A question I received: Many of the students studying in our virtual Learning Center live in North America – the place that has been hit by the crisis the most. How should they look at the crisis? How can their situation be eased, and what can they do?
My Answer: Unlike other countries, America has several unique qualities. First of all, it is a melting pot containing the whole of “Babylon” – all 70 nations of the world, and this is beneficial to it. On the other hand, Americans are at the extreme edge of egoism: each person desires to receive everything for himself only and demands personal freedom, and this is the reason America is receiving such enormous blows. So, on one hand, they are in difficult circumstances, but on the other hand, it may be easier for them to accept the concepts of community and reciprocity.
Their enormous strength will help them to quickly realize that even this cannot save them. A person with no money thinks that if he had money, he would be saved from the crisis. However, one who has money and an opportunity to print dollars will quickly find that he has no power at all, despite the fact that he owns the Bank of America.
Americans wished to set an example for the whole world as the country of consumerism. But this concept is already outdated and they are realizing their mistake. America is the right place to study the world’s egoism. It is the only place in the world where egoism dominates in the open, in a form that’s understood and accepted by everyone, without any compromises or pretenses. This is why what is happening in America will influence the entire world. Let’s hope the understanding will come quickly.
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