Professional Or Amateur?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Do we need professionals in order to create an integral mechanism for the masses so as to set new examples for people’s mode of thinking, or is it enough to be avid amateurs?

Answer: Many of the people who are studying the integral system should keep their jobs. But they understand this system, they have changed, and they want to advance and to improve. Through the unity that they have acquired by the discussions, round tables, and workshops, they feel the revelation of the new world.

But actually, we need to prepare professionals. What do I mean by to prepare?

Today about 20-30% of the people in every country are unemployed. These are healthy, normal, thinking people that would be happy to participate in something, but they cannot fulfill themselves. After a few years of being unemployed, such a person will not be able to do anything. We should draw these people to perform internal changes and then to make them the educators of the new generation. This should become their job.

In any case we have to sustain them and to do something with them. In Europe they are given some unemployment benefits, free meals, and so on.

Today people find themselves in such situations that a large part of the society lives on a meager, minimum allowance. In Holland for example, an unemployed person receives 180 Euro a month, which isn’t enough to live on. Once a day or once a week he receives food and thanks to that he can somehow manage. And this is Holland, Europe! The same thing happens in other countries where things are even worse.

We are on the verge of such a dramatic critical situation in the world and in society that we simply must do something.

In some countries, especially in the developing countries in South America, no one is thinking about the crisis yet, but it will gradually get there too. After all, we are mutually connected.

On the other hand, in these countries there are many poor people and the gap between the poor and the rich is huge. Therefore, here too, we can approach the leaders of some organizations and start working. But it still seems far away.

If we take North America, Europe, Russia, the whole northern hemisphere, even China and Japan with their problems, then we can see that there is no other choice.

We should put masses of unemployed people not just through the courses of integral self-education, but also through teachers’ training courses and courses that train educators, lecturers, etc. so that they will be able to gradually change humanity into becoming more similar to nature in their own countries and in other places. There is a great opportunity here.

When you tell people living on a meager allowance that the successful completion of the initial integral education courses and training and the following lecturer and educator preparation will provide them with a respectable job and salary, it offers them self-fulfillment, success, and peace.
From a “Talk on Integral Upbringing” 5/20/12

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