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Answer: Creating a man of the future is a real art, a generator of the upper force. There are power plants that produce electricity, and this will be a plant that produces the power of connection.
And it not only supplies energy to us, but also organizes our mind and the relationships between us. This is a plant for receiving a universal force. The force of connection is the only thing we require in our time.
Through our unity we awaken the positive force that connects us and corrects our relationships in the family, society, and between countries. This is absolutely necessary for us. Do you know how much we spend on defense?
Of course, if we stop producing weapons, then 99% of the population will be unemployed. But at the same time, society will have full abundance, peace, and joy. Let’s do a simple thing: make people happy by finding the positive force inside our unity!
Humanity has reached a special stage of its evolution by finishing the material development in this world. We don’t need to worry about it anymore. To the contrary, if we continue to think about it, it will bury us; this is already obvious. It turns out that now we have to think only about the development of a person and nothing else.
There still are neo-liberals, such as Hillary Clinton, who think that it is possible to continue advancing the old way and each one in the elite can earn a few more billion. But it is already clear that this path leads to a dead end.
Question: The elite want to calm people with drugs in order to remain in power. And what do you propose?
Answer: It’s not about putting people to sleep; on the contrary, for the man of the future we don’t need people disconnected from reality, but connected to it as much as possible. People must work on their connections and learn who “A Man” is and how in the connection between people a new positive force that we need so much is revealed.
We cultivate it like a flower that grows out of the ground. This is how we must reveal the positive forces inside our connections that will help human society develop. We don’t need to worry about anything other than our connection. We’ve already tested and tried all other ways. The previous development gives us nothing apart from further enrichment of the elite and the impoverishment of the masses.
In any case, the old world is falling apart in both Europe and America. The previous life won’t come back; we need to look a bit further ahead in the future. If instead of Trump, Hillary Clinton were elected, she would continue to destroy America and the whole world. Obama’s administration was very successful in this in his two terms. And of course, this wouldn’t have ended well in any case.
As a result of the election, the American people are split into two parts; half is suffering and are opposed to the second half. The elite consist of the few rare individuals, the tip of the second half, and the rest are simply confused.
People who understand the current state of the world see that it is in crisis, and neither Hillary nor Obama could resolve it. The direction they selected is absolutely wrong. This left Sanders or Trump. The same is true for Europe and any other place in the world. Sander’s politics is extremely left, while Trump’s is quite to the right.
The new American industry will produce people of the future. There are around a hundred million unemployed in America today so why not start this work with them? It will be a bloodless revolution. If Trump is capable of organizing this work, the country will no longer be split into two camps. Thus, he will attract many allies to his side.
From KabTV’s “A Talk About Trump’s Program In Light Of The Upper Governance” 11/25/16
In my regular column in Haaretz, my new article “The History of Exploitation – and Why It Must End”
The exploitation of neoliberalism must end. We know the harms of egoism; we know how to mend it, but it requires our resolve.
When the UK voted in favor of breaking off from the European Union, the world was in shock. When Donald J. Trump stunned the media with his victory, people’s jaws dropped, but they began to realize that times are changing. When Italy’s premier, Matteo Renzi, was defeated last week in his country’s referendum and announced his resignation, the EU suffered another blow, as Renzi is a staunch supporter of Italy remaining in the crumbling union. In the coming year, France, the Netherlands, Germany, and several other European countries will all hold general elections. In many of them, France and the Netherlands in particular, the voices in favor of departing from the EU are growing by the day. As Marcus Walker and Anton Troianovski of The Wall Street Journal put it: “For Europe’s unity, 2017 will be a year of reckoning.”
Harvard Professor of Government, Yascha Mounk, is right to declare, “How stable are democracies? Warning signs are flashing red.” Fascism and Nazism are on the rise throughout the Western world, and unless we take swift and resolute action, the world will plunge into another war, and in all likelihood, with full use of nuclear weapons.
Neoliberalism Is a Painful Symptom, But It is Not the Illness
When you see how the dominant countries in the EU exploit and impoverish the smaller and weaker economies of their fellow members, or the clout that Wall Street has in Washington, it is easy to blame neoliberalism for our ills. It is also justified, to an extent. There is a good reason why members of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research Dept., Jonathan D. Ostry, Prakash Loungani, and Davide Furceri wrote about the harms of neoliberalism: “The increase in inequality engendered by financial openness might itself undercut growth, the very thing that the neoliberal agenda is intent on boosting.” Farther down, they add, “policies should be designed to mitigate some of the impacts [of neoliberalism]—for instance, through increased spending on education and training.”
However, saying that neoliberalism is “the ideology at the root of all our problems,” as did columnist George Monbiot, is misleading because neoliberalism is a symptom, not the illness in and of itself. To cure ourselves from fascism, neoliberalism, Nazism, and all the other “isms” threatening to take down civilization, we must reach their common root—the pathogen that causes us to exploit and possibly destroy each other—and cure it.
