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TV Day Has Failed

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Twenty years ago the UN declared a World Television Day on which it was suggested to change the ordinary programs to programs dedicated to international issues like world peace, security, economic and social development, the expansion of intercultural ventures, etc., what is the TV Day for you?

Answer: I would say that it is a missed opportunity for educating humanity and bringing it to a better and safer place. The opportunity was given, but humanity has not used it because of the great harmful egoism that we all have.

We have turned television into a means of making profit, a hotbed of all kinds of violence, indifference, and cruelty. This is the reason that such days are a reminder of the milestones we have stepped on and ruined.

Question: Did they have good intentions?

Answer: From the start television was merely a means of conveying misinformation and deceiving the public.

Who is at the head of the TV channels? Which group of people? Moguls. There is nothing public about it. Television has not become a source of information, culture, science, or art. The content it presents is only meant to fill the public’s base needs or the lowest common denominator and that’s all.

Question: Do you believe that there can be a different kind of television, an ideal type?

Answer: No, perhaps programs about the animal world and sports channels to some degree. Sports today is a big mess, an empire that celebrates egoism and where everything can be bought and sold. In the past there was a good program about travelling around the world, but today these kind of programs only show where there are restaurants and what type of food people eat in different places, where you can find better food or a better massage, and that’s all.

Question: What would you like a good TV channel to be like?

Answer: The best TV channel should make the next day better than the one that preceded it: safer, more pleasant, brighter, and warmer.

We should constantly make sure that people are friendlier, more united, that they understand the world they are living in, and that they relate to each other properly in order to ensure the future for their children and their grandchildren.

Television doesn’t engage in that, but in principle, it should engage in it 100% of the time.

Question: Are you speaking about education?

Answer: Only! But it should be presented in different forms, even like Hollywood or Russian films, it makes no difference, they can be the same kinds of programs but with a totally different emphasis.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/21/16

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The Age Of Robots Or The Age Of Humanity?

laitman_628_4In the News (World Economic Forum): “We are seeing an era of unprecedented change in the way we work. Rapid advancements in the fields of technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in how we create things, such as robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing and biotechnology, will dramatically change the characteristics of the global workforce. …

“According to the Forum’s Future of Jobs report, some jobs will be wiped out, others will be in high demand, but all in all, around 5 million jobs will be lost.

“Already jobs exist now that had never been heard of five years ago: the role of data scientist, which is in huge demand, is one example.

“Other jobs will start to require skills not previously associated with them. Those working in sales or manufacturing, for instance, will need a better grasp of technology, thanks to the advent of the internet of things.”

My Comment: The statistics are softening the situation too much. In fact, there will be no need for a workforce at all; at the present time, robotics are being artificially reined in. For example, it would be possible to replace taxis with automatic automobiles. It is absolutely possible to do this.

A robot could replace every person and engage in everything except spiritual work because a robot has no freedom of choice.

Freedom of choice is the possibility of connecting to the next level of consciousness. Only a human can have freedom of choice, only in a particular environment in which a person is educated and prepared for passage to a new level called Adam (Man).

Everything else is on the animate level. So it can be programmed and make life easy mechanically. It is all mechanical.

Question: Will robots push us to the next level?

Answer: Certainly, but in the meantime we don’t want this so we don’t use them.

There are areas in our lives where we would benefit if a person were replaced by a robot, but there is always a negative effect to this as well. For example, if we replace taxi drivers with robots, what will happen to the millions of people who are engaged in this profession?

We need to find out: what should a person do?

We can make our physical lives easier by inventing mechanical “toys,” but at the same time, our lives will become emptier because there would be no intellectual output.

In Disney World in Orlando there is a huge sphere attraction. You sit in a car and ride through the sphere and view their presentation of the future of humanity: everyone flying in helicopters, racing somewhere, at home, everything operates mechanically with the push of a button. And what is it for? After all, a person somehow remains the same.

So we would have completed our existence if it were not for the program of human development activated from above.

Therefore, we have to reach a state that will be very bad for us, and we must understand that the meaning of our development is to unite and to rise to the next level of existence through unity.

The next level is spirituality, outside of the body, outside of all limitations in our world. Let’s hope people will understand this.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/19/16

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Fantasies And Reality, Part 4

laitman_928Question: If we are born with the egoistic glasses that show us an illusory world, how can we distinguish between illusion and reality?

Answer: This is impossible for us now, we have to develop new organs of perception. Then we’ll be able to make such scrutinize with the help of the upper force that will show us the difference between the reality that exists within our ego and the reality outside of us.

The reality that exists within our ego is changing day by day and every moment. If we rise above our egoistic feelings, we attain an external reality, the true reality. This reality does not change and that’s why we can depend on it; after all, it is indeed eternal.

