Mutual Understanding Beyond The Language Barrier

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: In one of the towns we encountered a situation where half of the population speaks Russian and the other half only knows the local language. What language should be used for teaching the integral method? Should we separate people on the basis of language or bring them together?

Answer: Perhaps this is a typical situation indeed. Separating people is definitely bad, but it’s necessary in terms of learning the material. If the integral method is presented in video format, then we can offer subtitles. The main, basic language is Russian, with subtitles underneath.

But by no means should we separate people; we should continue the studies together in two languages. Everyone should speak in whatever language they are comfortable with, while at the same time trying to neutralize the language barrier. In other words, ignore it, try to understand each other, and make the most contact as possible with each other. The atmosphere should be benevolent and absolutely equal.

Response: Considering that knowledge is secondary to the integral processes, it doesn’t matter how well a person can speak. What’s more important is the feeling of unity.

Answer: The fact of the matter is that a person needs to realize that the process being offered is a necessary process because otherwise it’s impossible to overcome the crisis. Therefore, we need to constantly convince him that another method for solving the crisis doesn’t exist. For that, he needs to assimilate and absorb certain knowledge into himself. So we still need to fill him with certain basic facts.
From KabTV’s “Experimental City: Upbringing” 3/3/12

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