The Oddity of Human Nature
Without humans, life on planet Earth would run far more smoothly. Even in areas that humans have polluted with nuclear radiation, animals thrive simply due to the absence of people. In the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, “nature flourishes when humans are removed from the equation, even after the world’s worst nuclear accident,” says Jim Smith, an environmental scientist and author of a new study of life near Chernobyl.
The harmony of nature is disturbed when humans are around because we are driven by a single wish—to receive as much pleasure as we can and for the least effort. Moreover, over the generations, this aspiration has evolved in us to such an extent that we are ruining our planet, and ruining each other.
In prehistoric times, our desire for pleasure was very natural and primitive. We were satisfied when we had food, shelter, and could raise our offspring. Even then, some wanted more than others, such as a bigger cave or more (human) females, but it was a natural desire that animals have as well, and did not disrupt nature’s balance.
The problem is that unlike animals, in us the desire to receive consistently intensifies and develops. Our sages said (Midrash Rabah, Kohelet), “One does not leave the world with half one’s wish in one’s hand.” In other words, the more we have, the more we want.
As their desires grew, people began to congregate in villages and towns. Soon, social classes appeared and people began to enslave one another. Submitting to slavery was a good way for people to secure their daily bread, but in return they gave away their freedom and risked subjugation to cruelty and exploitation. At that point in our history, when we began to subjugate our fellow human beings, our natural wish for a good and secure life became egoism—the desire not only to enjoy what we have, but also to take pleasure in superiority over others and the ability to harm them.
Our egos drove us to improve technology and production, not just for our own sake, but in order to overpower others. As we became less social and more exploitative, the slave masters began to realize that it was less profitable to keep slaves than to tax them. This marked the beginning of feudalism.
Yet, as technology continued to advance, it became clear that people needed training in order to be efficient at producing wealth for the feudal lords. To accommodate the need for workers’ proficiency, the rulers built schools, which were essentially factories for creating factory workers. The educated workers produced so much wealth for their masters that feudalism was completely abandoned and, with the help of the Industrial Revolution, capitalism emerged.
For awhile, it really seemed like the ideal socio-economic structure. Most people worked, became better-off over time, and even though the elite still ruled and grew richer and more powerful than everyone else, the growing middle class enjoyed freedom and could afford pleasures that even the mightiest kings could not enjoy a mere century earlier.
And yet, that oddity of human nature—our egoism— kept growing. The more capitalists gained wealth, the more they turned it into power and political clout. Today, a politician cannot get elected without the help of the super wealthy.
To secure their power, the financial elite has instated a policy of laissez-faire, which does away with regulation and allows them to do whatever they want, whenever they want it. They even found a positive-sounding name for it: neoliberalism.
However, there is nothing liberal about neoliberalism, much less humane. As Manuela Cadelli, President of the Magistrates’ Union of Belgium, wrote in a piece she published in the online magazine, Defend Democracy Press: “Neoliberalism is a species of fascism. The state is now at the disposal of the economy and of finance, which treat it as a subordinate and lord over it to an extent that puts the common good in jeopardy.”
As the recent political developments have shown, Mrs. Cadelli is absolutely right. If we do not act fast, the overblown egoism of the elite will drive them toward nationalism and fascism, and finally their incessant craving for domination will drive the world to war.
Ending Exploitation Peacefully
We already said that we cannot arrest the evolution of the ego. Also, we can already see what will unfold if we continue to let it grow unchecked. Therefore, to cure the ills that litter the surface of society the way plastic litters our beaches, we need to learn how to funnel our egos in positive directions. Until now, we have only been dealing with the symptoms of the evolution of our egos. Now we must work with our egos themselves, and redirect their evolution from the current anti-social mode to one that is beneficial to society, yet supports the fulfillment of our desires. Any other way will only result in suppression of the ego, which will later burst with horrific results.
I mentioned earlier that the IMF researchers recommended “increased spending on education and training.” The problem is that when we think of education, we think of learning new trades and accumulating information. These may be useful and required, but they do not mitigate the ego’s desire for control or redirect it toward pro-social ends. Therefore, they do not solve the problem at its root. The solution to our social problems will come when we achieve two goals: 1) educate ourselves about the need for, and benefits of, pro-social behavior, 2) train ourselves toward developing communities that foster positive relations among their members.
Since nature did not endow us with an ego that is naturally balanced, we must “produce” this balance by ourselves. By doing so, we will learn how nature operates and will be able to operate as harmoniously and peacefully as nature. In a recent column titled, “New Economics Is Dead; Long Live New Economics,” as well as in several books, in particular, Bail Yourself Out and Self-Interest vs. Altruism in the Global Era, I detailed how we can achieve this balance. Here I would like to point out some of the benefits that we will reap once we achieve it.
Using the training described in the column I just mentioned, instead of suppressing our egos, we will find new and meaningful ways of expressing ourselves, from which the whole of society will benefit. Our desire to realize our potential will continue to develop, but it will no longer threaten society or induce fierce competition over limited spots at the top.
