Like Fish In A Net

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How should we go about mass dissemination and what should we do differently from how we have acted until now?

Answer: In some people the urge to reveal a perfect reality awakens by itself. These are the people with “a point in the heart.” They ask questions like, “What is the purpose of my life? What am I living for? What gives me life?” By no means does this have to make them depressed, or perhaps just a little. But most importantly, they have a burning passion within. They feel that there is something concealed from this world, that there is something else operating in reality.

In reality, everyone comes up against this question, but most people muffle it out. Yet not everyone is able to. These people get “swept” onto our shore, similarly to how an electric charge in a magnetic field moves toward its source, carried by the force of attraction. People come to us not knowing how or why. The fact of the matter is that everyone is inside a single field of information, nature, or plan of creation, and precisely we have the primary sources that originate from there, answers to timeless questions.

We roughly designate these people as 1% of humanity. Their number grows from one day to the next and they awaken across the whole world: at the icy north and in a Nigerian village, in Japan, China, Chile, and in the center of Europe…. The point in the heart does not depend on geography. It is a sign of a new phase of development. Gradually it will start awakening in everyone, but for now we are the first generation that aspires to find out what it is living for. Our egoistic desire has reached the stage where it demands to attain the meaning of its existence.

This is already a question asked by a human being rather than an animal whose sole interest is only to arrange its life the best way. Precisely the human being in us asks, “What am I living for?” For people like that, we have a method that’s ready. They start studying and receiving explanations.

But what should be done about the others? We never thought we would have to address those who do not ask the question about the cause and purpose of life. However, the events taking place today are obligating us to act. The crisis has arrived and humanity has found itself at a dead end with the world’s leaders not knowing what to do, as if they are little children. They get together at G8 and G20 conferences, but there is no answer. They make far-reaching decisions, but the decisions don’t work.

The problem is that the world has become closed in a global system, while they are not global. On the contrary, they are individualists and egoists. Therefore, they do not know how to approach modern global problems correctly.

The science of Kabbalah says that during these times, we have to come out into the world and disseminate knowledge about the new situation in it. Obviously, we have to act without pressuring anyone and without looking down on people from above, but on the contrary, we have to be as friendly as possible and approach people in the way that’s most comfortable for them. We have to give them an explanation of the fact that we have entered a new system of interconnection and therefore all of the previous forms of connection do not work any longer.

We have to learn this new system and understand what our universal interconnection means. It’s similar to entering a new workplace that is governed by rules you do not know, and where you must first find your bearings. It takes time for you to get used to the accepted norms of communication, to figure out the system, to find the points of contact in it, to start pressing the right buttons and receiving the right reactions…. And that is just a regular situation in our world.

In contrast to it, the new interconnection that is being revealed between us today is opposite to our nature. It does not match my inner quality and I cannot study it. First I have to change on the inside, and only then will I be able to figure out this integral connection that is being revealed everywhere today: at workplaces, in industry and production, politics and economy, and in all the relationships between us, even including family life.

Therefore, the first thing required of me is a willingness to understand. If I, an egoist, were entering a regular egoistic company, then with time I would set up the right relationships. However, today I am entering an integral society in which everyone is interconnected as cells of one body, even if they do not feel it yet. That means I have to rebuild myself from the inside, to receive correction.

It turns out that humanity has found itself in a critical state. Today every person has to change and understand what kind of net has come down on us. In this net we are flapping about like fish, unable to escape the universal connection. Without understanding this connection, we will not be able to do anything in our world. After all, we depend on one another, and therefore, without becoming aware of the new laws, we won’t be able to make contracts, maintain the bank system, production and trade, exchange goods and knowledge….

The doors that were open to us before are closing, and the mechanisms that have been working are drawing to a halt. “It’s a crisis,” we say, but it’s not a regular crisis and therefore, we are unable to control it. This unusual, nonstandard, and completely new state is what we have to explain to the world.

Besides, we have to explain how we can change in accordance with the new, global system. After all, in essence, nature is inviting us to become integral parts of it. Previously every one of us was blowing up his own, egoistic “bubble,” swallowing the resources of the environment. But today, despite the enormous egoism, we have to set up an interconnection and unite among one another based on the principles of mutual help and support, similar to parts of one body. And that is extremely opposite to our personal benefit.

Therefore, in order to change, I have to involve an external pressure, or stated differently, build an environment. It’s similar to how parents are watchful of who their child is friends with because his environment today is him tomorrow. That is how I must artificially form an environment for myself that will influence me from all sides. By doing so, it’s as if I pull myself out of the swamp by the hair because I create a wonderful, proper environment for myself so it will cultivate the right approach in me and imbue me with new, global, integral values that I lack.

I build this environment artificially, but when it influences me, I change in actuality. Then I add new “bricks” to it so it will provide me with even greater support, so it would be even more consolidated, interconnected, and global, and then it influences me again.

That is how I form myself and pull myself out of egoism and individualism into the general unity. At the same time, I study nature’s enormous system and in essence, carry out the Creator’s work. There is nowhere for me to take an example from besides the books written by Kabbalists who have already done this. Side by side with modern scientists, they explain to us what the global nature is.

At the end of the day, it’s as if we are playing: We turn ourselves into a game that raises us. It’s the same as how little children grow and get smarter as they “play.” By acting this way, I start to understand this enormous system and from there I see how to build new mechanisms of our relationships.

That is how I come out of the crisis and start to understand that this is not a crisis at all, but a game, a disassembled Lego set that we have to assemble. By putting together pieces of the broken whole, similar to a child, I develop until reaching the level of this whole system.

For the first time in history, we are facing the need to build the new, human society ourselves, to create a system of the proper interconnection out of small egoists. By doing so, we will reveal this system and will start living in it all together with a common mind and feeling, and then we will rise to a mind and feeling that lie above the current, individual life of each of us. This will become the revelation of the concealed world.

We have to perform this work ourselves in our global system. And we must also explain it to others. Humanity will have to make this happen. Otherwise we won’t get through the crisis. It will exert extremely powerful pressure on us until we carry out this task, similar to how parents pressure children to study.
From the Miami lecture 9/14/11

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One Comment

  1. I’m glad you brought this up and also that you mention depression when asking the meaning of life. It doesn’t make me depressed, personally to think about it, however, when I try to explain examining hatred or being aware of it. Others think it’s negative or depressing to focus on such negative things like hatred or how bad we are inside. In a sense I get what they are saying. No one likes to look at themselves and admit they are not as loving or great as they think they are in reality. But, it seems we have to be able to look at this in us in order to change it. And, not let it get us down so that we don’t change it.

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