Good Environment – 10.24.11

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

The Weakness Of The Powerful

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Today you published research results that discovered a nucleus of 147 leading world corporations that are tightly intertwined with one another, support each other, and to many, epitomize the notion of globalization in its negative sense, as those who hog the power over the world. Should anything change in this regard as a result of our unification?

Answer: I don’t think that the leaders of these corporations were smart enough to incite such a plan. Nature was pulling the strings, and it brought them to the current situation. Man does not choose anything here. He is simply driven by the egoistic desire, which develops to global proportions.

In reality the matter is not confined to 147 companies. If we make a truly deep and precise calculation, then we probably won’t find anything beyond this network. However, its “above-water” aspect, which connects everyone, can be imagined in this way.

On the other hand, there is a significant problem concealed here, which the big players are discovering today. The immense scope and interconnection with others gives them power, but at the same time, enormous weakness. After all, they are “tied together” and cannot do anything. None of them is able to budge a millimeter. The threads between them became ties that are impossible to escape.

Thus, it turns out that instead of providing anyone with power, the global network rules by itself, fully and entirely. The world is no longer able to break this connection, and as a result, it cannot change it in order to improve its situation in any way. No summits will improve the situation with the help of any means at their disposal. After all, these means are no longer effective, which is what we are seeing over the course of recent years.

The world leaders are powerless. In this situation the global network compels them to be idle because the regular methods—both economic and military force—do not help. Pour money into banks, change the dictators—nothing will help. The world is now governed by this network, and its movement cannot be stopped.

The only thing that can be done is to take care of people’s upbringing, about inner movements. It is necessary to change the quality of the “matter” that is connected by the threads of this network. You can’t change the network by itself, but you can improve the quality of its constituent parts, and then their connection will improve. That is the only way the entire system can be lifted to the level of interaction and prosperity.

This will already be something new, completely different from what the people in power had in mind. However, this will provide us with life. Otherwise the network will begin to kill those who are in it. The world has to understand that there is just one opportunity, just one approach to the modern problems: to take care of people’s worldview, to raise their consciousness, their moral level. Then their connection, which envelops their network, rises from negative, egoistic and protectionist, to unity, cohesion, and mutual guarantee.

All other plans won’t help. Moreover, the new upbringing should be conducted by people with a point in the heart, who attract the Light that reforms. Otherwise nothing will work. In the current conditions, only one clear and narrow direction for actions will work.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/11, “Peace in the World”

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Truth From The Belly

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Baal HaSulam’s words sound like a utopia. Clearly, if every person works for the common good, then everyone will be well off. But do we have the means to create that kind of society?

Answer: Of course we do. There is a set of elementary means that make it possible to do this easily and willingly, while being imbued with enthusiasm and providing enormous reward for yourself. Even from the purely egoistic point of view, it’s worth it because you will get rid of all the troubles of this world, will set up good relationships with other people, and in them you will acquire a new world, full of goodness. So what more could you want?

“But how can this be done?” you ask. The answer is: by realizing your free choice through creating an environment around you that will constantly brainwash you and press on your feelings with the profit of bestowal.

So what’s the problem? Everything is very logical. And if we don’t want it, then several disasters in the near future will change our priorities. When you lose work, when your fridge goes empty, when your children will demand something that you can’t possibly do for them, when your wife starts putting pressure on you, then not finding any alternative, you will discover that there is correction for this world, after all.

In reality, you evoke Nature’s harsh attitude to you yourself. You put yourself in conflict with it by not corresponding to the demands it is presenting to you. And these demands are clear: a global, integral, equal unification for all. We have to take an example from nature. On this path we will reach success, and on any other—only suffering. That is how the law of equivalence of form is expressed which operates in physics, biology, and all other fields. Until today only human society posed an exception, but today the time has come to observe this law in society as well, and to do it by our own desire.

So go ahead—try it. If you can’t do it, then you will suffer due to violating the law until it forces you to observe it. This is what always happens in the process of natural development. Previously you also received blows of differing intensity, which pushed you forward without you even being aware of it most of the time. You experienced pressure from different sides and solved the problems that emerged. Sometimes you had to wage wars and revolutions, which are greater impulses toward appeasement, when things were simply unbearable anymore.

