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Technology will also allow us to control the genes that are passed on to the next generation. Is it right to program the future child?
Answer: Science offers us many options and the question is how we use them.
Comment: Parents don’t want their child to suffer.
Answer: If we are given this option, I am in favor of determining in advance whether a child is healthy in the first place. If we could discover the gene of happiness and luck, it would be quite good. But that is not in our genes. Happiness is on a level higher than the level of biological research. When we have the chance to make people healthier physically and mentally, then of course we should use this technology.
People may object to this, especially religious people who claim that everything stems from the Creator, but if this is the case, what is the point in taking any measures and why should we go to the doctor, etc? It says that a doctor is given the permission to heal people since the treatment includes both a diagnosis and other elements that affect our body, and so we should determine and do it. If we could determine in the early stages of pregnancy that a baby has certain defects that cannot be corrected, the pregnancy should be terminated.
First, there is the time during which the embryo is formed and we should determine his attributes before it is formed. First there are the three days of the absorption of the semen and then another forty days of the creation of the embryo during which it is not considered an embryo yet. If we can determine what will happen to it during this time, then from a Kabbalistic, medical, and religious perspective it is not considered murder or the termination of life. This is the reason that we should use these technologies. I don’t mean that we should go against the upper nature in any way! On the contrary, I believe that after forty days, when the embryo receives its soul based on the roots and branches in our world, it is forbidden to intervene with its development. But we can determine all its attributes before that.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 2/15/16
Question: What do the Kabbalists mean by the concept of “other?” Is this every person or a particular group of people? You say that love is fulfillment of the desires of others, but after all, aren’t there different desires?
Answer: When a person begins to feel the higher system, he begins to understand how it is up to him to relate to people correctly. If I were to say to you that the other is everyone, then you would ask, does this mean that I must embrace the enemy, the one who hates me? It is very difficult to explain this according to the usual perception.
The wisdom of Kabbalah, first and foremost, brings the person to the study, a discovery of the higher system. From this, it will become clear to him who the other is, who is near, who is distant, what love is, and what hatred is. Otherwise, he would not understand anything.
So, all of my explanations are directed only toward making it possible for a person to relate to the wisdom of Kabbalah correctly and to begin to learn methodically in the right group. In this way, he invites upon himself and stimulates the Upper Light that will correct him, open his eyes, and he will become a Kabbalist.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/27/15
Answer: According to the theory of evolution, atoms first accumulated into chunks of matter, the earth was formed, and millions of years later different simple connections appeared on the surface of the earth, and life began to develop.
About 500 years before Darwin, the great Kabbalist the ARI wrote in his book, The Tree of Life, that everything evolved from the still, vegetative, and animate levels into the monkey, which is the uppermost form of the animate levels and an intermediate level between the animate level and the human level.
Question: How was the soul created according to Kabbalistic theory?
Answer: The soul was not created. The soul is a part of the Creator from above.
The Light enters our desire to receive, which wants to enjoy, and changes its attributes to the opposite attributes, into a desire to receive and enjoy for the sake of others by dressing in others and connecting with them. When a person begins to connect with others in order to bring them pleasure, he becomes a Kabbalist who receives the Light from above and conveys it through him to others.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/20/15
New Life #692 – What Is Love?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
Our nature is a desire to enjoy and we love whatever gives us pleasure. We love many things depending on the hierarchy of our desires for: food, sex, family, money, respect, and knowledge. If there weren’t hate, there wouldn’t be love, and the intensity of love depends on the intensity of hate. Hate can be toward someone or something or toward a situation in which we lack something that we love. Human development means the correction of our definitions as to what is good or bad, what we enjoy and what we don’t. Man is a social creature so he can determine values not according to his own feeling but according to the well being of society.
So why is it important to me that I am loved? Because deep inside we are all connected to one another like one body, and because of this internal connection I greatly care about what others think of me or say about me, and just as I have a desire to be loved I also have a desire to love.
Children who grow up without loving parents are really miserable, because when we don’t feel a connection between us we feel lost. Love gives a person a feeling of internal abundance that revives him, and it is a much deeper emotion that we actually know at the moment. We have yet to discover what it is.
Today people draw away from family connections; love disappears and in its place, a new connection will be built. The secret of life is connected to love, to the connection between opposites, between love and hate. Without this there is no life.
From KabTV’s “New Life #692 – What Is Love?”, 2/16/16
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