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“The Strong Swallows The Weak”

laitman_272Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It is a natural law that the diligent class will exploit the backward class as best they can, like fish at sea, where the strong swallows the weak.

Today we see how the elites of all countries cannot stop in spite of the fact that they have already stuffed their own pockets. No logic can explain why a man with 50 billion needs another 50.

The fact is that the infinitely growing egoism requires this. Therefore, a person cannot do anything with himself; he must follow this. The miserable elites are also controlled by their infinitely growing egoism and are obliged to reduce the entire population to poverty, leaving them not even a crust of bread!

On the other hand, this is unnatural. Even during times of slavery, it was never like this. A slave was expensive! The owner had to take care of him, treat him well, etc.

Now we are separated from the connection between master and slave. An entrepreneur does not care that there are millions of people behind the gates of his factories. He must extract everything out of them!
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From Kab TV’s ”The Last Generation” 8/7/17

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Diligent And Prosperous

 Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: First, according to the development of the communist regimes, I find that the terms, “bourgeois” and “proletariat,” are no longer sufficient to explain that economic history, and we need more general terms. It is truer to divide society into a class of diligent and a class of backward.

In the bourgeois regimes, the diligent are the capitalists and the middle class. The backward are the workers who labor for them. In the communist regimes, the diligent are the managers, the supervisors, and the intellectuals, and the backward are the workers who labor for them.

Remark: Baal HaSulam places both capitalist and communist regimes in parallel, accentuating that in both of them there are diligent and backward people.

My Comment: This is given by nature. If I am diligent, smart, and fast, then under capitalism I find an appropriate place for myself and move forward. I bought two apples, washed and sold them, then I can buy four apples, etc. 

For example, during the great repatriation [in Israel], many intelligent, educated people who came from Russia had to sweep the streets in the beginning. But after a while they disappeared from sight. I asked my friend who worked in the municipality, “Where are these people?” He answered, “They are already working somewhere else.”

It means that unlike immigrants of the past years, these people quickly found their place here, and their children even more so. They were educated at local universities and began working in various institutions. This is being diligent and prosperous.
This is given by nature and nothing can be done here. However, among them there were those who quietly remained working in their places because they had no pressure from within.

That is, the egoistic level determines absolutely everything. A person either remains on the level of “food, sex, and family” or goes further to wealth, honor, control, and knowledge. This is the ladder that he climbs according to his natural desire.

In this respect, there is no difference between capitalism and communism. For a person who realizes himself in any society, even under a communist regime where everything is open for everyone, everything depends on his spiritual desire.

Remark: These seems to be simple truths, but none of the ideologists thought of it for some reason.

My Comment: The fact is that they are not based on natural egoism, they do not see it as a given. “How is it possible?! Everyone is free! Everybody is equal by nature. Freedom, equality, brotherhood!” They initially proceed from the fact that all people are equal. They do not understand that this is not so. How is it possible for two people to be the same? The one who talks about this does not understand anything about nature.

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah each person is not only not equal to another, but he is unique! The right society differs from the wrong one by the fact that it seeks to provide to each person such a place, such an environment, such an opportunity, for his own realization that he is happy.

However, this is provided to him in accordance to his abilities and capabilities. He cannot say “I want to be a head of government!” Therefore, it is necessary to determine how to realize each one properly with the maximum benefit for him and for society.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation” 8/7/17

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The Economy Of The Last Generation

 Question: What is the economy of the last generation from Baal HaSulam’s point of view?

Answer: Let’s say, you need to provide absolutely all people with all necessities. You put together a list of about 20 to 30 of the most essential things a person needs starting with clothing, furniture, food, and ending with textbooks for children and all the rest. Take this list and see what you need.

This type of planned economy comes from necessity: “What, essentially, does a person need?” If a person is only concerned with thinking about inner spiritual connection with others and attains ever higher levels of spiritual states in this connection, then he requires all necessities for existence.

He needs to be provided with all the necessities because we are not living in the clouds, we are real people. A person needs to receive his calories, his clothing, his electricity, light, water, gas.

