A World-State Winds Up As a Static, Non-Evolving Mechanism

Sri Aurobindo has posited that the development of a World-State through political, economic and organisational means eventually takes on the management of all the affairs of life, including the issue of individual free development of thought and action.  Failure to do so leaves it open to forces that could eventually undermine its authority.  Such a line of action, however well-meaning in intent initially, has long-term consequences about which Sri Aurobindo has warned:

“What would the World-State do with this kind of free thought?  It might tolerate it so long as it did not translate itself into individual and associated action; but the moment it spread or turned towards a practical self-affirmation in life, the whole principle of the State and its existence would be attacked and its very base would be sapped and undermined and in imminent danger.  To stop the destruction at its root or else consent to its own subversion would be the only alternatives before the established Power.  But even before any such necessity arises, the principle of regulation of all things by the State would have extended itself to the regulation of the mental as well as the physical life of man by the communal mind, which was the ideal of former civilisations.  A static order of society would be the necessary consequence, since without the freedom of the individual a society cannot remain progressive.  It must settle into the rut or the groove of a regulated perfection or of something to which it gives that name because of the rationality of the system and symmetrical idea of order which it embodies.  The communal mass is always conservative and static in its consciousness and only moves slowly in the tardy process of subconscient Nature.  The free individual is the conscious progressive: it is only when he is able to impart his own creative and mobile consciousness to the mass that a progressive society becomes possible.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part Two, Chapter 27, The Peril of the World-State, pp. 241-242

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