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“Mark Zuckerberg Is Surprised At The Extent Of The Opioid Problem”

In the News (CNBC): “Mark Zuckerberg is surprised at the extent of the opioid problem — but Facebook is full of illegal opioid marketing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the scope of the opioid crisis was what surprised him most during his 2017 travels throughout the country.

“But all he had to do was look at Facebook to see how pervasive the marketing is for these powerful and addictive pain medications.

“Sellers here and overseas are using Facebook pages and videos to offer drugs that U.S. laws say require a prescription, CNBC has found.

“Searching on Facebook for the names of some of the most commonly prescribed pain medications pointed to multiple vendors selling Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Percocet and other similar drugs.

“This illicit marketing persists three months after NBC News highlighted the problem, and weeks after President Donald Trump declared opioid addiction a public health emergency.”

My Comment: If Mark Zuckerberg is worried about opioids, he shouldn’t just do better to police his site. 

As I’ve recently written in my article “The Solution to the Opioid Crisis Is More Opioids—of the Natural Kind,” the craving for opiates represents the craving for human connection. And the opioid crisis tells us exactly what we need to change in our society.

As director of the world’s largest social network, Zuckerberg could do a lot to facilitate positive human connections on a massive scale via the virtual world, as I’ve detailed in my September 27, 2017 open letter to him “How Facebook Can Actually ‘Bring the World Closer Together.'”
#opioid #crisis

My Thoughts On Twitter, 11/18/17


As Rabash writes (V2, letter 15), man is an egoist. If he studied #Kabbalah and left it, as he distances from it, he begins opposing it. The higher you were, the lower you fall. So, don’t be surprised at the many former friends now criticizing Kabbalah. It is a law of correction!

As Kabbalah predicted, #fascism is naturally rising in our time. But if we exert effort in educating the generation, it’s possible to turn fascism to its opposite—socialism. Not the Soviet kind, but one that arises consciously, as a result of educating society.

Two types of concealment: 1. Simple concealment—one senses and hence approves the Creator’s concealment, asks not for revelation but adhesion, thus gladdening the Creator. 2. Double concealment—one doesn’t sense that concealment is from the Creator, and hence cannot ask for help.

Our mind cannot understand how you can bestow to the Creator without receiving, since no movement is possible without profit. But this quality draws light, and then one already senses and understands the Creator. To draw the #light, one must exert, then despair & ask the Creator.

All creation comprises 1.Desire to bestow (light) & 2.Desire to enjoy (vessel). Changes are only possible in the vessel’s intention: to bestow for oneself or for the Creator. The filling of the vessel with #light happens as their intentions to enjoy for each other’s sakes align.

The Creator’s #revelation manifests through his alternating concealments and revelations—to discover that there’s no other force besides Him. No space free of Him. I am a black point from which this can be revealed. This state is called adhesion, the purpose of development.

The difficulty isn’t in caring only about the Creator instead of yourself, but feeling as if I’m leaving this whole world, but not sensing the Creator. I’d give up everything to unite with Him. So, most important is to achieve the sensation that the Creator fills the whole world.

From Twitter, 11/18/17

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Why Does Nature Punish Us? Part 3

laitman_763.3Question: Today “climate engineering” is developing rapidly. This means that instead of fighting for the preservation of the environment, people are trying to intervene in natural processes, and, with the help of advanced technologies, to manage the climate, cool the globe, change the structure of the atmosphere and the state of the oceans, and so on.

People try to restore balance in nature with the help of modern technology. Is this good for humanity, or conversely, is this a great danger?

Answer: Of course, we have to pay in this way for our wrong reaction, building earthquake-resistant homes and protecting ourselves from the blows of nature. However, this still will not help because we ourselves evoke these natural disasters through our wrong behavior.

We must understand that a person’s thoughts and desires are at the highest level of all the forces that exist in the universe. Therefore, just with our thoughts, desires, and intentions we inflict the main damage to nature.

Man is the bearer of the negative force in nature, since he is guided only by the force of reception. Therefore, we need to balance ourselves with the force of bestowal. In a natural way, every person acts in society trying to receive everything for himself. Yet, in accordance with this, we must develop an ability to give in ourselves. Then balance will be established between us and from humanity it will spread to the rest of nature.

Question: Let’s say, we begin treating each other well and there will be love and bestowal, complete harmony between all people and all nations, how can it stop volcanic eruption or a tsunami?

Answer: Our thoughts and desires are also forces of nature. Man is part of nature, the crown of its development. How are we different from all other parts of nature? We have science, intelligence and more developed feelings. Although these feelings are evil, they are more developed compared to animals, and because of this we are called man, human.

The only problem is that we do not use our forces correctly. We think that we can live as instinctively as animals, without reaching love for our neighbor, and without exploring our influence on the world. Yet, this is not right, because we belong to the human degree. And being human is first of all science, reason, and feelings, which elevate us to the very top of the pyramid.

It turns out that unlike all other levels of nature—inanimate, vegetative, and animate—that are instinctively included into one system called “nature,” man separates himself from it.

We are obliged to complement the system of nature through our participation, joining it together with all others. Due to the fact that we balance our feelings, mind, and the negative force of our egoism with the positive force, we will reach a good connection with all parts of creation.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 10/10/17

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The Way From Chaos To Harmony, Part 3

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: It is clear that all the disorder in our lives is caused by the fact that everyone thinks only of themselves. But how do you see a corrected, permanent, perfect state where everyone is in harmony?

Answer: Such a state actually exists in nature, but we do not see it. As it is written: “He who has eyes to see, let him see, and he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Everyone judges in the measure of his own depravity and perceives the world arranged according to his egoistic reason and feeling. Therefore, we are not able to see how perfect nature is and we consider ourselves smarter than nature.

It turns out that we do not see the truth and are plunging into greater chaos all the time. Egoism grows bigger and bigger, and our ability to cope with it is melting in front of our eyes. The situation is becoming critical, and soon we will finally destroy humanity in nuclear world wars, as Kabbalists warn.

The only way out is to get to know the system of nature. We will either discover through suffering that nature is perfect and only we are spoiled, or we will begin to understand the system of nature through studying the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The power of bestowal, connection, and reciprocity reign in nature—the exact opposite to what a person lives on—that is, the power of receiving, personal domination, envy, and hatred.

Question: Where do you see mutual assistance and connection in nature?

Answer: We do not see it when we look at it with our own egoistic eyes. On the contrary, it seems to us that in nature there is a fierce struggle for existence where the strongest wins.

But if we look deeper, the question arises: where does life come from? This very life in which completely different opposing forces suddenly somehow miraculously complete each other and create all possible varieties of creatures: inanimate matter, plants, animals, and humans.

How is it possible that opposing forces wishing to destroy each other suddenly connect and even complete each other, sacrifice one for the sake of the other, because without this life is impossible. Where does it come from?

If you look more closely at nature, as, for example, bio-cybernetics does, which studies the systems existing in living organisms, you will see how one thing completes the other. All these systems operate on the basis of completely different forces, and it only seems to us in our faulty perception that everyone wants to swallow others and forcefully establish their power.

If it were so, then life would never be able to exist because it is based on bestowal, concessions, on my concern for someone who will then help me, and so generation after generation. This is completely different from what appears to our superficial glance.
From KabTV’s “New Life #912” 10/24/16

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