Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Cultural glory

Swami Vivekananda wanted us to be aware of the significance of our culture. In those days when the the theory of 'Survival of the Fittest' and its adherents were praised, he pointed out that India has survived in spite of not forcing herself on others,
- the fittest alone survive. How is it, then, that this most unfitted of all races, according to commonly accepted ideas, could bear the most awful misfortunes that ever befall a race, and yet not show the least signs of decay? How is it that, while the multiplying powers of the so called vigorous and active races are dwindling every day, the immortal Hindu shows a power of increase beyond them all? Great laurels are due, no doubt, to those who can deluge the world with blood at a moment's notice; great indeed is the glory of those who, to keep up a population of a few millions in plenty, have to starve half the population of the earth, but is no credit due to those who can keep hundreds of millions in peace and plenty, without snatching the bread from the mouth of anyone else? Is there no power displayed in bringing up and guiding the destinies of countless millions of human beings, through hundreds of centuries, without the least violence to others? (CWSV, vol. IV, pp. 323-24.)