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In the News (from The Economist): “The Credit Suisse ‘Global Wealth Report’ estimates that there were 24.2m millionaires [a millionaire is anyone whose net assets exceed $1m. That includes everything: a home, an art collection, even the value of an as-yet-inaccessible pension scheme] in mid-2010, about 0.5% of the world’s adult population. By this measure, there are more millionaires than there are Australians. They control $69.2 trillion in assets, more than a third of the global total. Some 41% of them live in the United States, 10% in Japan and 3% in China.
“The global wealth pyramid has a very wide base and a sharp point. The richest 1% of adults control 43% of the world’s assets; the wealthiest 10% have 83%. The bottom 50% have only 2%. This suggests a huge disparity of influence. The wealthiest tenth control the vast bulk of the world’s capital, giving them a lot of say in funding businesses, charities and politicians. The bottom 50% control hardly any capital at all.”
My Comment: Until people become equal, the causes of hostility, insecurity, and hatred will not disappear. According to the plan of nature, we must realize that the most perfect state of humanity is equality (see Baal HaSulam’s article “Peace in the World”). First, it is equality with each other, which is the first degree of our spiritual development, and then equality with the Creator, which is the final, 125th degree of this ladder, the purpose of creation.
In the News (from TheMarker): “Analysts are becoming more pessimistic about the present situation in Europe.”
Dylan Grice, a research analyst at Société Générale’s Global Strategy Team: “… compared Germany’s policy today against the policies that enabled the rise of Hitler. Specifically, he said that post-Weimar, Germany became too aggressive about fighting inflation, thus prompting deflation, thus prompting more unemployment, thus enabling the rise of the Nazis.”
Bob Janjuah, strategist, Nomura Bank “said that any talk of the ECB saving Europe was a mere pipedream.”
Jim Reid of Deutsche Bank: “If you don’t think Merkel’s tone will change, then our investment advice is to dig a hole in the ground and hide.”
George Goncalves, Managing Director and Head Of Us Interest Rates, Nomura Securities: “We could be approaching the point of no return for the fate of the euro… We still believe there is time to prevent worst-case scenarios, but these sort of watershed moments reveal one thing, that market practitioners are ill-equipped to navigate the political process, especially one that is driven by 17 different governments.”
Opinion: (George Soros, billionaire investor): “The world financial system not only isn’t functioning, it’s on the brink of collapse…
“The Hungarian-born philanthropist, who recently spent time in areas where his charities are active, such as Africa, said he sees a growing bifurcation between emerging and developed countries – and he’s more confident about prospects for the emerging ones.
“Despite their assorted problems, including corruption, weak infrastructure and shaky government, developing countries are relatively unscathed by the ‘deflationary debt trap that the developed world is falling into,’ Mr. Soros said…
“The current global financial system is in a ‘self-reinforcing process of disintegration,’ Mr. Soros warned, and ‘the consequences could be quite disastrous. You have to do what you can to stop it developing in that direction.’
“While the economic and fiscal woes of the developed world remain critical, Mr. Soros said his recent travels gave him a sense of optimism about Africa and the Arab world.
“‘A lot of positive things are happening,’ he said. ‘I see Africa together with the Arab Spring as areas of progress. The Arab Spring was a revolutionary development.'”
My Comment: Were it not financiers who brought the world to its collapse? And now they still claim to be its advisers and leaders! They consider the Arab revolutions they have made as progress because it suits them. But the general crisis will sweep everything away and will force to think not in terms of dollars, but integrality.
“The Arvut Convention In Tel-Aviv: A Union Of People Determined To Unify The Whole World
“Even without the knowledge of Spanish, French or Turkish one can understand what the participants of the World Arvut Convention, along with almost two million people actively studying Kabbalah around the world, talk about and try to achieve. But the convention wasn’t just a three-day holiday and happy get-together; there were lessons and lectures there. Arvut Olami in Hebrew means global mutual responsibility. The idea is that when each one of us is able to be responsible for his friend, neighbour, and even a stranger, our world will truly become better. While some people see this as utopia, Kabbalists consider it a science.
“Dr. Michael Laitman explains, ‘Mutual guarantee is a strictly accurate method of balancing inner nature with outer one, and it has a huge number of formulas, graphs, numbers, and relationships. It is practical physics, the physics of balance, of our homeostasis with the external world. One the one hand, what Kabbalah says seems to be just another utopia, but on the other, we’ve reached a massive crisis in our economic relationships, the breaking up of the family, divorce, and drug abuse, an all-round crisis. So there is really no other way for humankind other than to transform itself into a society of mutual responsibility.’
There is nothing more important than freedom. When I am in chains, when someone controls me, it does not matter who it is in particular. It makes no difference to me whether it is nature, or the Creator, or the upper force, or God. I do not care if He has a mind and feelings or on the contrary, is faceless and indifferent. This is not what matters.
When I am in the hands of someone or something, I do not exist. My “I” does not exist. There is only a certain being under total power of a force of a higher order.
Any item that we speak of has its own essence in our eyes. It exists on its own. Even if it is a chair or a house, we attribute an independent existence to it. We subconsciously personify it. For example, we get angry at a frozen computer or a broken car. Nothing has value in our eyes without a certain share of independence.
