’t care about global warming, do you? So, from where is the question ‘Why should I care about global warming’ coming?
Q: Sir, then should I forget about it?
AP: You have already forgotten about it. Being what you are, do you have an option? You are asking as if you can care about global warming. Who can care about global warming? Global warming, remember, is nothing to be taken care of. You stop doing what you are doing and global warming will take care of itself. You don’t have to take care of global warming. What do you take care of? You only take care of yourself. When you take care of yourself that’s when global warming happens.
Please understand. Your question is: When the world does not exist, then why should I worry about the world and the world’s problems? But you anyway do not worry about the world’s problems. But you anyway cannot solve the world’s problems; neither do you want to solve the world’s problems.
The world’s problems are solved by not taking the world as real. Understand this: The world’s problems are solved by those who do not contribute to those problems. The world’s problems are not solved by those who take the world seriously. The world’s problems are actually solved by those who know that the world does not mean anything. Hence, leave the world to itself. If you can leave this earth to itself, will global warming be there?
When you know that all this doesn’t mean anything, then the world’s problems are taken care of. And that is the only way problems like global warming will be taken care of. When you know that, “I do not need to exploit the earth because all this doesn’t mean anything”; when you will know that, “I do not need to burn fossil fuels to…