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  • I think "profoundly sick" is overstating it a bit. People are confused, yes, and there are all sorts of reasons not to follow the crowd... "normal" by social standards has always been setting the bar pretty low, I think. Of course Krishnamurti wants to encourage people to see beyond the conditioning provided by social environments, which I agree with. He encouraged meditation, which I also agree with. He encouraged challenging preconceptions and beliefs, and again I agree. I think a wise person isn't really "adjusting" to society's ills, they're just learning to follow their own path, independent of what society is doing. Society becomes increasingly irrelevant, not the enemy or something to be overcome.
  • There are some sick aspects to our society for sure. The way to to adjust to it is to be independent enough to resist the sickness.
  • I think it depends on where one hangs out. There are sick places, very sick places, and ultra sick places. I'm not really sure if there are any "healthy" places exactly because it seems like all the good places eventually reveal themselves to be at least sick over time. Wherever one is, they still always have the choice how to think.
  • With the exception of various Utopian societies that have been created (though none were long-lasting) every society is profoundly sick because its members have varying goals and therefore pull in different directions. Soon the bullies and extremists take over and brainwash the weaker members and then the bullies/extremists vie among themselves to take over...and so it goes. :)
  • yes, it is a sick society and it always will be. suffering is part of the human experience. i doubt humanity as a whole will ever evolve into a higher consciousness where everyone within a society treats each other with compassion. although we have no control over others, we all have the power to choose how we conduct ourselves. whether one chooses to be an awakened individual and how one chooses to deal with suffering is his or her prerogative. "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ mahatma gandhi

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