That is how you developed until now and that is how you will develop from now on. You will always have an opportunity to take the next step. After all, you are matter that feels, a desire for pleasure, and this desire can be turned into anything. Just press in the right place with the right force, and it already shouts, “I want!” It shouts because it does not wish to suffer. Through this escape from suffering, you can be taught greater wisdom and be brought to bestowal as the desired redemption.

We know from our own experience that we can easily change our opinion depending on the circumstances. It’s enough for the circumstances to change and we immediately make a different calculation, raising a new truth onto the pedestal.

“What kind of truth is that? You just have greater profit there.” But you object, “No, it’s the truth!” And you say this from the bottom of your heart, even though it’s the sincerity of the belly, which forced you to rethink things. That is how the desire for pleasure operates in every one of us.

Therefore, if we don’t want to advance consciously, with awareness, then Nature will force us to do it. By our disagreement with its program of development, we create the future unpleasant states ourselves. Previously evolution led us “on a short leash,” but now everything is different. It’s as if you have been transferred to “standby mode” and given the opportunity to advance independently: Try to do something, activate your free choice, start organizing an environment.

However, if we don’t do that, then some time later, negative occurrences will be expressed in society, which will force us to budge. For example, today we are discovering that people cannot begin correction yet and cannot hear us. We are also guilty of that because we haven’t yet learned to disseminate materials that are clear and that warm every person’s heart. As a result, the next state is being revealed: The world feels bad, and we feel even worse. That’s because at the end of the day, the work is our responsibility.

If we do not wish to unite in the good way and turn to the world with the force of our unity, then we will desire it from the bad way. We can’t run away from this mission, just like Jonah the prophet could not escape his predestination.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/24/11, “Peace in the World”

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One Super-Corporation Runs The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News: “A University of Zurich study ‘proves’ that a small group of companies – mainly banks – wields huge power over the global economy. The study is the first to look at all 43,060 transnational corporations and the web of ownership between them – and created a ‘map’ of 1,318 companies at the heart of the global economy.

“The study found that 147 companies formed a ‘super entity’ within this, controlling 40 per cent of its  wealth. All own part or all of one another. Most are banks – the top 20 includes Barclays and Goldman Sachs. But the close connections mean that the network could be vulnerable to collapse.

“The financial collapse of 2008 showed that such tightly-knit networks can be unstable.

‘If one company suffers distress,’ Glattfelder says, ‘This propagates.’” (Source: Daily Mail)

“One thing won’t chime with some of the protesters’ claims: the super-entity is unlikely to be the intentional result of a conspiracy to rule the world. ‘Such structures are common in nature,’ says Sugihara.

“So, the super-entity may not result from conspiracy. The real question, says the Zurich team, is whether it can exert concerted political power. Driffill feels 147 is too many to sustain collusion. Braha suspects they will compete in the market but act together on common interests. Resisting changes to the network structure may be one such common interest.” (Source: NewScientist)

My Comment: The conclusion is surprising: Nobody rules the world, neither the Jews, nor the rich, nor governments—and this is correct. The world is ruled by Nature or the Creator, and we are unable to influence the program of the world’s development. Rather, we can determine the form in which the program will manifest in front of us: Whether it will be more or less friendly to us, whether we will move to our next mandatory state, the society of mutual guarantee, through the Nazi regimes, World War III, and the destruction of much of humanity, or straight to the society of mutual guarantee and reasonable consumption.

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Nazism In A New World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Ynetnews): “Several anti-Semitic incidents have been reported during the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York as Jews were blamed for the turmoil in America’s financial markets. In addition, anti-Israel signs were raised against ‘Israel’s occupation of Gaza.’

“The Emergency Committee for Israel has published a hard-to-watch clip in which Jews are attacked and blamed for the financial crisis and assistance to Israel.

“It should be noted that the video is political in nature and seeks to tie President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to the protesters, urging them to ‘stand up to the mob.’

“The White House, on its part, is trying to take advantage of the demonstrations against Wall Street while the anti-Obama camp is attempting to tie the protesters to the far Left and Israel’s enemies.

“In the clip, a young demonstrator is seen arguing with an older Jewish man wearing a yarmulke. At one point, the young man says: ‘I work, earn seven dollars an hour. You have the money. You don’t speak English? You are from Israel? Go back to Israel.’

