Individual and Society

Individual and Society

I believe in the formula that differentiates the possible and the impossible. At the individual level you can think and do what you want to, as there is no one to prevent you from doing so. But when it comes to the society or state, there are two parties: one is you and the second comprises those who make up the society. Thus, if you want to follow the ideal in your individual life, you can do so without facing any obstacle. But if you try to change the society or state, that is bound to create confrontation with others. In this sense, imposing a particular ideal on society is impossible. Because although you seek to establish an ideal system, the result would be conflict and violence. Therefore, if you want to opt for change in society or state, then you are involving yourself in an impossible endeavour. To make social change a reality, social will is necessary. If society is not willing to accept the change, you cannot enforce or implement your system on it, because that would lead to opposition and conflict. If you want society to change, you will first have to create social will in favour of your system through peacefully educating people. If there is no social will to accept your system, then practical change cannot be brought about at all.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
http://www.cpsglobal.org

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