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New Life #331 – Ideological Revolutions

New Life #331 – Ideological Revolutions
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz


How are the revolutions of today different from the ones in the past, how do they influence us, and which revolution will bring us all a better life?

All revolutions arise from the development of human egoism on four levels: slavery, feudalism, capitalism, and the fourth stage—all humanity connected as one family.

There were changes stemming from a desire for economic gain or others wanting to impose their religion, then came the Industrial Revolution and we began to make a healthy calculations according to income. Karl Marx predicted the material stage of development would be followed by the stage of social development. That is, after the Industrial Revolution and the era of material abundance, there would be a social revolution. You now see that Marx was right. We are all slaves, in a constant race and under constant stress.

 The social revolution is that everyone will live better, equally, will be connected and will learn to live in brotherly love. After Marx presented his vision, others came and spoiled it, when they tried to implement it before its time. Marx knew a social revolution would come only after capitalism had been completely exhausted.

The essence of the social revolution is upgrading human nature from egoism to altruism. Lenin and his party tried to start it in Russia but in an aggressive and distorted way. The social revolution cannot come through oppression and aggression. Understanding and acceptance are necessary, and education.
From KabTV’s “New Life #331 – Ideological Revolutions,” 3/30/14

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Building The Third Temple

Unity, The Way To A Good FutureQuestion: In our day, will we at least succeed in laying the foundation for building the Third Temple?

Answer: The Third Temple, unlike the First and Second Temples, is the complete unification of all people on the face of the Earth. This unification will later be joined by the animate, vegetative, and still nature.

The Third Temple is directed toward unity. The First and Second Temple were a partial unity, unity of only one group of Kabbalists, whereas the Third Temple will be shared by all people and will include all of humanity. It is written: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7), or “they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The crisis will obligate us to reach this state of unity even if it involves world wars, but I hope that we will overcome the difficulty in approaching each other without wars, through the development and dissemination of the wisdom of Kabbalah.

Question: How can we be certain that we will truly build the Third Temple and not a new Tower of Babel?

Answer: We don’t intend to build anything tangible, we have no need for physical symbols. We want to build this Third Temple within our hearts, between us; this is the main thing. We don’t have to build any external structures where a person can run away and hide from the need to change himself. A person must “turn himself into a spiritual brick” with whose help this temple will be built.

We have already reached a situation today in which the ego is pushing us so much that we have no possibility of escaping it. It is pushing us to unite.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 9/25/16

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America: The Change Of Presidents

laitman_426Question: On the first day of Chanukah, Barak Obama pulled a nasty trick on Israel by allowing the UN to accept a resolution against the Israeli settlements. How do we cope with this situation? What will happen now when a new administration replaces Obama who spread chaos in the world?

Answer: We must wait a little. About six months after Obama leaves the office, the outcomes of his eight-year reign will be summed up, and we will be able to reach more accurate conclusions.

Question: Will the Israeli government be able to cope with the current situation? There were rumors that before the UN Security Council meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu had a conflict with Obama.

Answer: This is totally irrelevant. Barak Hussein Obama is an avid supporter of Islam. His mission is to spread Islam all over the world. This is the reason he did everything to allow millions of Muslims to enter the US during his presidency. In addition, he sowed chaos where on the basis of such chaos, Islamists could rise to power and destroy everything.

Question: What can you say about the new administration?

Answer: I don’t know what President Trump will do, but I think that as a businessman and the boss, he will be able to impose order. On the other hand, he should realize that the world today is not based on egoism and money.

Question: If capitalism, as a system, has exhausted itself, how will Trump impose order if he is a capitalist?

Answer: Obama doubled the US debt, unemployment rates soared during his administration, his recovery plan actually got stuck on the way, and what did he do with the world? He ruined countries in the belt from Morocco to Pakistan. After all, small countries are always dominated by big countries. Trump can, at least ideologically, choose a different approach.
From the webinar “The Year in Review” 12/26/16

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Ynet: “The Right In Europe—A Ticking Time Bomb”

From my weekly column in Ynet: “The Right In Europe—A Ticking Time Bomb”

The last referendum in Italy and the resignation of Prime Minister Renzi announce the strengthening of fascist movements and prove that it is time for Europeans to unite. Currently, the winds of nationalistic protests are targeted at the establishment, but they might soon be targeted against millions of immigrants, and later, as has happened in the past, against the Jews. Rav Laitman explains how to defuse the ticking nationalistic bomb that threatens the fate of the Jewish people.

