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K: How do you create sensitivity in the boy who comes here after eating meat, smoking, all the filth he has collected? T: He has known insensitivity all his life. K: I know. Therefore what am I to do? And I don’t want to repeat it over and over; it is boring, irritating; it exhausts me. T: Not necessarily. K: It is to me; I don’t want to do it. T: But you’re interested in pointing out the habit, making it clear so that he understands it, sees it for himself. Why is it boring? K: I am attacking something much more important than short hair or long hair.

I’m saying that with the world changing as it is, I’m not sure what skills are necessary for survival, for helping out. Maybe thirty, forty, fifty years ago the subjects that we have selected as our structure were the right subjects, but I’m not so sure any more. I feel, at least, we could do a lot more in helping them understand what this society is, not to indoctrinate them or propagandize our point of view. The learning could be different. K: Tell me, I want to find out in what way it could be different.

To see this together. If we see it, or when we see it, or are learning to see it—that is better, learning to see it—in the very act of learning to see it, how do we convey this to the 42 student? I think we convey it when we are passionate about something, sirs. Right? (pause) Sirs, do we together see the reality, the truth, of no authority—together—not only superficially, but in depth; not to influence, not to put any pressure, but realizing that there must be order and all the rest of it? Do we together see the importance of this?

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