Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Freedom from the Known by J Krishnamurti

Freedom from the Known
by J Krishnamurti

Rider Books, 2010

Review by Ramona Wadi

"A confident man is a dead human being." Krishnamurti's philosophy is a departure from the conventional. Shattering the illusions of authority and subservience, the reader is enticed to meditate about an alternative concept of freedom.

The definition of our existence is characterised by the  burdens imposed on humanity by authority, and the values which humanity is expected to acquire. Humanity is conditioned to think, rationalise and split existence into categories, reducing the natural state of freedom to an illusion smothered under the necessities of alienation.

Knowledge itself may become another facet of authoritarian violence - the endless reverberations on the definition of poverty and wisdom are an acceptable rationale which multitudes fail to question. Humanity has fallen prey to its own perception of knowledge and freedom without delving further into epistemology. Access to knowledge that has been tarnished by authorities is tainted with violence and conditioned by the collection of memory. However, as Krishnamurti states, "Humility comes into being when there is a total ending of conceit."

Krishnamurti's words do not seek to impose, but rather promote an innovative approach to life, void of violence and rancour, embracing the humility that can only occur when people manage to perceive themselves without fear.

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