How are all these needs going to be fulfilled? For this to happen, there needs to be a planned economy. And in his work, a person must constantly think about being of maximum benefit to others.

Question: Is there a connection between the economy of the future and spiritual development?

Answer: Absolutely! The incentive changes.
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From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 7/31/17

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Scholarship Instead Of Welfare For Unemployment, Part 2

laitman_220Our time in history is distinct because now the ulcers that exist in the entire system are being revealed. And the problem is that humanity doesn’t know how to cure them. It is this specific cause that is shattering society.

One of its parts, especially the governing level, is interested in hiding these defects, as if they do not exist. Another part acknowledges that defects exist, but they are inevitable. And just a small part is ready to correct them.

In most recent times, evil is being revealed much more forcefully than before. The election of Donald Trump served as a litmus test demonstrating the defects of modern society. The dishonesty and corruption of mass media, the ruling parties, democracy, and liberalism became very clear.

But on the other hand, so far there is no alternative. And the main thing is that there is a lack of understanding of the fact that neither the right nor the left forces are able to govern, but only the middle line. The middle line must be higher than the other two. Both right and left are wrong, because both are egoists. We can’t say which of them is bad and which is good—they are both bad.

But if they unite and rise above their differences, above their egoism, covering all transgressions with love, then between them will be born a new world of the future. This world will appear as something midway between the left, which has already revealed all the defects of its liberal politics, and the right, who will begin to reveal them in Europe and in America now.

Attempts to institute guaranteed basic income without attaching mandatory integral education to it, will very quickly ignite huge problems in society. People will just go crazy about it.

A person feels very uncomfortable when his material life is not organized. On the animal level, he is built in such a way that he needs to exert energy, work, and earn his money for his bread. And if he does not work for his own food, it is very bad.

For example, look at the kind of upbringing the royal family of England gives their children. It would seem that a king’s son could simply do nothing. Nonetheless, he is sent to study on the same level as others. He cannot be left with nothing to do, he must work, he must study.

That is why simply giving welfare for poverty destroys the individual and brings on heavy consequences. But maybe this way of revealing evil will bring awareness of the need to adopt the program of integral education, which is offered by Kabbalah.
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From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/3/16, Lesson on the Topic: “Mismah Arosa (Arosa Document),” “What Is to Be Done?”

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laitman_426The introduction of guaranteed basic income without its link to the system of integral education in which a person will be required to learn, will lead to terrible consequences. Left without any responsibilities and without work, a person becomes worse than an animal.

After all, the animal, if fed, will lie quietly and sleep, like in a zoo. But a person cannot live in a zoo, he needs to give way to his egoism, which is not present in animals.

And what will such a person do that has nothing to do? The results are obvious, it’s enough to visit “ghost towns” in the northern US, the former auto industry zone, which lost all its enterprises and left people without jobs.

In losing a job, a person must move to a new job, to become a student in integral education courses until the end of his life. And it should be explained that due to this, he performs the work: physical, educational, and civil. If instead of a lost salary he wants to receive a scholarship, then he must study.

In parallel to this study, it will be required to join the work necessary for society. Gradually, people will get used to this new style of work, where they learn and work together for common good. We have reached a new stage in the development of mankind, when people will need to work only where human participation is required, and machines will do everything else.

It is possible to implement such a pilot project in one city and check to see how much crime declines, the school situation improves, and the divorces diminish.

It will be a completely different life when we aren’t chasing money, trying to earn an extra thousand dollars, so that someone up there will makes on us another hundred thousand, but we will simply enjoy life: material and spiritual.

At the same time, there will be no need for modern economic models, only the most basic economic calculations will remain. Of course, it is difficult to expect that the stock exchange will gladly close, and the financial elite, several thousand of the richest families, will give their power away to all the others below.

But we do not need to know now how this will happen. It is only necessary to do everything possible to draw a little bit of Light that returns to the Source into human society, and the Light will do the rest.

Therefore, we do not need detailed plans for all actions; we are not going to do anything to change the world. We know only that it is necessary to establish an integral educational system and gradually add to it the work necessary for society.

I’m not going to solve all the problems now, and no Kabbalist would have done it. Our job is just to let the Light work.