In my latest articles, I have gone into great detail discussing the current global changes and have explained that it all stems from the laws of nature, which the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches. The world is changing, the economy is taking on a new form, regimes are changing before our very eyes, and the voice of the British people who chose to leave the EU and the voice of the Americans who lead Trump to the White House were echoed in the voice of the Italian people who said no to the referendum and strongly opposed reforms in the Italian constitution, a real rebellion in the faltering EU.

The winds of nationalistic protest in Italy are now targeted at the political establishment, but they may change direction and target the millions of foreign immigrants and later, as always, the Jews. This dangerous fascist, anti-Semitic trend could affect the fate of Europe, the fate of the Jewish people, and the fate of humanity as a whole.

The Collective Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Fascism is part of the Italian DNA. In 1919, about a year after WWI, fascism as a world view led to the emergence of a dictatorial regime in Italy, which replaced liberal democracy. Italian fascism attributed great significance to the idea of the eternal state and demanded the mortal individual to sacrifice himself, his aspirations, and his goals for the greater good: there are no social classes, there are no individuals, and the nation is a live and breathing body.

Through coherent nationalistic ideology emphasizing hatred of foreigners, the purported founder of fascism Benito Mussolini rallied his countrymen to extricate them from poverty, social problems, and unemployment—the same issues Italy faces today.

Mussolini himself came up with the term “fascism,” which stems from the Italian world “fascio,” meaning bundle or unity. It is an ancient Roman symbol of a bundle of wooden rods as a representation of strength through unity in contrast to the weakness of the individual. It is an egoistic and exploitative connection whose sole purpose is to gain power and control, and it eventually lead to the destruction of the “united nation.”

A hundred years after it faded away, the nationalistic parties are reawakening and indicate the real need for unity. It is perfectly clear that the unity that stems from narrow egoism is concerned only about its own nation. The question is whether there is another option. Is it possible to lead the growing need for unity onto a new track and, if so, how?

The Jewish Logo

Unlike the fascist logo, hundreds of years ago, the large Israeli force unity of the Jewish people was likened to a bundle of reeds: “If someone takes a bundle of reeds, can he break them all at once? If taking them one by one, even a baby can break them” (Tanchuma). The story of the unity of Israel goes back to ancient Babylon about 3,500 years ago. In those days, the primitive society was like one family where everyone understood each other “Now the entire earth was of one language and uniform words” (Genesis 11:1). Suddenly, man’s egoistic nature erupted. The same desire to receive pleasure which motivates us through pleasure or suffering demanded greater pleasures at the expense of others. The mutual exploitation led to a deep social crisis that split the Babylonians and led to a civil war.

The frustrated Babylonians looked for a way out of the thicket of the social crisis, and salvation appeared in the form of Abraham, the great Babylonian priest of the time who gathered them around him, taught them the wisdom of Kabbalah and how to be connected and love each other. A group of once-estranged Babylonians connected as one man in one heart and were called Israel because of their desire to resemble the Creator, “Yashar El,” to attribute everything to the one force of nature that is whole and eternal. From the moment the nation of Israel was established, it had one goal only: to serve as an example of unity for the other parts of divided humanity, to be a Light of the nations of the world.

The Jewish nation has undergone many changes. After the destruction of the Second Temple, egoism grew and unfounded hatred intensified. Brotherly love and the sublime value of unity ceased to illuminate the spiritual vision, and the nation dispersed all over the world for two thousand years of exile.

The Jews cannot wander all over the world and assimilate with the other nations forever because they have a great responsibility and an obligation to bring to the world the method of connection. Every time the Jews tried to deny their role, they soon were reminded of it in the form of anti-Semitism, which is the law of nature.

Anti-Semitism in Brief

At the beginning of the 20th century, Henry Ford, a great anti-Semite, published a series of booklets called “The International Jew” in which he wrote, “The Jew has gotten used to thinking that he is the only proprietor of society’s humanism for too long. Society has a great demand from the Jew, that he should cease to be aloof, that he should stop his abuse of the world, that he should stop relating to Jewish groups as the goal of all his profits, and that he should start fulfilling the ancient prophecy, since it is by that that all the nations on earth will be blessed.”