“Another African-American protester accuses the Jews of taking over America. ‘The smallest group in America controls the money, media, and all other things. The fingerprints belong to the Jewish bankers. I am against Jews who rob America. They are one percent who control America. President Obama is a Jewish puppet. The entire economy is Jewish. Every federal judge in the East Coast is Jewish.’”

My Comment: According to Kabbalah, after the capitalist system, we can continue our development along the evolutionary chain by moving either towards Nazism and World War III or towards communism, which can be reached through the establishment of the society of mutual guarantee. Hence, it is not surprising that similar slogans appear in the U.S., especially since there is no shortage of instigators, and the government is active.

The previous post “One Super-Corporation Runs The World” helps us to examine whether the instigators are right or indeed nobody rules the world!

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Russia’s Middle Class Will Suffer

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion: (Irina Hakamada, economist, from “’The U.S. economy is already in recession, Europe is experiencing tremendous debt pressure on the government, thus inevitably, the wave of recession will spread to Russia, and unpopular measures will be required.’

“’In Russia, 1 percent of the population consumes more than 50 percent of national income. We have an unjust society, and it is bad for many people. So I think that if the second wave of the crisis will cover Russia, it will again hit the middle class, who will lose jobs and will get burned with loans and mortgages.”

My Comment: However, due to the slave mentality of the population, the remnants of serfdom, and the habitual obedience during the Soviet era, the strengthening of nationalist and other circles or protests are unlikely.

By the way, this is for the better because it allows for immediately starting the search for new solutions—in the unity of society, similarity to nature, bringing Vernadsky’s ideas to life, and building in reality what was only spoken about during the Soviet years. Back then, the authorities forced it by power, artificially, and thus the people resisted, but today Nature compels us to reach mutual guarantee. There is no other alternative to survive.

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Statistics (from The American Dream): “A new Sesame Street character that is poverty-stricken and hungry is not the only unusual sign that things have changed in America.

“-Things are so bad in America that now Hallmark is actually offering a 6 card line of ‘job loss’ greeting cards.

“-Things are so bad in America that now gangster rappers are actually making rap videos about using food stamps.

“-Things are so bad in America that the number of Americans that are submitting applications for temporary work visas in Canada has approximately doubled since 2008.

“-Things are so bad in America that thieves are now stealing air conditioners, drain covers, hair extensions and even embalming fluid.’

“But things are especially bad for children.

“The following are some jaw-dropping statistics about how children are faring in our declining economy….

“The poverty rate for children living in the United States increased to 22% in 2010.  That means that tonight more than one out of every five U.S. children is living in poverty.

“Right now, one out of every four American children is on food stamps.

“There are 314 counties in the United States where at least 30% of the children are facing food insecurity.

“In Washington D.C., the ‘child food insecurity rate’ is 32.3%.

“More than 20 million U.S. children rely on school meal programs to keep from going hungry.

“Approximately one-third of the entire population of Alabama is now on food stamps.

“The number of Americans that are going to food pantries and soup kitchens has increased by 46% since 2006.

“It is being projected that approximately 50 percent of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 18.

“Last year, the number of Americans living in poverty increased by an all-time record 2.6 million.

“It is estimated that up to half a million children may currently be homeless in the United States.

“More than 45 million Americans are now on food stamps.  The number of Americans on food stamps has increased 74% since 2007.

“Sometimes it is hard to believe that this is still the United States of America.

“Aren’t we supposed to be the most prosperous nation on the planet? Sadly, it looks like things are starting to take a turn for the worse once again. U.S. employers announced 212 percent more job cuts this September than they did last September.

“America is changing, and not for the better.

“Unless fundamental changes are made, our economy is going to continue to deteriorate and a lot more people are going to suffer.”

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The Crisis Is In Understanding What Is Happening

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from InoPressa, originally published in The Times): “Politicians were negligent by allowing the euro-zone crisis to spread. Now they are finally considering radical and necessary measures, including debt restructuring.

“The creation of the euro has become one of the greatest political mistakes of today. …Now, the world leaders can only reduce the damage. Judging by the measures proposed at the IMF summit in Washington…, politicians, at least, understand the importance and scale of the problem. This step… gives some hope that the right decisions will be made.

