Good Environment – 07.14.11

My Good Environment – Dr. Laitman’s Advice for the Week

America And Europe Are Sinking Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from the Financial Times):In Washington they are arguing about a debt ceiling; in Brussels they are staring into a debt abyss. But the basic problem is the same. Both the US and the European Union have public finances that are out of control and political systems that are too dysfunctional to fix the problem. America and Europe are in the same sinking boat….

“The idea that Europe and the US represent two faces of the same crisis has been slow to sink in because, for many years, elites on either side of the Atlantic have stressed the differences between US and European models….

“Yet the similarities between the two regions’ dilemmas are now more striking than the differences – mounting debt, a weak economy, an increasingly expensive and unreformable welfare state, fear for the future and political gridlock are the common points….

“In Europe, the idea that tax rises might be part of the solution to soaring debts is uncontroversial. In America, Republican opposition to the very notion of tax increases is at the centre of the political argument.

“Fixated by their own problems and differences, Americans and Europeans have been slow to see the connections between their twin crises. But analysts in the rest of the world are much more likely to spot the common trend. Among Chinese leaders and intellectuals, it is now standard practice to suggest that westerners of all sorts should stop trying to ‘teach China lessons’ – given the depth of their own political and economic problems….

“If the western illness worsens, there will be a temptation to try new and more radical cures. Those may include a drive towards protectionism and capital controls. If globalisation goes into reverse then China may experience its very own economic and political crisis.”

My comment: Finally! The idea of complete interdependence and total deadlock is beginning to sink in. But those who are thinking according to an old scheme don’t know what to do next. Yet, the recognition of this fact is a step forward. Further, there is a path toward a war and a new world or directly toward a new world.

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Physics Through The Lens Of Kabbalah

At the International Conference on Theoretical Physics 2001, which took place at Moscow State open University, Moscow, Russia, June 20-23, 2011, Itzhak Orion, Ph.D. (Ben Gurion University, Israel) presented our joint report titled “Novel Quantum Approach to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.”


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The Art Of Reaching The Masses

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe need the art of reaching the broad masses, and we must do it where they regularly spend time: on the Internet. We need to gain a foothold on this territory, using all sorts of means to sway the audience’s opinion.

With the help of hundreds of thousands of our friends, we will begin to change the atmosphere on the Internet, gently so as to not trigger antagonism, but steadily. There’s no special trick to it since the entire Internet is “for sale,” where all sorts of open and hidden operations are performed by public and secret organizations.

So must we make use of analogous means. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We have a goal: to correct humanity and the world.

Some believe that happiness can be achieved through terrorism. For them, terrorism is a means of correction. Their materials almost sound convincing. So, what’s so bad about our counterbalancing their message with one of unity and universal mutual guarantee?
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/13/2011, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”

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News From Toronto

A letter I received: The Toronto Group spent an incredible weekend full of love and unity in the Canadian wilderness. There are no words to describe the sensations experienced by all. What we can say for sure is that there is a strong sensation of advancement toward our common goal and lots of fuel in our tank to begin preparations for the Toronto Convention!

Excerpt from a letter of one of the participants:
“We were sitting at night and singing, the mood was festive and warm, the fire was burning, the men were standing together, hugging—they looked so identical, reliable, and solid, like a rank of solders.

Suddenly, a feeling came over me that I’m sitting here with my spiritual nation which has never fallen from spirituality, and this is the life that never ends….”

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Yanukovych: The Global Crisis Is Not Over

In the News (From “President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych believes that the global economic crisis is not over. He stated this at the board meeting of domestic and foreign investors. ‘I do not bring to say that the economic crisis has passed, passed, and we are now living in a post-crisis period. I am convinced that it is not over,’ noted the President.

The Head of State added that the world crisis continues in countries such as Greece, Iceland, Portugal, and it is impossible to predict when it will end. Yanukovych also said that Ukraine should take part in stimulating the development of world economy.”

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The Light Of A New Candle

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe Creator sends troubles and problems to the one whom He wishes to advance, that is, He puts him in the “dark cellar.”And the more a person develops, the more distressed he feels because he does not understand why he is given such a bitter life in comparison to others. What does he get and how does he advance by working in the dark?

Even if he does not compare himself to others, he still cannot understand why the Creator, the father, treats him in such a way. How can it be that the Good Who does Good gave him such a hard and bitter life, for such a long time?

He does not understand this until he finishes his work. After all, a person grows even in the cellar. He learns more about his state and begins to understand that the cause of his feeling of being in the dark cellar is his own attitude towards his father.

He tries, despite the feeling of darkness, to perceive this as a special treatment. He must connect these conflicting feelings and adhere to the Creator above them, to justify Him until he grows up because of this. Then, he will start treating the darkness of the cellar as the Light. He begins to connect with his father’s helpers, with all these forces and conditions that bring a new light, the light of a “candle,” in the dungeon, and not that light which is available outside to all the inhabitants of this world.

And then the light of a candle is lit for him in the dungeon, but not because somebody brought him from above the same light that everybody else has. But they bring him another light and help the king. Then, namely in this dark state, a person begins to see that this is not darkness but a big Light, only different, new! This is a new level, new world.