Ford is one of many examples. In 1364, Polish King Casimir III said that the Jews were always scheming, wanting to harm the Christians, to exploit them, and impoverish them financially. In 1885, German philosopher Paul de Lagarde offered the German people a detailed plan as to how to get rid of the loathsome Jewish race living among them. He said that one doesn’t negotiate with “pests and parasites” and one doesn’t educate them, but they should be destroyed “as speedily and thoroughly as possible.” Adolf Hitler, the odious, wrote “For the Jewish spirit is the product of the Jewish person. Unless we expel the Jewish people soon, they will have judaized our people within a very short time.” We all know how his words were made into actions.

But even after the Holocaust that hit European Jews hard, the winds of hatred are blowing again. The French writer and diplomat Jean Giraudoux wrote “that the French racial stock was being threatened by hordes of Eastern and Central European ghetto Jews descending upon France. These Jewish barbarians inclined toward lawlessness, and their corruption undermined the native artisanal traits of precision, perfection, and trust.”

Unity Heals the Wounds of Humanity

Hitler, Ford, and many anti-Semites throughout history have subconsciously felt that the Jewish nation has a meaningful role in the world, and that it doesn’t fulfill it. When unity among the people of Israel weakens, fascism and Nazism grow stronger, so it is no wonder that in this generation all the destroyers among the nations of the world are raising their heads and mainly wanting to destroy and kill the children of Israel. As the sages said, “no calamity comes to the world unless it is for Israel since, as it says in Tikunei HaZohar, Israel are the cause of poverty, killing, robbery, and destruction all over the world” (The Writings of Baal HaSulam).

On the other hand, if we act responsibly and unite as one man in one heart, as the wisdom of Kabbalah teaches us, we use our egoistic nature correctly, spurring the positive force of connection in nature and radiating it through the network between us to the entire world. Baal HaSulam wrote, “the Israeli nation had been constructed as a sort of gateway by which the sparks of purity would shine upon the whole of the human race the world over … until they develop to such an extent that they can understand the pleasantness and tranquility that are found in the kernel of love of others” (Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut“). The unity that spreads through us to the global network softens the hearts of mankind and brings them closer to each other and defuses the evil thoughts they have as to how to harm themselves through fascist regimes and, all the more so, how to harm the Jews.

“When there is love, unity, and friendship, there is no room for any calamity” (Maor VaShemesh). In other words, the choice is ours. We only have to show the world how to properly connect. A loose connection between us will bring the rise of fascism, whereas a tight connection will lead to its fall.
 Ynet 12/8/16

Religious Wars

laitman_220Comment: Political analysts believe that if President Trump creates an alliance between the US, China, and Russia, it will be a breakthrough that will pave a new path of development.

Answer: In general, there is no reason to fight today because all that was before, happily is ending.

In the past, a person wanted to be stronger and aspired to conquer more, but not now. There is no such desire anymore. There are free markets all over the world, goods flow freely from one country to another; there is no reason for war.

Comment: Wars usually had a religious character in the past.

Answer: Religious wars may still break out, but they will be wars beyond nations. Neither President Trump nor Russia want to conquer the whole world, but fundamentalist Islam wants to conquer the world—the old fashioned way, because it is still at the level of the 15th century. Islam is considered a young religion because it emerged about 5 to 6 centuries after Christianity.

Of course it would be nice to create a union between the US, Russia, and China. But human egoism won’t let that happen.

So representatives of these countries should study the wisdom of Kabbalah, which explains how to make the world a better place. They will not be able to become friends without the method of Kabbalah.

According to global trends, Nazism is growing, not decreasing. So today there is no room for nationalist policies but only for international policies. We either advance toward connection with everyone openly or toward division and war, even religious war, which it would seem had long passed. 

I hope the development of Kabbalah will handle all that.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/7/16

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Italy: Fascism Is Possible

Laitman_408In the News (BBC): “Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s referendum defeat on Sunday has left Italy facing political and economic uncertainty.

