The American Dream Boomeranging Back

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Should the dissemination of the science of Kabbalah in America differ from its dissemination in other countries due to the influence of the “American dream,” which we are supposedly able to achieve here—the dream of lots of money, a good life,…? How can we fight this stereotype?

Answer: I think that other countries still have fantasies that it is possible to attain this “dream” in America. Yet, I think all of this is becoming a thing of the past. People have to wake up from the dream. I don’t think this “dream” will last much longer, both for those living in America and for those living abroad.

Look at how Americans are losing respect in the whole world, how people are no longer showing a good attitude to them and are in fact starting to look down upon them. And soon this will even turn into hatred. This is happening particularly because people do not wish to tolerate America’s attitude to them, the attitude of a country that allows itself the liberty to do anything it wishes.

Therefore, I don’t think this “American dream” has any power. As the crisis gets worse, more and more people in the world will reveal that the “American dream,” which has already melted, was built at their expense because America shrewdly exploited the whole world. And this will come back to it as a very powerful boomerang.

To the extent we disseminate the method of correction, which lies in unity, equality, and mutual guarantee, we will save ourselves from blame and blows, as it is written, “Love will cover all sins.” We won’t try to settle old scores, but will create new, kind relationships. Whatever happened happened. It’s not worth raking up the past.

If we start settling old scores, then the whole world will come to America with complaints because that is how its economic systems are built: at the expense of other nations. Only the method offered to us by the science of Kabbalah will cleanse all the old scores until today, and from here on we will begin building something new, without remembering any of what happened yesterday.
From the New York lecture #2, 9/12/11

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One Comment

  1. I can appreciate what you’re saying. It is my thoughts as well that these “values” of pretty women, perfect houses, and lots of money are running out of steam. I think other countries will still try it, because they are just now getting out of their old ways and the youth are rebelling. Wanting to be more American or Democratic. However, the United States has been playing the American Dream game for a while now and we have already gone through the process and are just now realizing it doesn’t work. I think, therefore, it’s a good opportunity for us to think about uniting with other countries and everyone else, since we are the first to see that it doesn’t really fullfill true happiness. Still, there are Americans who haven’t reached the American Dream yet, who, like other countries now, will try for it anyway. But, for those of us who know or see it isn’t working or a perfect system, we can try a different method and focus on unifying our country and the world instead.

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