“The scheme of saving the euro has to be precise. According to the preliminary data, it will consist of three elements: a write-down of as much as 50 percent of Greek sovereign debt, the strengthening of the reserves of European banks, and a significant expansion of the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF), a temporary rescue fund to save the euro, from 440 billion euros to around 2 trillion euros. … While the omens are not good, European governments are taking their time, and investors lack confidence.

“But this is the only logical course of stabilization of the euro zone and prevention of an economic collapse at even larger scale… Politicians are aware of this. Now, they must act.”

My Comment: Of course, all these measures will cushion the blows of the crisis because they are the actions of unity. But they do not solve the problem because the crisis manifests in our egoistic relationships on purpose so that we replace our egoistic relationships with mutual guarantee, bestowal, connection, and unity, meaning so that we change ourselves!

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Woe From Egoistic Wit

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: How do you separate the mind that you have received at birth from the acting higher mind?

Answer: Our life experience will gradually show us that our corporeal mind is not worth anything. Even though we still exalt it because it’s the only thing that elevates us above animals.

However, in the end we see that our mind and intellectual abilities are bringing us to a life worse than that of the animals. We are constantly in a state of fear, concern, worries, tension, and a thousand different calculations. We cause our illnesses and poison our environment. What other animal ruins their environment like this?

We intentionally create enemies and haters around us. Who else does this other than man? Ultimately, all our actions bring us to destruction. The mind makes man the worst and a truly unhappy animal. How does it help us?

We are slowly coming to these conclusions, even though it’s not easy to agree with them. This is the mind that we have received from nature which determines all our desires and inclinations. We need to decide with our mind (head) and in our desires (heart) that all of this only hurts us, and it would be better to not even use them at all.

Humanity gradually started discovering this. Our desire to develop science has disappeared because it does not give us the feeling of a happier life. And in our days humankind is entering a new system of relations, and it will soon reveal itself to us and show us our absolute connection and dependence upon one another.

We are in a common system that binds our hands and feet, and neither feelings nor mind can help us. If I am chained to billions of other people, connected with invisible threads in a way that makes me unable to make a single independent move, then how can my sensitivity and intellect help me? After all, from the very start, I am unable to make the slightest move that I choose to make in such system.

I suddenly discover that I am simply a rivet, a tiny element in the system, forced to act and left with no freedom. I can flap as much as I want, but all my moves only exist in my imagination; I only think that I am changing things. But in reality we are in a firm and well-balanced system, and no one is asking for our opinion.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/21/2011, “The Acting Mind”

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We Are Being Pressured By The Higher System

Dr. Michael LaitmanWe have been created with qualities that do not allow us to create a healthy, balanced society. No matter how much we try, our actual essence denies us this opportunity.

Even if all of humanity really wants to bring things into order on their own, the initial defect within us will destroy all the efforts. We can spend a million years going around the idea of unity, but we will not be able to realize it. Only the upper Light can do it. Our own “initiatives” will only add problems.

There are seven billion of us, and our egoism has been growing over the course of history. We have finally become a “round” system that our egoism has united into. Today, we see the screws tightening this system. We see it compress, become tighter, and we see it revealing new connections between us.

This interconnection did not manifest before, but now it is coming out. We will mark the beginning of this process as the year 1995, even though Baal HaSulam wrote in the forties that the world had become one family.

It will be 2012 soon, and the system is consolidating before our eyes. New continuous and reciprocal threads of connections are coming through. Reciprocity is mutual guarantee, no matter how it manifests, whether in a positive or a negative way.


This way, Nature obligates us to unite, and it will continue to act in a timely manner through suffering. The question is what kind of compression and pressure will be needed for us to say: “Enough, it’s time to do something with society.” However, so far, we are gripped in a vice only slightly.

One way or another, only the upper Light that Reforms will be able to give us peace. Only it will reveal the proper interconnection to us and change us so that we would want to unite or, to be more precise, to accept what already exists.

After all, we are connected, but against our will. This is where the crisis comes from. The world crisis is the manifestation of the distance between the desired and the actual. Universal interconnection is a fact. Professionals and researchers testify about it, and Baal HaSulam writes about it. It is real, but undesirable. Only the upper Light will give us the necessary desire. Nothing else will help man change his nature.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/18/2011, “Peace in the World”

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