Question: How can you persuade the authorities to adopt such a program that does not offer practical steps and criteria for their evaluation?

Answer: This program is the most practical one. You can take a ghost town like Detroit and see how much the maintenance of such a city costs the government and what harmful impact it has on the entire United States. And then check what will happen if we introduce a universal integral education to the city, backed up by a universal basic income.

Simply compare the costs and profits afterward, and the benefits will be obvious. After all, keeping a person in prison costs much more than giving him an integral education.
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Transcending To A New Way Of Life

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: What will happen in the future when vehicles will be operated without drivers or when we will be able to print any product we want on a 3D printer? In other words, does the fact that we are eliminating our egoism by filling our desires instead of rejecting them in order to attain the Creator, please the Creator?

Answer: We will be able to satisfy our needs in a new way, but we will still have to work very hard between us in order to establish the right network between us. We will switch from one sort of activity to another.

In the future, machines will sow and reap and perform other types of heavy labor without the participation of humans. Today unmanned aircraft, submarines, patrol ships, without crews etc., are being used. Imagine on the threshold of what changes we are standing. The need for people performing physical labor will disappear.

People will be needed for a totally different kind of work: working on establishing the right mutual connections between us. This is very hard work, and in it they will find a vast field of activity. The fields of art, science, literature, cinema, and educational relationships, all should be focused on this goal.

If you imagine a planet near Earth where we could fly to and create a world according to our new spiritual goal, you would see that we are building everything completely new. This is not a world of skyscrapers and all kinds of office buildings, but a brand new way of life.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16

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There Is Money But There Is No Happiness

laitman_546_03In the News (Feeling Financial): “Does Money Buy Happiness?

“It depends. You’ve probably heard that money does not buy happiness above a certain level. The number Kahneman mentions in the TED talk is $60,000 per year of income in the United States of America, which is about what other studies find.

“Above that income level your happiness level may increase, but at a decreasing rate. In other words, earning $120,000 per year does not make you twice as happy as if you earned $60,000; it’s nothing to sneeze at but it just makes things a little better.

“Kahneman emphasizes that the increase in happiness is surprisingly flat above $60,000. Also, while money does not buy happiness for your experienced self, a lack of money can make things unpleasant.”

My Comment: Money enables a person to fill himself. Then he begins to spend millions in casinos or in other places in order to feel a bit of spice in life, but he doesn’t feel it. He ceases to feel it even in small things. Such people feel no taste in food, football, or vacation.

I have met many rich people who apparently live freely and their bank account keeps growing, but basically are miserable people. They can travel wherever they want to, order whatever they like, but they feel no satisfaction.

After all, there can be no pleasure in this world without feeling a deficiency for something, because everything is attained in the contrast between Light and darkness. If there is no darkness, people tend to try different things and put themselves in situations that arouse strong, acute, sharp feelings, but it does not work.

Question: At the same time, young people are eager to prosper and spend their whole lives trying to achieve that, and even to harm themselves as long as they can break through the barrier of an annual income over $60,000. Don’t they understand that there is no happiness there?

Answer: It is an illusion, and there is nothing we can do about that. I also used to believe that if I travelled from one country to another and saw new places, new people, I would be happy. I remember how appealing I found this idea. When we were kids, we all dreamed of exploring the world, because it was closed to us. And when everything was opened, nothing was seen except emptiness.

Question: It seems that a person needs another desire, an alternative desire.

Answer: Of course. Don’t misunderstand me.

There was a time in my life in which I travelled the world and visited different museums and exhibitions, etc., but it was all gone in a moment. Every person has a threshold beyond which he ceases to feel anything new because there is nothing new about it. Our ego is beginning to develop toward a new threshold of sensitivity and perception.

