When one reads about the disasters that happen to us in the newspapers, such as a person falls off the fifth floor of a building or a gas tank blows up at someone’s house, he does not read about the laws that people fail to follow, but about their consequences. He fails to understand where everything is coming from.
Scientists learn that falling from the fifth floor happens according to the law of gravity, and moreover, the strength of the blow to the ground is enough to kill a person. When you put something flammable next to a gas tank, it can explode because it contains a certain gas, a certain system, and so on. In other words, if we study the laws, we will be able to prevent disasters.
So what are the newspapers writing about? They are writing about the consequences of my lack of knowledge of the laws of nature. People need education, upbringing. Then everything will be fine. Not only will I stop jumping off the fifth floor, touching bare electrical wires, or exploding gas tanks, I will see how I cause hurricanes, tsunamis, and so forth. I will stop cutting down trees just to make myself totally needless toys, and I will stop destroying the coral reefs that are essential for the ocean’s microflora.
If you explain to everyone that we must be in balance with nature, instead of going against its laws, and that this is the only way for us to win, you will become a practical means of mass education.
From the Talk on Mutual Guarantee 9/25/2011