The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Question: Acharya Ji, in breaking the law we think that we come out from our daily routines. Does our society allow us that?
Acharya Prashant (AP): How old are you?
Questioner(Q): Twenty years.
(Acharya Ji is addressing a gathering of young students at one of the premier educational institutions of India).
AP: Most of you here would be between eighteen and twenty-one years of age. You are not eight years of age, and you are not eighty years of age. You are neither eight, when you don’t have your brain cells yet fully made, when you are yet dependent upon everybody else, neither you are eighty yet when you don’t have any physical vigor or stamina left. You are young. You like to call yourself ‘young’. Is that a question a young man should ask?
Is that a question a young man should ask — “Will the society allow me?” (Referring to the Holistic Development Program (HIDP) conducted by Acharya Ji’s Foundation, in educational institutions) Your facilitator last semester would have surely recommended one particular book to many of you, ‘The Fountainhead.’ Many of you might also have read it.
AP: The protagonist there, ‘Howard Roark’, he is a student in an architecture college. Fiercely individualistic. Fiercely. He is about to be expelled from his college because he would not subscribe to the type of designs being recommended by his professors. He says, “No, all that is outdated. Today different types of designs for buildings are needed.”
So there is this conversation between him and the Dean of the college. He has been expelled, but the Dean has called him in his office to give him another chance. He thinks that Roark will come and submit apologies, and the Dean will get a chance to forgive him and take him in again because Roark is otherwise a very talented student.
Now, when Dean is talking to Roark, Roark is totally non-submissive. So the Dean asks him, “For all that you are saying, who will allow you to build these crazy designs?” The Dean thinks that the designs made by Roark are crazy, that they are impractical, that they are ahead of the times.