He grew up because for all these 20 years he worked in the cellar rather than simply waiting for his release. Every moment, he had to make an effort, and that is why this moment went by and passed into the next one. Thus, he connected all the moments.

He turned darkness into light by finishing all these steps. And all the troubles and sufferings that he had experienced became fulfillment suitable for the Creator who gives them to a person who now understands and feels Him and can enjoy all His treasures and fulfillment like the Creator, and not like other people.

That is, a person has to grow due to darkness and his own efforts to the point where he understands what the Creator enjoys and what kind of pleasure He wants to give to man. Thus, a person comes out of the cellar.

However, he enters another world, his world, his level, worthy of a king’s son. He is not like all the people around him, whom he once envied. All that bitterness and suffering which he had experienced in relation to this world helped him break away from it, learn his attitude towards the Creator, and turn this relationship from bad into good by faith above reason.

Now, he realizes that it is exactly what the king’s wealth is, and not those petty pleasures with which the inhabitants of that city, this world, fill themselves. The real pleasure is in bestowal, and not in reception of some crumbs that comfort all the others, hanging around the city streets.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/11/2011, Baal HaSulam’s letter

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A Thread Towards The Kabbalists Of The Past

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: We read primary Kabbalistic sources that contain the Light. Is there any other way to attract it?

Answer: You have to learn to keep connection with the system in which people are in bestowal. You have to keep connection with Kabbalists, with the primary sources, since the Light fills them.

We all are in the single system of Malchut of the world of Infinity. Everything that happens further is merely garments, concealment, and curtains behind which our state becomes darker. However, this all is the same Malchut.

Therefore, wishing to awaken the next states, you establish contact with people, souls, and desires, which are already corrected—with the Kabbalists. You read what they have written for you to keep connection with them, to be as close as possible to their place in the general system.

How else can you attract the Light that Reforms? You need at least a thread to the same idea, to the Kabbalist’s message. Even if you read the text in translation, even if its presentation is difficult for you and you prefer an easy, adapted version, but the idea itself is essential for you. At least in something, you should be connected with the desire of Baal HaSulam, Abraham, Rabbi Akiva, Ramchal, the Ari, Moshe, and so on. You need a thread that leads to the corrected part of the system.

How could it be otherwise? Would you talk about mutual guarantee on the streets? What do the egoists who chant similar slogans think about? Like soccer fans, they are ready to beat the tar out of anybody because love between them is always directed against something else. This is what egoism is, and it does not understand anything else.

The word “fascism” also means connection, unity, but only in opposition to someone. This is what may happen if we do not give people the Light that will neutralize this attitude and spread mutual guarantee worldwide, rejecting the possibility to love some and hate others.

Otherwise, without this message, Nazi regimes will be installed. People will unite to combat the crisis and then will turn against each other.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/11/2011, “Matan Torah (The Giving of the Torah)”

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Changing Ourselves Together

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn our times physical actions don’t determine anything. Nature is demanding the right attitude from us. And this is the problem. We shouldn’t give out free help to people or take the last shirt off our backs. What’s required from you is a different attitude. You have to change yourself rather than the way you act.

Until now we acted physically, the way our egoism or false altruism desired. We gave out bread to the poor and generally speaking, tried to change the world any way we liked. But it’s been enough. The results speak for themselves. From now on, we are the ones who have to change.

Instead of changing the world, we want to change ourselves with the help of external forces. This is the new tendency. On this path we will see how everything we have managed to concoct is becoming corrected.

But it’s difficult for a person to grasp this. He thinks, “What, I have to change? Why don’t you just take 10% more in taxes from me instead.” And therefore, this requires the public opinion. It will make easy what now seems difficult. And then it won’t be so difficult anymore. If everyone starts thinking about this, then I will happily join them. After all, the influence of the people around me works by itself. It does not depend on me, I don’t determine anything. I depend on others.

And therefore, we don’t have to turn to every person individually. The most important thing is to change the environment, the general way of thinking in the world. And everything else will come along.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/11, “Arvut”
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When Problems Aren’t Solved One At A Time

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: When a person starts listening to us, he naturally starts asking: What should I do?

Answer: You have to receive more and more information about the fact that the world’s well-being depends on the good connection between people. And it depends on that absolutely. Money, your place of work, pension, vacation, health, ecology, weather, education, marital relations – and anything you can only imagine cannot be built or corrected “head on.”

What seems to be the problem? If we have a financial crisis, then we’ll print more money and will give it out to whomever we have to. There’s a problem with Libya? Then let’s put pressure on Libya. This is nonsense, but not the kind we can laugh at. It is very bitter nonsense.

No matter what the problem is, today it is impossible to solve it head on, directly, even though this is precisely how we acted in the past. How easy everything used to be: Something happened here so we corrected it here, something happened there so we corrected it there. But that won’t work anymore. Now this is impossible.

We have ended up in a closed system, and while you are fixing one of its parts, another part breaks down. Today you have to know the whole system. Today you have to include it inside of yourself, think globally the way it does, and sense it globally. That is the only way you can achieve success.

Why are the G7, 8 or 20 meetings useless? Why doesn’t a single government program to come out of the crisis work? This is the whole reason.

We have to understand that mutual guarantee is the solution and the right approach to any problem.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/14/11, Arvut

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