I perceive everything through my ego now, through the “glasses” embedded in me from birth. And that is why everything I see is an imaginary world. Egoism is the will to receive pleasure from the world, and that is why I see the corresponding picture through my glasses, only from that perspective. This is the reality for me, but for others it is a fantasy already.

We can not imagine anything else because we live inside this program, inside the picture presented within our ego. But as soon as a person manages to get out of this imaginary picture, he starts noticing the difference between the two worlds: the one seen through his internal, innate “glasses” and the other perceived by feeling the upper force directly.

It is the force that paints the illusory picture to us, but at the same time, it gives us an opportunity to know this force itself. The attainment of the upper force without it being bent by our internal glasses is called the attainment of the Creator. And the method of achieving this attainment is called the wisdom of Kabbalah. Therefore, it is considered a hidden wisdom that uncovers the hidden reality for us.
From a TV Program “A New Life,” No. 787, 11/01/2016

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A University Of Self Education

Laitman_407_01In the News ( “Xavier Niel’s new project is an ambitious coding university in Silicon Valley called 42. But the trick is that it’s nothing like other universities out there. …

“This isn’t Niel’s first try at building a coding school. 42 has been doing well in France. … there are already 2,500 students learning to code right now in Paris. But what makes 42 different?

“42 is nothing like your average university. There’s no teacher and no classroom. Students are expected to learn a set of skills in 3 to 5 years. The school relies on peer reviews, coding projects, internships and gamification. If you stay motivated for 3 to 5 years, you’ll become a good software engineer.”

My Comment: This is a very good method because it reconstructs the human level in a person and makes him self-reliant, responsible, and ready to communicate. The shared assignments build the mutual connection between the students. The students do the assignments together; they do the homework together and are in a mutual connection, which is wonderful.

We are reaching the point where the computer will be the doorway to a world through which a person will be able to attain everything so the old form of education will gradually disappear.

Question: What about the lecturers, the doctors, and the professors?

Answer: Their role will come down to writing books, programs, assignments, exams, workshops, etc. There is no need for lectures as the academic institutions will switch to self-learning methods.

Question: What I find most striking in this process is that the students check each other’s assignments. What impact will this have?

Answer: Certainly this will oblige them to be integrated, it will tighten the connections between them and will bring them together—not detaching and disconnecting them as working on a computer usually is.

Eventually we have to discover the need for contact and a tight connection with each other. Later, we will discover that every essential area in life, in society, in the economy, in commerce, etc.—everything relies only on the right mutual connection between people.

The right connection, just like in technology, is based on the fact that plus and minus connect through a resistor between them, where positive energy is released. I am sure that eventually everyone will discover this. Our role as Kabbalists is to explain that this is the correct law of connection of all the positive and negative attributes people have, of all the views and inclinations in society, and that it is all necessary to create the right connection between us. This is the only way humanity will safely ascend to the next level of its evolution, to spirituality.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/9/16

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The Whole World Is Inside Me

Laitman_115_04Question: Am I constructing a spiritual image within me, and basically, relating to my inner image?

Answer: The Book of Zohar says that the whole world is found within us, which is eventually what a person discovers. A person cannot talk about what is outside of him because everything is within his senses.

Even though I am portraying images as existing in front of me, they actually exist inside me, in my imagination, in my consciousness. A person constructs an image within himself and relates to it; in other words, he exists in the model he builds himself. If he had different senses, he would construct a completely different image.
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New Life #334 – The Wisdom Of Relationships

New Life #334 – The Wisdom Of Relationships
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe


We live in a world that is highly connected but with a lot of inequality and we suffer from conflicts in relationships. How can we learn to establish connection and good communication between us?

In the past, people were categorized into classes, and relations were clear and simple. Today, all the boundaries have been breached, the differences between people are disintegrating. Interdependence has been created between everyone. In the end we will have to be like brothers. But until then, all relationships will be confusing.

The best means to develop correct relationships is discussions in connection workshops In connection workshops we discuss the correct relations between people, we try to be equals, to be close to each other. The attitude of equality and mutual acceptance is the basis of all good relations between us. In the connection workshop, a person acquires integral eyeglasses and through them he sees his life in a new light.

Today a social educational system should be established that will clarify the need for us to connect. On the one hand, the world has become one global village, everyone depending on each other, and on the other hand, great hatred is revealed.

In the state of interdependence, we must learn to consider others, to pass from narrow egoism to mutual acceptance.
From KabTV’s “New Life #334 – Me and the society: The wisdom of Relationships,” 4/1/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 12.18.16

Preparation for the Lesson

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “The Agenda of the Assembly,” Part 2

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Writings of Rabash, “Rungs of the Ladder,” “The Agenda of the Assembly”

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Future Generation,” Part 1

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