Picture yourself in total darkness. All you know is that you’re standing or sitting on solid ground.
You feel your way slowly and carefully along this surface until you encounter an obstacle or a
vacancy, every one of which you examine and familiarize yourself with.
Your survival depends on your ability to familiarize yourself with your environment. The more familiar you are with your environment, the less likely you are to bump into a wall or fall into a hole. So called “successful people” are those more familiar with the world they live in than most others in that world. Success is mastering your environment; making it work for you - not against you.
In the civilized world, you must familiarize yourself with the culture of the human community you find yourself in. If you can flow with the cultural current by appearing to be conforming to it, the more rewarded you are. In the civilized world you can be the master - not the slave. This is what defines civilization.
But what of the natural world? What of nature? It’s one thing to succeed in the eyes of your cultural peers, but quite another thing to live with natural processes rather than against them. Success in the natural world is not as showy and conspicuous as in the cultural world because it isn’t self-expression so much as respect for nature.
What does this have to do with Krishnamurti’s teaching? It has to do with the way we perceive our environment; how our familiarity with the prevailing culture is expressed. If I understand my culture, I’m free of its influence, yet familiar enough with it to avoid obstacles, pitfalls, and seize opportunities i.e., to succeed. One can be a conformist and a free human being simultaneously. Krishnamurti demonstrated that one can live “successfully” in society by conforming outwardly while being inwardly free.