Economy – For Life And Not For Profit

laitman_202_0Question: In an article by Baal HaSulam, he writes about the new economy of the corrected society. In what way does it differ from the economy of today that has entered a deep crisis, and what must be the transitional stages on the way to achieving it?

Answer: The main difference between the economy of today and the economy of the future is that the future economy is directed toward the participation of the simple and common man that has received a new special education through which he will understand what kind of a system he is in. This is a completely new approach.

First of all, the person needs to go through a preparation to learn the structure of human society, and then see himself as a part of it.

He will understand in what form he must communicate with everyone else, in what manner society provides itself with what it needs, what its needs are, how the society fulfills them, and what the level of optimal fulfillment is that is satisfactory for every citizen and every nation, and what kinds of goals the society places before him in the social and personal realm in culture and in education.

A person must know all of this because we are tightly linked with each other. Lack of understanding divides us into dozens of factions and all kinds of movements, and we only interfere with each other.

So, the top priority is not in a change to a new economy, but the creation of a system of education that encompasses the entire nation and even the world. A person begins to acquire a clear understanding of his place in society and the universal mutual connection.

He will not study it as an abstract theory as in a university; he will experience it and try it practically on himself in society. Everyone will participate in exercises like these.

Only after a person understands where he is, how much everyone depends upon each other, and toward what goal humanity is approaching, will it move toward a transition to a new economy, not before then.

These changes cannot be imposed from above in the form of directives. A person must participate in them himself. He must consent to be satisfied with an optimal standard of living. An optimal level makes it possible for a person to live without feeling a deficiency and need for something, but for one, it will not be more or less than it is for others. After all, our bodies require the same thing.

It could be that I will be satisfied with one chicken wing, whereas you need an entire chicken, but the principle is that everyone receives according to the beastly needs of his body. In addition, it is necessary to ensure every human need: education, culture, and leisure. That is, everyone requires fulfillment according to his material and social deficiencies, and there is still the intellectual deficiency that a person fulfills through learning, searching for an answer to the question of the meaning of existence and the attainment of the goal of life that goes beyond the boundaries of physical existence.

The main thing is to understand that there are several levels of existence. One level is corporeal—meaning material, beastly, where each one gets what is good for his body, family, and lifestyle: a house with all of its contents, normal conditions—but not more.

Everyone needs to agree that this is enough for us, and it is not necessary to create an artificial deficiency that confuses everyone and convinces them that they must buy a new product so that someone will get rich. Only normal things will remain, things that are beneficial for our health, and if it seems that it is possible to do something that is even better and healthier for the body, then we do this.

This means that everything must be rational and not for profit which is to blame for our having created hundreds of different kinds of thousands of products. The economy of the future will be reasonable.

Question: But many can say that the economy of today is reasonable because it is based on supply and demand. If there is a demand, then a product is created. If there were no demand for hundreds of kinds of cheese, then it would not be produced.

Answer: The demand is created artificially. We want the economy to serve our lives and not our lives to serve the economy.
From KabTV’s “The Solution” 6/24/15

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