Question: The Carnegie Mellon Language Technologies Institute conducted a study that found that the candidates for the presidency of the United States spoke in terms of vocabulary and grammar at the level of 6th to 8th grade students. Each one was given his own evaluation score. Donald Trump communicates with the masses on the 7th grade level, Bernie Sanders on the 10th grade level and Obama on the 9th grade level. Does it matter on what level they conduct their contact with the crowds?
Answer: No, this is not important because they must speak on the same level as the masses. I don’t think that their intellect is on the level of grade 7 or 10, but they must do this. They feel before who they are appearing. It is also possible to see that they always have a slightly different speech according to the place where they appear, whether it is in Midwest, the South, the East, or the West.
Question: We are talking about leaders now. Is it possible to insert the legendary Jewish leaders Abraham and Moses into the same scale?
Answer: Without a doubt they were speaking on the level of the people. After all, the entire method of the Torah is designed to gradually attract a person to the level of the Creator. Can you imagine from what level it is necessary to begin and to what level it is necessary to reach?!
Question: Does that mean that if there had been an institution like this in those times, it would have given Moses and Abraham roughly the same scores?
Answer: Big egoists joined the group of Abraham who wanted to understand what was happening to them, what the meaning of life is, and why the crisis came. He began to explain this to them gradually. It was easier for Moses from that point of view. On the one hand, people understood that the ego was working on them. But on the other hand, they found it very difficult to rebel against it. Moses found himself between egoism and altruism.
Question: Did Abraham seem naïve and primitive from the point of view of the scholars of Babylon?
Answer: He was one of those scholars himself. Certainly one can make a comparison with what they were involved, the development of society, politics, culture and science. He began to tell them that they had to unite like good little boys. With unity they would transcend their nature. They would find meaning.
But they said to him, “We are scientists, politicians, bankers, managers of large enterprises; we are the masters of this world. What can you explain to us? Look at what all people yearn for, what they want. The main thing for them is bread and circuses. What has been in all times is also true today. What do you need? Do you need money and a little respect? We will give you that; so shut up.”
So what could Abraham say to them? “I cannot exchange my ideology, the meaning of life, the greatness of the goal, the greatness of the Creator for these temptations.” And they would answer, “What kind of Creator is that? What kind of ideology is it? We will give you everything that you want; just don’t bother the people. You don’t need to prepare them for some revolution, whether physical or spiritual. And then we will erect some kind of monument for you.”
Abraham didn’t agree, and they started a campaign against him in the media wherever possible. Abraham understood that they weren’t going to let him stay there. It was up to him to break away somehow and organize his own nation, his own people, and his own educational institutions. He left Babylon together with a group possessing similar opinions. If he had remained in Babylon, we would read today that he was a leader who decided to teach people some special solutions in times of crisis. But they were successful in getting rid of him.
Later, Abraham left Babylon and began to wander through the land of Canaan, the Negev, Sinai, and Egypt. So from the point of view of the Babylonians, nothing good came of him and his followers. But they somehow survived to this day. And between them again manifested a special relationship, and we must decide what to do.
Indeed, today we have come to a state where something needs to be addressed. From an ideological standpoint it is very difficult to dispute this because if in Babylonian times they had many opportunities to resolve this issue, today they don’t exist. After all egoism in all its forms—from Babylon to our time—has brought itself to utter bankruptcy.
The problem is that as of today egoism still dominates the world. It surrounds itself with such systems of support that we have constructed for it in such a sophisticated way that it is very difficult to let go of it.
Therefore, much time will be required for the system of Abraham to become stronger and developed to convince all the rest of the world that it provides a solution for all material problems. Besides, a group like Abraham’s must come together according to his method and become a conduit for the upper force that will influence his group, and through it all the rest of humanity.
So everything depends on this group that requires persistence, patience, a clear goal and continuous movement toward it.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/17/16