In the new society, exploitation will be obsolete because it will not serve our interests. Our self-interest and the interest of society will converge because society will support us as much as we will support society.
In such a society, where mutual responsibility is the name of the game, our various needs will be met in full because they will not come at the expense of others. The entire mode and spirit of our actions will be toward connection rather than isolation, so we will naturally engage in activities that contribute to society, as well as to ourselves.
We are at a point in time where the history of exploitation must end, and it must end here. Now we know the harms of human egoism, yet we also have a way to mend it. All we need is firm resolve and prompt action.
Answer: Men and women should study separately so that they will not engage in corporeal forms of communication instead of in spirituality. The wisdom of Kabbalah doesn’t consider people to be angels, and so love and sexuality should not be mixed with spirituality. This is very important. This is the reason that men don’t study with women in a group of ten, and don’t sit together at the same table.
A group has to be made of two equal subgroups: the men’s group and the women’s group. Other than the study itself, they should help each other in preparing meals, cleaning, the maintenance of the facilities, etc.; the main thing is not to interfere in each other’s spiritual intentions. Wherever there are no spiritual intentions involved, there should be the usual mutual cooperation.
Question: Are there men and women in the world today whose level of development enables them to be in a group of ten together without interfering with each other’s spirituality?
Answer: There are many groups of ten men and many groups of ten women and each works wonderfully and advances, but it is still too early to combine them. They have to be behind a Masach (screen) above the Tzimtzum (restriction), in the attribute of bestowal, outside themselves, and this state has to be permanent. The groups should not be mixed during the spiritual work because if they are, their attention would be drawn to the sexual differences.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 6/26/16
Answer: Any pain that we feel is revealed in a state of receiving for myself. But the sweetness is in bestowing to others. A state of bestowal is when a person rises above his egoism and detaches himself from the intention to enjoy for his own sake.
Question: I feel that my desire to study Kabbalah is growing weaker and is not the same as it used to be. How can I reignite it?
In the News (inosmi): “What is the new world system? What are its main characteristics? What are the driving forces determining the actual functioning of our planet? …
“In fact, we are not faced with the crisis, but with a host of crises that are so closely intertwined that it is already impossible to establish where their causes, consequences are. The fact is that the effects are some other reasons that are built into the system. In other words, we are faced with a systemic crisis of the western world, affecting technology, economy, trade, politics, democracy, identity, military conflicts, climate, environment, culture, values, family, education, youth, etc.
“From an anthropological point of view, these crises give rise to fear and anger. People live in a state of anxiety and uncertainty. In the face of uncertain risks, such as loss of a job, man-made disasters, biotechnology, natural disasters, the total uncertainty … All this is a challenge to democracy. …
“Disappointment and deceived expectations – it should be understood that since the financial crisis of 2008 … everything has changed dramatically. Citizens have deep disappointment. Democracy itself, as a model, has lost confidence. Political systems have experienced tectonic shocks. In Europe, for example, the major traditional parties are in crisis. … The political landscape has undergone fundamental changes.
“If you manage to predict the future, we are clearly experiencing a global crisis in the system of leadership. In many countries, the state protecting the citizens has ceased to exist. … People demand that the political power once again take a leadership role in society. They talk about the need for a new understanding of policy, and putting limits on the political power of economic and financial markets. …
“The Internet is not just technology, but also one of the main operating entities of crises. …
“This unprecedented alliance – state security services + + Internet resources – has created a very real empire of surveillance, which aims to wiretap all the Internet and its users… .
“Cyberspace has become a kind of fifth element. The Greek philosopher Empedocles argued that our world is a combination of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. But with the advent of the Internet and its mysterious virtual space, … a new universe, to some degree quantum, is complementing the reality of the modern world like a true fifth element.”
My Comment: This situation is leading us to the need to connect and integrate in the new system, meaning to become like it: united. Nature is teaching us that human society must integrate with nature to become one single system.
New Life #402 –The Root Of The Problem Of Suicide In Our Time
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe
What leads a person to think about suicide, in what state is he in before taking this step, and in what way is it possible to get him out of this emotional state?
The Root of Suicide
Some of the people who are going to commit suicide see all other people as unfortunate. We must find a solution because there is growing emptiness, depression, and despair, and finally suicide. There are those who don’t find any reason for a life like ours, maintaining our body and our descendants until we die.
Existential questions arise in a person depending on his level of development. They distinguish the animal from the human.
A person who is going to commit suicide feels like his life is to no avail and he has no reason to live. Before committing suicide, a person suffers, he lacks any possibility of some kind of benefit for himself or others. The suicidal person feels that everyone is drugging themselves in order to carry on in life, and he is already disgusted by this.
Someone who grasps the meaning of life can open the eyes of a person who has suicidal tendencies. The meaning of life is to strive toward a new life during our lives. Break through from darkness to the Light.
From KabTV’s “New Life #402 – The Root Of The Problem Of Suicide In Our Time,” 6/12/14
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