War: Absolute Necessity for Politicians
‘‘What is the best government?’’ a disciple
‘‘No government!" replied Osho, “The very idea of
somebody governing somebody else is inhuman. Government
is a game, the ugliest and the dirtiest game in the
world. But there are people in the lowest state of
consciousness who enjoy it: these are the politicians’’.
The only joy of a politician is to govern, to be in
power, to enslave people.
The greatest desire of all those who have reached the
peak of consciousness has been the dream that one day we
can get rid of all governments. That day will be the
greatest in the whole history — past, present, future
— of a human being, because getting rid of all
governments will mean destroying the ugliest game, the
game the politicians have been playing for centuries.
They have reduced a human being to just a chess piece,
and created so much fear that without government there
will be anarchy, disorder and chaos and everything will
be destroyed. And the strangest thing is that we go on
believing this nonsense.
Governments have not done anything for the people except
exploit them, exploit their fear and set them against
each other. Is this happening with the India - Pakistan
A continuity of war somewhere or the other on earth is
almost an absolute necessity for politicians to exist.
In his autobiography, Adolf Hitler has many insights on
this question; and he is a man worth understanding
because he is the purest politician — the dirtiest. He
said that war is an absolute necessity if you want to
remain in power. If you cannot create war people start
thinking of you as a nobody. Only in wartime are heroes
He was right. If you think of all the ‘heroes’ —
Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston
Churchill, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin and, of
course, Adolf Hitler they would have been diminutive
figures without the ‘wars’ to prop them up. The
bigger the war, the bigger the heroes it creates.
Hitler says that if you cannot create war then at least
continue to propagate the idea that war is coming. Never
leave people in peace because when they are in peace,
you are a nobody. They do not need you; your very
purpose does not exist. They need you when there is
danger. Create danger. If there is no real danger, at
least create the climate of a false danger.
Osho says that every country lives in the fear of every
other country. And it is nothing but a game of the
politicians. People themselves are exactly the same all
over the world — they do not want to be killed in wars
and they do not want to kill others in wars. But the
politician cannot exist without wars. Hence war is the
dirtiest game — because it feeds on human blood, the
bloodshed of millions of innocent people.
When someone says no government is the best government
he/she knows perfectly well that perhaps it will not
ever be possible. But it is better to have impossible
dreams but of a higher consciousness, of beauty and
love. If the idea continues to inspire people, some day
may come close to it. We may not be able to achieve it
totally— hence the closest to no government is one
government, which is not impossible. After achieving one
government, the next step which becomes very possible is
When this world has so many presidents, prime ministers,
kings and queens, and everyone is trying to prove that
he/she is the greatest, it becomes a game. However, with
one government it becomes functional; and nobody is
The whole joy of politics is in ‘‘the enemy’’.
When there is no enemy, then you are just working like
the Red Cross Society or the administrations of the post
offices or railways or airlines. We do not know, for
example, who runs the railway trains in America as he is
just a functional head.
And when there is one government we can make it
something like the United Nations. We can have a
President for two years instead of our/five years and
every region of the world is represented. One government
means that nations disappear and every unit becomes a
direct democracy which is functional, utilitarian and
not based on the lust for a power. This is Osho’s
vision in his discourse, ‘From Darkness to Light’ -
Governments to cease, only administrations to
Swami Chaitanya Keerti