New Life #416 – Community Life: The Elderly

New Life #416 – Community Life: The Elderly
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

The elderly have much to offer society since we are all connected. They have an opportunity to learn without pressure and add their wisdom to the society at large by continuing to participate in giving and receiving. In fact, strenuous mental work is important in old age in order to maintain a sense of usefulness and a lively spirit. The mind can stay lucid for 120 years!
From KabTV’s “New Life #416 – Community Life: The Elderly,” 7/6/14

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11/29/17

Preparation for the Lesson

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Lesson on Topic: “A Prayer for Conception (Ibur),” (Prep for Convention in Arava 2017) 

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Mutual Guarantee,” Item 28 

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Kabbalah Lessons, Part 3

laitman_938.04Question: If the purpose of studying the wisdom of Kabbalah is the revelation of the Creator, then with the help of which tools are we going to reveal Him? We can see microbes through a microscope and stars through a telescope, but through what can we reveal the upper force?

Answer: The upper force is revealed within my relationship with the friends I study with in the same group. To the extent that I treat others with love, care, and compassion, give them the most important place in my life, and develop within myself the force of bestowal in relation to them, I reveal a network of connections between us.

This network exists from the very beginning. We do not create it, but only build the tools for its revelation.

Our connection already exists and has always existed; we are just revealing it in order to feel the flow of the forces of bestowal and love within it that create the feeling of the Creator in us.

Question: Where is the upper force revealed: in the feeling or in the mind?

Answer: The upper force is first revealed in the feeling and then in the mind.

Studying is conducted on the basis of the Kabbalistic sources and includes two parts.

One part is dedicated to the study of the structure of the universe, the spreading of the worlds, Partzufim, Sefirot, and souls, and how everything was created before a person discovers himself here in this world existing in a biological body and feels the desire to reveal his roots, his source.

When a person makes this discovery, he begins to study it rising from the bottom upward: from himself existing today, through the friends in the ten, to the attainment of the entire ladder of spiritual degrees, that is, of all the forces descended to him, gradually recognizing them more and more.

Both parts of learning: the study of the structure of the universe and its creation from above downward, as well as the ascent back upward from the reality we find ourselves in today have only one purpose: to reveal the upper force of bestowal called the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/20/17

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What Prevents Happiness?

Laitman_036Remark: Scientists came to the conclusion that by 2050, the world will face 10 major problems: human genetic modification, increasing proportion of elderly population, disappearance of cities, evolution of social networks, new geopolitical tensions, security of transportation, diminishing natural resources, colonization of other planets, expansion of human brain capabilities, and growing influence of artificial intelligence. (BBC “10 Grand Challenges We’ll Face by 2050“)

Answer: None of this will happen. All of our current development is leading us to a dead end. It seems like we can deal with so many problems, populate other planets, and develop deserts, anything. We can build, destroy, and delude ourselves no matter what. But our egoism will not allow it.

It will make our life unbearable and will lead to continuous fighting between us: between family members, children, parents, residents living in the same city, in the same neighborhood; it won’t matter where or what. We will not be able to get along with each others. And it will be a terrible life. Egoism will lead us to this state.

No inventions will help us. They will provide nothing. First of all, we will use them to subjugate other people, to profit from, and pressure everybody. We see how technology develops and what it is used for.

So, let’s see what prevents us from being happy!

Happiness is not about settling on other planets—these lifeless celestial bodies, and it’s not about driverless cars, or living till the age of 200. It is quite enough for us to live seventy or eighty years. No need for more! It’s not a question of how long one lives, but how one lives! Anyway, you cannot escape death. To push it away is just a senseless human pursuit.

We need to make it so that we will begin to feel ourselves eternal, existing infinitely while still alive in this world. This is the solution to the problem. And we should not look for solutions to everyday problems according to our egoism. Egoism will spoil everything anyway.

We cannot say that today we are happier than those who lived 50 years ago. They did not have the electronic gadgets that we play with now, but they were not less happy because of it.

I see that according to current statistics, people are less happy, humanity is in deeper depression. Today, everyone starts to think about how and where to consume marijuana or something else to “check out.” Why should a person live for 200 years? So 100 of them will be spent in a drugged delusion?!

We must create a good life for ourselves. This is achieved very simply, through good relations between us. Otherwise, Armageddon awaits.

Do you know what Armageddon is? In Israel, there is a small mountain (Har) called Megido. There were some skirmishes a couple of thousand years ago. From that, this figurative expression “Armageddon,” the end of the world, got started.

In fact, we do not need to wait for the end of the world. It is possible to climb up this hill now and look down from it. It’s not that high; it’s some kind of mound only 700 to 800 meters high. Let’s not bring ourselves to the extreme states. Let’s make our life calm, good, and happy today, not in 50 years.

And most importantly, with the help of the science of Kabbalah, we can begin to feel the next life, the upper world, the transition from one state to another, from one reincarnation to another. This is all in our power.

I wish for you to discover for yourself the eternal state of growing and contented matter.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/2/17

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New Life #917 – Realization Of The Uniqueness In A Person

New Life #917 – Realization Of The Uniqueness In A Person
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

Summary

A person’s uniqueness is realized when they honor the golden rule: “And you shall love your friend as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). It is in our ability to be together, to be connected, and to serve society that our true uniqueness shines. When a person makes the mistake of working for himself, he does harm to the general system. On the other hand, when a person becomes like the Creator and accesses the power of love and bestowal, he learns to control reality and his uniqueness takes on an eternal form.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #917 – Realization Of The Uniqueness In A Person,” 11/14/17

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 11/28/17

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Mutual Guarantee,” Item 25 

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Audio Version Of The Blog – 11.27.17

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My Thoughts On Twitter, 11/26/17

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Ppl are egoists and hate #Kabbalah, because it’s meant to destroy our egoistic nature. This is why a Kabbalist in the early stages sometimes hates Kabbalah and Kabbalists, and wishes to harm them. And whoever studied and then left Kabbalah remains envious and hates it manifold.

