Scary Story With A Happy Ending

Dr. Michael LaitmanThroughout its entire history, humanity has invented numerous methods of social correction. Along with the progress of humanity, the structure of society acquired new shapes and turned into a more complicated configuration. Consequently, methodologies of augmenting human society have improved and become much more substantial and sophisticated. This is the reason philosophy was brought about, followed by psychology and other social sciences.

Among them, we can find both religious and social movements that are aimed at correcting our society. People are always dissatisfied with the environment they live in. In fact, it’s really a problem. Many studies have been conducted and countless books written on this topic; however, social problems still remain unsolved.

What all these methodologies have in common is that hey are all understandable to mankind. Each methodology can be explored, understood, and implemented. And although none of them have ever brought any benefit to humankind, people do not give up on them and still hope to implement them. People still hope that eventually they will find a way of making them work.

Lately, the growing frustration and sense of powerlessness is becoming clearer by the day. It is becoming increasingly clear that we cannot do anything with our nature, which is the cause of all evil in the world.

Our egoism, our evil inclination, has been expanding over several thousand years. We advance due to our ego. In fact, we really progressed, constructed, and evolved because of our egos. Actually, everything that was ever built and created by a human being in this world was done by a monkey that at some point in its evolution came down from the trees, a monkey that happened to have a mounting egoism which eventually forced it to turn into a human being. Egoism made a monkey develop socially in cities and countries of its habitat. Egoism encouraged the monkey to build, invent, and discover.

We had no doubts that our advancement would carry on. Based on what scientists, economists, and philosophers state today, humanity still hopes that it will continue developing. What else can people hope for? In fact, is there any other way to advance if not for our egoism? It’s the only force in this world that pushes everything ahead and governs every atom, all galaxies, each person, as well as all still, vegetative, and animate nature.

Everything moves because of our egoism. However, during the last 50 years this progressive force that made us advance, create, and construct turned into a “malicious demon,” a cancerous tumor that devours us. Previously, our egoism was used for creativity, although currently it doesn’t produce anything anymore; on the contrary, it destroys everything around.

The systems that were created for our benefit such as high technologies, medicine, education, and culture now work against us. Moreover, they harm us. Modern medicine, instead of healing us, aims to profit from us. High technology destroys the environment. The educational system cripples our children.

There is nothing we can do about it since we are positioned inside our egoism that has turned into a malignant tumor and gobbles itself and everything there is. Thus, it kills the body, all of  humanity.

Nobody in this world has a solution to the current situation. If there is only one force in nature, what can we do about it? We have nothing in our possession but our egoism. Our egos govern us, they push us ahead, accompany and embrace us from ahead and from behind. We know nothing but our egoism. We are totally at its mercy and have no idea where it leads us. Even approaching an abyss, there is nothing we can do against it. That’s why scientists, philosophers, and economists now cling to old values that were in use many years ago, irrespective of the fact that our world is rapidly and strongly declining. Nobody can change this state of affairs!

So, why don’t we, those who learn the wisdom of Kabbalah and who have the second force that is capable to confront egoism, go out and provide others with the recipe for salvation? Why don’t we participate in all the mass media? Why don’t we shout in the streets or give away our books at each street corner? Why don’t we flood newspapers and magazines with our articles? Why don’t we do all of this? Why don’t we meet with scientists, philosophers, well-known artists, and educators?

We actually held several meetings with them. The answer to these questions is very simple. Our methodology is based on having a point in the heart; we simply do not have a chance to explain to others that there exists another force that is capable of opposing our ego, a force with the help of which we can correct egoism. They don’t understand, feel or believe in such a force.

It doesn’t matter if they are religious or secular; they are just unaware that this force exists. Even if it is written in books they consider sacred, they still lack the internal sensation and do not have two bases. And inside we have both of them:  our egoistic inclination and a point that pulls us in a different direction. This point can provide us with the positive force in addition to the negative. We can unleash a war between these two vectors and correct the evil power by the benevolent force, because the Light that the latter contains reforms.

So, we have no chance to appeal to those who don’t have the internal prerequisites. They won’t understand us! They will consider us mystics, and dreamers. This explains why there is no other way to prove that our path and our methodology are correct except for bringing explicit examples. Baal HaSulam writes that we have to show a model that will convince people that our methodology is correct and that it really works! They won’t understand the mechanism of how it works, but the facts will speak for themselves.

If we manage to provide such an example, we’ll then have something to advertise, something that will serve as proof and will appeal to others. It’s impossible to make them feel it directly. The example should be clear and shared not only by us, some special people, but it also has to be apparent to the general public. The example should become known to thousands around us, then they will take part in building unity among everybody. They will feel that bestowal, giving, unity, warmth and love that awaken in us are the best rewards. They will exert to achieve these sensations, leave their egoism behind, and unite with each other on the basis of equality.

Our activities should be very simple: address regular people, unite them, and take care of them until we create an example that will be obvious to everyone. Then, we will be able to advertise this form to introduce people to the method.

The general public won’t understand its deep essence, but those who attain unity will feel where the source of the positive force is. Thus, the methodology will spread. That’s why we are making big and extremely important steps that will demonstrate to the entire world the essence of our methodology; we have to show others the outcome and set an example for the entire humanity.

I certainly hope that our joint care for the general public will help us unite to the extent that inside our strong association we will sense the internal fire and feel the power of bestowal. It will reveal itself in the very center of our unity, in the core of the group, and we’ll feel it. Those who join us without studying the wisdom of Kabbalah will simply feel that they are happier. They will feel good because their desires and goals will be fulfilled through having positive relationships with others. It will give them a sense of confidence; they will feel safer and will finally resolve their most vital problems. People will realize that everything is great about their lives, each one of them according to their level of desires.

Let’s hope that we’ll manage to set such an example for humanity and that it will demonstrate to everybody that it’s not about just empty words, but that it is really possible to trigger the benevolent force in our lives, and that with its help, we can correct the evil inclination by turning it into good.
From a Talk during the Meal 10/23/13

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