Question : Have you a message for the Press?
Osho – Certainly. The press should be absolutely free, and the
freedom of press includes television, radio, and all news media. Nothing
should be in the control of the government, because government has all
the powers, and individuals have no powers. Who is going to fight for
them, and who is going to protect them against the government?
The press to me is more important than the politicians. But it is
important only if it is free. For example in this country, the press has
not fought that the television should not be government owned, that the
radio should not be government owned. They should be public enterprises.
Then the press can fight for individuals who have no power, but the
press can give them great power.
I was myself once an editor, and I resigned from the post because
everything has to be pro-government. Truth is not the criterion. The
poor individual is not to be protected. Government is already powerful
and press also joins with government. That was one reason I resigned. I
said, “I will say what I feel is the truth, whether it goes against
government or anybody.”
Second thing I found, that they are not interested in any good news.
They are interested only in rapes, murders, suicides, divorces, scandal.
And I told them that these are dangerous. There may be a million men,
and only one man rapes, and he becomes news. What about the remaining?
I told to my owner of the press, that a man has confessed in France that
he killed an stranger whom he had never seen. He killed him, he was
sitting on the beach, from behind. Even while killing he had not seen
him. There was no enmity, but he wanted to be a celebrity, his photos
all over the press, and he has achieved his goal.
So giving prominence to evil, you are supporting evil. Rather than
raising the consciousness of the people, rather than being teachers, you
are simply following their lower instincts. You are not serving
humanity. You are poisoning humanity. I cannot do that. It does not
matter that a man commits suicide. In four billion people around the
world, if a man commits suicide, so what? You cannot find anything else
Those four billion people must be doing thousands of things, somebody
must be making a beautiful painting. That should be on the first page.
Somebody should be carving a statue, that should be on the first page.
But your first page is devoted to criminals and politicians, who are
really two sides of the same coin. In my definition, the successful
criminal becomes the politician and the unsuccessful politician becomes
criminal; so there is not much difference.
Politicians should be thrown to the fourth page, and they should not be
given importance. Who is making them great? Adolph Hitler was retarded,
he could not pass any examination, he was refused from art academy,
architecture academy, wherever he applied he failed in the admission
examination. And this man became world’s one of the greatest leaders.
Who made him? If the press had simply ignored him, there would have been
no second world war. More than Adolf Hitler, the press is responsible.
Life consists of both things, roses and thorns, but why pay so much
attention to thorns? Roses should be brought to the people. It is a
psychological revolution. If a person reads everyday about evil, slowly
slowly he feels evil is the way of life. Slowly slowly he feels that
even if he commits it, there is no big deal. Everybody is doing it.
And the good is ignored. The readers think that good does not happen
anywhere because there is no news. They have even created a proverb,
that “No news is good news.” That should be changed, “Bad news is no
news. Only good news is the news.”
In California universities they have conducted a one-year survey, that
why evil fluctuates; sometimes it reaches a height, sometimes it falls
down? And they were surprised that whenever there is a boxing match,
evil rises to thirteen percent than the normal; and it continues at
least for one week before it normalizes again. Rapes happen, murders
happen, suicides happen. If boxing is creating thirty percent raise in
the evil, then boxing should be absolutely stopped. It is the criminal
really. And no newspaper should report about boxing. It is ugly, but
that ugliness gives people that you can also be ugly. To be ugly is not
News media has to play a great and important role. First, freedom from
government; second ignoring the bad, which is very minute compared to
the good; and thirdly, creating a forum for each problem to be openly
discussed. And the whole news media can be involved in it, in open
discussion. That is human; it is not human that holding a sword in your
hand and KORAN in your other hand and telling “You can choose.” This is
not argument. This does not prove that the KORAN is right. It simply
proves that the man does not want to die.
Things have changed. Christians are also coming in one hand bread, in
another hand BIBLE. But to satisfy one’s hunger is not giving
intelligence, is not giving the right to choose what is good and what is
wrong. Whether the BIBLE is wrong or right, hunger cannot decide it.
The press has a great responsibility, but man has come of age. These are
primitive methods of deciding who is right. We have intelligence, we can
argue, we can go to the subtlest argument, and the whole press should be
available. And out of that argument, a conclusion which will be more
unanimous, not mine or not somebody else’s, will come out.
News media is the very soul of the century. Right now it is not so. It
only creates sensationalism, it only fulfills people’s demands. In
economics they have a theory, wherever there is demand there is supply.
The news media is doing that. Whatever people demand, if they demand
pornography, supply pornography because there is market.
I want to change that rule. I want to reverse it. I want to say
“Wherever there is supply, demand is bound to be created.” Don’t go on
fulfilling the demand, because the demand is coming from the lowest
strata of the society. Supply from the highest intelligentsia of the
society, and create the demand. And I know it happens, even against all
When there was no car, nobody was demanding for it. The moment car
arrived, supplies arrived before; and now millions of people are owning
cars. If that can happen in things, why it cannot happen in thoughts?
So my message to the news media is that you are not behaving
responsibly. You are not taking care of humanity. You are simply
exploiting people by supplying them whatsoever they want.
Source – from Osho Book “The Last Testament, Vol4′
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