Creation began with the creation of the perfect state of Adam in #Eden. Then was the descent to our world, and the ascent along 125 degrees to original state—to spark & desire to ascend. Hence, the states being revealed are compulsory—the only choice is in overcoming them.

From Twitter, 11/26/17

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The Times Of Israel: “What Millennials Must Know About Socialism”

The Times of Israel published my new article “What Millennials Must Know About Socialism”

I know socialism firsthand. Here’s a lesson on human nature and our desire for a better society.

More millennial Americans are fed up with capitalism, and would prefer to live in a socialist country. That’s the tendency a survey last month conducted by YouGov and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found, as millennials were the only US age group that favored socialism over capitalism.

 Moreover, as Maggy Donaldson pointed out, in the past year the Democratic Socialists of America became the fastest growing US political group, nearly quintupling their membership from 6,500 to 30,000, as their median age group also shifted from 60 to 35.

The reason for American millennials’ attraction to socialism seems clear: facing rising student debts and higher rents, together with stagnant wages and job insecurity, the idea of socialism surfaces to potentially resolve these stresses, offering instead systems subsidizing their every need.

Millennials Indicate New Stage of Human Development

Over the past three or so decades, there has been a significant shift in the tectonic plates underlying human development. The Baby Boomer “American Dream” spirit evolved into a fundamentally different millennial one: while the Baby Boomer strove for tomorrow’s prosperity, the millennial settles for today’s convenience.

Possessions we used to save up for and wait to buy are now available the moment after we think about them. Our desire to be publicly recognized and admired no longer needs to pass the approval of specialists or industry executives, but can be fulfilled one social media post at a time. Also, “smart” today isn’t about memorizing and recalling information, like we once incessantly trained and tested ourselves on. Rather, our tech devices are the “smart” ones, and it’s about how well we use them to find what we need, when we need it.

That’s the unique socio-economic paradox of the millennial generation: working long and hard is no longer to achieve luxuries, but necessities. Through technological developments, we’ve made the fruits of wealth, public admiration and knowledge readily available and struggle-free. Yet, today’s millennial struggle is to keep up with the costs of food, housing, education, healthcare and childcare.

And so, socialism sprouts up in the millennial’s mind: “Why do I have to break my neck just to make ends meet?”

The Only Way Socialism Could Work

When I lived in Russia, I experienced “Russian socialism” firsthand. On the outset, it appears to have the solutions American millennials seek. The government unloads the weight from the people’s shoulders, taking care of their basic infrastructure: everyone works, get taxed similarly, and gets free or affordable food, housing, education, transportation, healthcare and childcare.

Where, then, did such socialism fall short?

It didn’t take human nature, the fundamental need to fulfill oneself before any other person, into account. People don’t want to live their lives to benefit other people. Any surplus effort one makes within a socialist system sees no direct surplus reward. Even if we would be better off in a communal society, we wouldn’t be able to give up on our individualistic approach. Our very nature won’t let us.

Thus, people lack the motivation to truly benefit each other. The Soviet approach to this problem was to force this communal system onto the people and expect them to be happy. But then, even its enforcers relied on the same motivation, and the system imploded with horrendous violence and suffering.

Yehuda Ashlag’s article “The Peace,” written in the 1930s, is just as relevant today in describing the nature of socialism, and the fundamental problem of motivation that needs to be solved in order for socialism to work.

‘Where would the worker or the farmer find sufficient motivation to work?’ For his daily bread will not increase or decrease by his efforts, and there are no goals or rewards before him.

“It is well known to researchers of nature that one cannot perform even the slightest movement without motivation, without somehow benefiting oneself.

“When, for example, one moves one’s hand from the chair to the table, it is because one thinks that by putting his hand on the table he will enjoy it more. If he did not think so, he would leave his hand on the chair for the rest of his life without moving it at all. It is all the more so with greater efforts.

“And if you say that there is a solution — to place them under supervision so that anyone who is idle at his work will be punished by denial of salary, I will ask, ‘Do tell me where the supervisors themselves should take the motivation for their work?’ Because standing at one place and watching over people to motivate them to work is a great effort, too, perhaps more than the work itself. Therefore, it is as though one wishes to switch on a machine without fueling it.”
— Yehuda Leib HaLevi Ashlag, “The Peace

What is this “fuel” that is imperative for socialism to work?

It is in people wanting to benefit other people.

For socialism to work in the long term, people need to be organically motivated to contribute to society, wishing  to see everyone in society become happy and secure. This is not the desire that motivates people naturally. Rather, it exists in potential. Everyone agrees in theory with ideas of equality, altruism, mutual consideration and kindness, but in practice, we continually resort to treating our personal benefit with primacy. These ideas cannot be forced, but they can be learned.

Through connection-enriching educational programs, we can learn how to better identify, magnify and grow ideas of equality, altruism, and mutual consideration into a new social construct: an integrative social circuitry that flows with positive signals of those values.

I believe the most pragmatic initiation of such learning en masse can start with our children. By focusing our concern on how we can raise the next generation to be better socially connected, we adults would also be influenced positively by this process: it would motivate us to improve our own social conditions, as well as those for the future society. We would thus create the beginnings of a supportive environment for connective ideals to blossom into a practical, workable form.

It is my hope that we could spark such a process in society. The time has come to refill our fuel tank with a whole new kind of motivation, and find meaning, happiness and confidence in our cultivation of a positively connected human society. I also very much hope to see the activation of political and social organizations that will emphasize connection-enriching education of ourselves and the young generation as a launch pad for a better world.
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