“Mr Renzi announced he was stepping down after his constitution reform plan was rejected by voters. …

“There are concerns the instability may trigger a deeper crisis for Italy’s already vulnerable banking sector. …

“Mr Renzi staked his political future on his attempt to change Italy’s cumbersome political system. He wanted to strengthen central government and weaken the Senate, the upper house of parliament.

“His opponents – including some within his own party – had argued that the reforms would give the prime minister too much power. The electorate agreed.

“But the referendum was more than a vote on constitutional reform, it was widely regarded as a chance to reject establishment politics.”

My Comment: Agreements signed in the past were kept and honored for decades and the parties involved kept the agreements because they were economically worthwhile first and foremost for the elite. But when the elite reach a state of saturation and the lower classes cannot bear the situation anymore, problems arise between the elite and the lower classes. The official unemployment rates in Italy today are at about 30%-40% and this is why they are “getting divorced.”

Now it is the Italian Brexit, then there will be the Spanish Brexit, and so on. This is what will happen in every country since the neoliberal economy is collapsing. The economy was never truly neoliberal in the past, it was aimed only at the benefit of the elite. Now it is all over.

Question: Does this mean that the establishment of the EU was meant to fail from the start?

Answer: The EU was established only for the sake of the elite and all the slogans about a united Europe, etc., are worthless. A common market?

It is a market. So it is collapsing now. It can no longer be sustained. Karl Marx wrote correctly about the decay of capitalism, but he believed it would be followed by a socialist society.

Baal HaSulam, on the other hand, wrote that if we don’t spread the wisdom of Kabbalah and do not reveal why we are undergoing this process, Nazism would rise.

We are now witnessing the right emerging in many countries, replacing the left. This situation poses a very big problem for the world because it may lead to terrible wars.

Therefore, our option is either a fascist regime and a world war or to develop a method according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, which means educating people to understand that it is only by getting closer to each other that we can be saved from imminent death.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/5/16

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It Is Harder To Break Ties Than To Build Them

laitman_264_01Question: The wisdom of Kabbalah is a method that teaches us how to build the right connections between people. Didn’t we need the right connections a hundred years ago or even a thousand years ago?

Answer: No, because humanity did not think that there was a need for it and did not want to hear about it. In the past people were not mutually and integrally connected around the globe, whereas today the countries in Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe, and Australia are all connected.

We see how Britain’s exit (who was already the least connected) from the European community has made everyone anxious as to where it may lead. It is much more difficult and complicated to break ties than to build them. It is like a divorce in a family that is connected by blood ties.

Question: Why was there no need to build the right connections in the family and in a nation in the past and thus balance the negative force by the positive force?

Answer: In the past the ego was not developed enough so there was no need for the integral method, whereas today the ego has become global and so it needs to be connected in a system. This system is the wisdom of Kabbalah.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 7/3/16

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Will There Be Ramifications From The UN Resolution?

laitman_552_03Question: When I spoke with you last year, I assumed that two major conflicts in the world were becoming more serious: the conflict between Russia and the West, and the conflict between the Shiite Muslims and the Sunnis. At the time, you emphasized that if we don’t begin to unite, all of these conflicts will sooner or later be turned against us and we will not be able to do anything about that.

Can we say that in a certain sense, the UN members have united and voted against us?

Answer: In a certain sense, yes. After all, they voted against Israel unanimously. How it is all arranged is interesting, but it is not important. Everyone realizes that the UN is like a puppet that can be twisted as they wish.

Question: Will the ramifications of this resolution impact our lives in Israel?

Answer: There will be no ramifications. We shouldn’t pay any attention to it. We don’t depend on the nations of the world. It is actually they who depend on us. If we begin to seriously unite, they will do everything in their power to get closer to us.
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Love, Rather Than All Problems

laitman_624_05_0Question: Is there anything useful in this treasure of the wisdom of Kabbalah for young couples who, because of the growth of the ego, encounter problems sustaining their relationship?

Answer: Let’s adapt the wisdom of Kabbalah to our world and use it! After all, egoistic competition happens in the world from childhood to adulthood. For our entire lives, it is hell, a continuous struggle from which we have no benefit, only the gloating of our ego when we revel in our superiority over another.

We must use our earthly life that has been given to us to try to balance it, change it. We give birth, raise, and educate a child not to gratify his own ego, but to transform children into people who can enjoy life in peace and not constantly be defensive.

