Answer: We have entered into a completely new period that the wisdom of Kabbalah calls “The Last Generation.” This speaks of the last egoistic generation that must be replaced in the next level of existence with a new regime, a new humanity.
But the birth of something new is always painful; this is what we are experiencing now. It is the birth of a completely new humanity, which ends the egoistic state. For thousands of years we have developed with the help of the ego, and now we must move to a new level of development in which we will balance the ego through the good forces of nature.
The wisdom of Kabbalah speaks about this. It appeared 3,500 years ago in ancient Babylon where a crisis developed that was identical to what we are experiencing today.
In those times, all of humanity was concentrated in a small part of the earth in Aram-Naharaim (northern Mesopotamia), and the people who lived as one family suddenly felt themselves interconnected with hostility, major opposition appeared among them, which we call the Tower of Babel, great mutual hostility towards each other. They weren’t successful in tolerating this any longer, so they defined a domain for themselves and scattered all over the world.
Some of them, a few tens of thousands of people, joined Abraham who called for everyone to rise above the egoism that was raging within them. Later, he took them out of ancient Babylon and founded an ideological group that began to live according to the teaching of Abraham, according to the principle, “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).
Since then, humanity scattered all over the face of the Earth. For a long time things were good and at ease for us, and now we have come to the same Babylon, meaning we have again become locked in, but now this is all around the Earth and we have nowhere to disperse.
And this is the entire problem: We are again dependent upon each other egoistically, the world has become a small village and we need to find a way out of the situation that has been created.
So now again the wisdom of Kabbalah has been revealed, which was hidden from humanity since the days of ancient Babylon due to the lack of necessity. Today it is taught by 1,800 faculties in the world. It speaks about how we need to adapt and learn the method of “And you shall love your friend as yourself,” and at least learn to accept others as ourselves.
The ego dwells in everyone regardless of sex, age, political views, and religious aspirations.
We see how much the younger generation does whatever seems good to them; people cannot get along and live with each other, families are destroyed, problems appear on all levels, even on the political level. The influence of the ego puts humanity into very strong antagonism.
It follows that, on the one hand, it is tearing us apart inside and we want to stay away from each other, but on the other hand, the flow of nature, our evolution, connects us with each other. These mutually conflicting tendencies arouse enormous tension in the world and fears of how this might end up.
From Radio Program, “The Echo of Moscow” 11/25/15