The Value of man to society

This book by Newell Dwight Hillis, is quite an interesting read if one can ignore his many god or Jeebus references.

I especially find it useful his treatment on the usefulness of books. I can understand his thinking that the bible is the best book ever written, given he was a church minister. When we last talked about books, I think friends mentioned several books that the bible or its promoters wouldn’t hold their own against. I encourage you, especially those who don’t read to start reading. Don’t read anything you lay your hands on, no, that will not be of help so much. I can’t help you choose what to read but I hope it will not be a useless tract as many of these are released almost daily. He writes

books also advantage us in that they exhibit the unity of progress, the solidarity of the race and the continuity of history.

People must learn the science of living with men, that is how to live in society with others. He writes man

stands in the center of many concentric circles. About himself, as a center sweeps the home circle; his immediate neighbourhood relations describe a wider circle; his business career describes one larger still; then come his relations to the wider community in general, while beyond the horizon is a circle of influence that includes the world at large.

It is to say that a man of great learning is one has mastered the art of getting along with himself and with others around him.

He mentions imagination as the architect of manhood, writes on the importance of memory in development of character and the use of right thinking among others.

I thought it was a good read, not one that I would recommend you must read though.

Question: Why does one feel the necessity of love?

KRISHNAMURTI: You mean why do we have to have love? Why should there be love? Can we do without it? What would happen if you did not have this so-called love? If your parents began to think out why they love you, you might not be here. They might throw you out. They think they love you; therefore, they want to protect you, they want to see you educated, they feel that they must give you every opportunity to be something. This feeling of protection, this feeling of wanting you to be educated, this feeling that you belong to them is what they generally call love. Without it, what would happen? What would happen if your parents did not love you? You would be neglected, you would be something inconvenient, you would be pushed out, they would hate you. So, fortunately, there is this feeling of love, perhaps clouded, perhaps besmirched and ugly, but there is still that feeling, fortunately for you and me; otherwise, you and I would not have been educated, would not exist.

Ninth Talk at Rajghat on Love and Loneliness by Krishnamurti