The wisdom of Kabbalah explains how to do this.

To do this, we must use a system of connections between people, and above all of our egoistic rejections and contradictions, we can build bridges of mutual connection toward love.

We can do this while being egoists as nature created us; above this nature, we can build mutual altruistic connections. It depends only on education! If we educate a generation like this, it will be happy and strong indeed.

It seems to us that altruism could weaken us and that, ultimately, we could be eaten, annihilated, or devoured, but it is precisely the opposite. Love is the most powerful feeling in the world, and it provides the people who realize it with immense inner strength.

The United States can serve as an example of how the growth of the ego and pitting oneself against others weakens and leads to crisis.

If our method of unification were in Europe, today it would be stronger and more advanced than everyone else.

An aspiration toward unity, toward mutual attraction, lies in nature and we should take advantage of this power. It creates more and more new forms of matter and of everything that exists, while separation only destroys and kills.

Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is imperative for us.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 10/2/16

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Trump Will Produce The New Human

 Comment: The newly elected president of the United States, Donald Trump, is bypassing the media and turning directly to the people through Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.

According to the latest reports, he wants to separate the United States from all agreements signed with Asia, China, and other nations. He intends to deal with the United States and only with the United States, giving the citizens a new and different education than the one that developed during Obama’s term.

Answer: Obama wanted to turn the United States into a Muslim nation; this was his main goal. He brought several million Muslims into the United States and wanted to give them citizenship, yet this was not enough. He even succeeded in introducing some radical Muslims into the political apparatus. Trump is promising to “cleanse” the United States of them.

Question: Do you consider this to have been a planned and premeditated scenario?

Answer: Certainly! There is no doubt about it. Trump understands this and is taking a completely different course. Now everything will gradually begin to be cleared. US policies will no longer be aimed at burning all and conquering in the name of Islam.

After all, the entire Middle East went up in flames so that as many refugees as possible would flood Europe. That was Obama’s policy. That is how he worked in Libya and in all the nations of the Middle East.

Trump’s situation is difficult since he is contending with the existing neoliberal policies that he must completely replace: production, the financial system, banks, everything. It is difficult to imagine how he will succeed in this because he cannot return production, and in particular heavy industry, to the United States.

Trump must understand, that the future global production system will be built on the “production of people.”

Most people who were unemployed for a long time voted for him and he will have to justify their votes by providing them with employment and ensuring they are satisfied with their lives. The satisfaction doesn’t depend on their wages, it depends on the opinion of society.

He should transform the vast American space that was formerly dominated by the steel industry and is now called the rust belt. It will be transformed into a vast factory for the “production of people” through education.

What this means is that they will be given work in the form of training and education. They should be involved with this for most of the day, it will be counted as work. 

When people learn how to be connected with good connections and aspire to this, then at the same time, they will stimulate the good influence of the environment. Society will become good, strong, and mutually connected. American society needs this like no one else because there is no solidarity between different parts of society where every man is for himself, everyone is an individualist. 

They just need the opportunity to be shown this and have explained to them that this is what they have to produce, like a coal miner or ore miner extracts material that later produces machinery, cars, etc. What this means is that all of today’s effort will be on a different level, the level of “human processing.”

In other words, we need to go “inside” a person, extract the rudiments of a human being, purify, refine, collect, and assemble them into one uniform society. And people will be satisfied with the $1,500 they receive for their studies, which actually work on creating a new person and new society. This is what the United States must do.

The era of capitalism and neoliberalism has ended; now the next stage is coming, the stage of creating people out of the animal, living in cities with their various problems, including drugs.

If we begin to rebuild society, we will discover vast sources of goodness, public and national wealth, and at the same time, we will avoid all the problems that exist today in the world.

So we need to enter everyone into integral education studies in state programs. Only those engaged in these courses in people’s universities will receive a stipend. Thus, they will be compelled to work, this will be their work, working on themselves.

Humanity has no other choice. All of the solutions that they are trying to implement in the banking system, the financial system, and especially in the industrial sector, will not succeed. We must go in a different direction and not go “head to head” with those who hold money and weapons in their hands. Rather we must proceed only through introducing a single educational system that obligates everyone.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/23/16

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