Thus, the notion of freedom is fundamental. We perceive things only if we see them as independent, self-existing. Otherwise, we simply do not distinguish it; we do not recognize it. I attribute independence to things. To the extent of this independence, they acquire weight and meaning for me, to the point of becoming a source of threat or pleasure. I weigh everything in the world on the scale of freedom. Only then do I recognize and form a corresponding attitude.
This individuality of things, people, and phenomena varies according to my tastes and scale of values. Overall, the notion of freedom represents the foundation of my existence. It forms my view of the world. Nothing enters my field of vision without this parameter.
For example, in life, a certain person suddenly becomes important to me because in my eyes, I attribute to him individuality, freedom, a personal opinion, power, and the ability to influence me. On the other hand, when someone loses the “halo” of freedom, importance, and influence in my eyes, he moves aside or completely leaves the picture of my reality. So freedom is a very significant and important notion.
This pertains to my own freedom as well. When I fully, one-hundred percent, depend on someone or something, I simply do not exist. Just as in similar situations when I do not see others, I also do not see myself when I am fully subject to someone else’s will, for example, in prison or captivity.
However, if we go even further, if we acknowledge that the upper force or nature controls all of my cells and physiological systems, all my thoughts and desires, every breath, if there is nothing mine within me, nothing that doesn’t come from somewhere outside of me, then I do not exist. I do not even belong to anyone because in order to be subject to someone, you still need to be. However, in the case of absolute submission, nothing at all remains of me.
This is where the self-ness criterion brings us. It originates in the Creator who, being distinctive and unique, created us and gave us the feeling of the same distinction. Every one of us evaluates himself and others only according to this measure. In this way, we weigh and distinguish details of reality according to the Creator’s presence in them, the force that gives everyone uniqueness and independence. This is why nature is a basic notion.
However, a reasonable question then arises. When I strive for perfection, I become one-hundred percent like the upper force, which means that I carry out its will precisely. I become the Creator’s slave. I forfeit everything I have, I renounce myself, I restrict my desire. My intention is only to bestow. I am ready to do everything the Creator wishes. But do I not annul my distinction, my freedom this way?
Kabbalists say no, on the contrary, this is the way you acquire your freedom and individuality. Right now, you only have a tiny point of freedom and distinction. Then, you acquire the Creator’s full image from Him and dress into it. The only way to achieve absolute freedom is to acquire the Creator’s qualities from Him, His image.
In other words, even my altruistic intention, similarity to the Creator, comes from my egoistic desire. In the end, I consist of two opposites: inside is egoism, the desire to receive, and on the outside, the intention to bestow to the Creator. This is why I do not disappear.
We must understand that our egoism saves us from disappearing. As I ascend the spiritual ladder, my egoism grows on the left, and it is opposite to the Creator. The intention for the sake of bestowal, which is similar to the Creator, grows on the right. I acquire His qualities through this contrast. I acquire them independently, personally, and without becoming dissolved in Him.
This is the gift the Creator has given us: the opportunity to exist independently. In this way, we gradually acquire independence in our spiritual development. In comparison to it, our current state is called “death,” “non-existence,” while spiritual attainment and overcoming is life. The Light that Reforms is called the Torah. It is salvation from the “angel of death.”
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/13/2011, “The Freedom”
The things we see in this world, such as society, the environment, and humanity are all reflections of our infinite state in our so far egoistic screens. This is how we see the world of Infinity where we already exist.
If a person begins to connect to the goal of creation, wishing to attain the Creator and become like Him in qualities, he should join a society and use it for his advancement. My goal to attain the Creator, identify myself with Him, and unite determines my entire attitude toward society, my friends, and myself.
This pertains to the part of humanity that possesses the “point in the heart.” First of all, this point obligates one to attain the Creator, and he comes to the group for this purpose. Then, a person learns that in order to attain the Creator, he needs to connect because this is how we develop our desire to bestow. We will reveal the Creator through the desire to bestow, which we will attain by mutually developing one another.
However, there is that second part of humanity, the ninety-nine percent, in whom the point in the heart has not awakened, and they do not feel the need to attain the Creator. They do not strive toward Him. Life’s problems are the only thing that drives them, and these problems must correspond to our development. They are the consequence of the lack of connection between people.
They will feel the need to connect into a big and wide human society, not just a group. Their goal is to have a good corporeal life, attained through uniting a nation or all of humanity.
Of course, they do not need to go through the same stages we go through in the group. They only need to know the right way to connect into a homogeneous, unified society whose only purpose is to achieve stability, certainty, and corporeal fulfillment.
However, because these two groups exist in connection, one inside the other, the first group (that aspires toward the Creator and has united because of spiritual problems and needs, not because of problems of this corporeal life) radiates its values to the larger group, making it think that there are more worthy goals than just this life. There is more to gain.
Then the second group, the ninety-nine percent, suddenly begins to feel a higher goal and a need to attain it. Thus, it advances. In the end, these two groups begin to come closer to one another. Even though they had different goals, the second group, humanity, suddenly discovers an opportunity to attain an eternal, full, and perfect life that is even higher than the previous corporeal ideal. Then, they accept this new desire.
Thus ultimately, everyone will unite and return to a single system as it was in the beginning of creation.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/12/2011, Writings of Rabash