A question I received: Soon another international summit of “the great twenty” (G20) will take place, where the heads of the most developed countries will be present. And each one of them is hiding a knife in his pocket…
My Answer: I don’t think they are hiding knives. Each of them is challenged with so many problems in their own countries that they have no time for confronting each other. They are afraid of their citizens and of being overthrown. The fear of internal upheaval is much greater than the fear of one’s neighbors. Therefore, this time they are coming to the summit with a different feeling.
Until now, each leader was busy coordinating life in his own country, but today, they are simply afraid for themselves. They literally sense this fear on the animate level, and are asking, “How can I save myself and solve this problem?”
Many countries are already experiencing public unrest, and they cannot do anything to stop it with their police or their armies, since they are dealing with their own citizens. In addition to all the other problems, they are now afraid for themselves and their own lives, and therefore, the participants of the summit are coming there in a completely different state. They are already thinking about how to correct the situation and solve the problem, even if it’s for their own sake.
(From the lesson on Baal HaSulam’s article, “One Precept,” on 03.08.2009)