Traditional Man placed his trust on either monarchies or religions, whereas Modern Man places his trust in either politicians or technology. In other words, both sets of men believe(d) that some separate, external person, idea or material object would lead to their satisfaction and fulfillment. The problem with both the Traditional and the Modern viewpoint is that man is still a slave in both cases! Either man is looking to a form of government, a religion, a politician or technology as their savior and protector. Man, in both the days of old and of new, refuses to place their trust in themselves. They’d rather look to an external factor that is separate from their own being. The Traditional Man and the Modern Man have at least one thing in common, in that both sets of men continue to refuse to be true individuals.
Since we are in the final stages of the Kali Yuga, I propose that mankind abandon their eons of submission and look to themselves as saviors and protectors! Not themselves as in human beings in general, but themselves as an introspective individual. Your own salvation and fulfillment lie within you. Stop believing that some other person or force can satisfy your life and bring you inner peace. In this new era, mankind must look within themselves individually – they must not place their trust in any other external factor, or at least, if they do place trust in something besides themselves, make sure it is a trust that is prone to skepticism and, if need be, a weak trust that can be easily broken if the circumstances require it too. What I mean by this is that Traditional Man and Modern Man had or has been so indoctrinated into believing that they are not capable of achieving things by their own will that any person who says government, religion, or technology cannot save us is viewed as being a lunatic. The idea that a man can ‘save himself by himself’ is an unpopular one. Even the American conservatives and libertarians, who seem to pride themselves (naively that is) on individualism and self-sufficiency – they too are merely slaves to the idea that religion (conservatives) or an economic system like capitalism (libertarians) can bring about the fulfillment of their being. They still place their trust in something external to themselves!
The final stages of the Kali Yuga shall therefore be stages dedicated to the individual! I do not wish to classify this as ‘individualism’ because that would imply subscribing to another idea (individualism itself seems to have a very western-esque dogma to it). No, this is not individualism that I promote but the individual himself! Place your trust in no one but yourself. Politicians, religion, technology and materialism – these things cannot and will not fulfill you – if anything, they will bring either a false illusion or a fleeting, momentary happiness that will leave you wanting for more.