This is the reason that people who do not attain the upper levels, who do not attain the Light that enters the desire, which fills it and depicts totally different areas of attainment, the upper world, are very miserable.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/9/16

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New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy

New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

The wealthy are respected everywhere in the world and they have direct access to government officials. The wealthy have a very strong desire to swallow and control everything; otherwise, they wouldn’t be wealthy. Every person exploits others as much as possible; this is human nature, even that of the ordinary citizen.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #643 – Centralization In The Israeli Economy,” 11/5/15

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Basic Income For Everyone

Laitman_419In the News (Independent): “French presidential candidates have backed a plan to introduce a universal basic income of €750 (£655) a month, in what they described as a bid to combat the threat of robots taking over three million jobs.

“Two of the seven candidates for the French Socialist Party leadership have proposed the measure, which would see every French citizen over 18 receive the monthly pay-out, regardless of their employment status.”

My Comment: It is impossible to introduce a basic income in one country when it is connected with the rest of the nations of the European Union. What would millions of Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, and all the others say? How would people from neighboring nations relate to their governments if France introduced a basic income for all?

Question: And if the European Union were to break up, would they be able to introduce a law like this?

Answer: In this case, yes. Otherwise the possibility of influencing each other cannot be ruled out. “I don’t want you to introduce a basic income because I am not in a position to do so. So, I will stick a spoke in your wheel.”

Question: And what about a person who would begin to receive a basic income?

Answer: What would happen is natural deterioration. If we don’t oblige a person to do anything, then total deterioration would appear because our nature is egoistic. The ego aspires to a state of tranquility or a direct uniform movement like all of nature. That is all, no superfluous and new movements.

And this would be a state of deterioration for the nation. A nation would not be able to do anything if it doesn’t obligate people to come out of their “lairs” and participate in serious events that develop and move them forward. Therefore, they must introduce integral upbringing and education and various social activities. Moreover, they must be mandatory. If not, then nothing will be left of humanity. It would slide back to the level of the beast by giving people the possibility of sitting in their dens and looking from there into the light with empty eyes.

Question: So is it necessary to introduce a basic income or not?

Answer: It is possible to introduce it only on condition that we employ people. First of all, it is necessary to introduce a system that would be seriously involved with the education of people and would obligate them. Conditions must be set for receiving a basic income: if a person studies and is engaged in a particular framework in which he works on himself to build a new future, a new nation, a new society, then he deserves a basic income. The physical work could be done by robots.

Then everything will start to flourish. As a result of education and upbringing, people’s needs will be reduced to a minimum, because there will be no earnings as such. Gradually, the base income will become mandatory. In principle, only this will remain because in the next ten years all the workplaces will be occupied by robots. People will no longer need to chase new excesses because everyone will have a certain normal income. Perhaps they will receive it not in money, but in the form of goods, food, clothing, free use of electricity, energy resources, and so on. That is, everything will be more or less reduced to non-cash settlement.

In general, this is a movement toward communism. Everyone will have a basic income and people will start working on building a free, egalitarian, and united society. This would be the work of people. Only a small part would be engaged with the development and construction of robots and their programming.

Robots are becoming commonplace today. Even though they look the same externally, they will be programmed differently, some will weld, others will glue, others will assemble, these will fasten, and so on. I have seen entire factories that were built like this. It was very beautiful!
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/18/16

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Kabbalists’ Predictions

laitman_202_0Question: How can I relate to the predictions of a Kabbalist who says that soon there will be no money or work? Could it be that the situation will continue for hundreds of years more?

Answer: I assure you that this situation will not last hundreds of years. Of course, we are not going to abolish work, pay, and all human relationships. We are only talking about where nature is leading us so that we will understand what is happening with us.

When I called upon everyone this past year to support Donald Trump, I appeared everywhere and said that this person could save America and advance the world in a good direction, everyone wrote to me, “Where did you get this from?! Don’t you know who he is? He has no chance! A Kabbalist must tell everyone about the future while you are undermining trust in you.”

I am not saying this because I am a prophet but because I understand the general trend of the development of the world and I see that Trump is closer to this trend. I only said that his approach was in accord with nature and that he will lead us in the way of Achishena (I will hasten it – Isaiah 60:22), in a good way.

Understanding the general direction of human development is necessary for us. It is necessary to know this and explain it to all people because this affects everyone and spiritual work affects only those who have a point in the heart, those who must find the meaning of life. So, we deal with those people separately and personally.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/18/16

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