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My Thoughts On Twitter 6/24/18

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This becomes especially disappointing considering that #videogame #addiction can wane certain aspects of their #mental and emotional #development, as well as cause mental illness and damage to their personality.

The major setback is that these people are mostly #children and #youth. They can easily slip away from reality into #videogames.

#Videogames disconnect people from reality. But what makes them so #addictive? It’s not only the act of playing the games, but the massive industry behind the scenes inventing, producing, and marketing to maximize profits.
Read my article @newsmax

The reward for the efforts one makes is attainment of the Creator’s revelation. This is the “castle full of treasure, but with no guests.” The Creator is waiting for the guests!
In the meantime, the castle is a dungeon to us,
The way out is open—if you desire it!
#Spiritualwork
From Twitter, 6/24/18

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Why Is My Neighbor Any Of My Business?

laitman_543.01Question: If I am doing spiritual work, why are the desires and concerns of someone else any of my business? Why should I care what my dog or my neighbor is feeling?

Answer: If I give to another, if I fulfill another, then while doing so, I experience myself as being similar to the Creator. I find myself in the upper world and the other in our world. It doesn’t matter to me who the other one is.

If I can leave my own desire and fulfill the desire of another, experiencing his desire as primary and my own desires as supportive, as the workers, those doing the fulfilling, then I feel myself as the Creator.

Question: During all this, what should my intention be?

Answer: It should be to fulfill the desire of the other person in order to attain similarity of form with the Creator because, by doing this, I delight the Creator.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian, 2/25/18

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Will Israel Exist?

Laitman_417Question from Facebook: I read your posts, and I cannot understand. All military and political experts agree on one thing: Israel will exist only if it is beneficial to America. You claim, however, that everything depends on the people itself. You are either a complete utopian, or you have a trump card in your hands that only you know about.

Answer: I do not have a trump card, but a joker. It is very simple. We rule the world!

You can trace humanity’s entire history and see that we always lead. You will find out that it happened just for humanity to approach the Creator.

This method is in the people of Israel, which is a special group that has been dealing with bringing humanity closer to the Creator for thousands of years. Since bringing humanity closer to the Creator is the program of creation and this method is in the hands of Israel, Israel is the central point of the world, of humanity.

If for the realization of this method—for the realization of revealing of the rapprochement of humanity with the Creator—the existence of the State and the people in such a form is necessary, then it will be so. However, if not, then it will be different. But, all the sorts of metamorphoses that will happen to people, to the State, and the world will be carried out only in accordance with the plan of creation.

I am only interested in the extent to which the people of Israel and, after it, the peoples of the entire world will move to the point of their connection, rapprochement, and meeting with the Creator.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 4/ 24/18

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Newsmax: “4 Steps to Curing Video Game Addiction, Returning to Reality“

The largest portal Newsmax published my new article “4 Steps to Curing Video Game Addiction, Returning to Reality

Gaming addiction has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, gaming disorder is characterized by a lack of control over gaming, and gaming taking higher priority over other interests and daily activities, impairing the gamer’s personal, family, social, educational or occupational functioning.

I saw this problem firsthand about 30 years ago when one of my friends, a man in his 40s, became addicted to computer games. The game he was playing back then took over his life. Each day, from morning to night, he was completely focused on improving his performance, thinking about how to get more soldiers and weapons for the game he had become addicted to.

The climax came when he went bankrupt. Since then, multiple similar examples of gaming addiction have made the problem apparent to many more people.

Video games disconnect people from reality. But what makes them so addictive?

It’s not only the act of playing the games themselves. Behind the scenes is a massive industry inventing, producing, marketing, and investing in the games and their accessories, i.e. many people seeking to maximize their profits.

And when profit motives become entangled in the phenomenon, then a lot of effort goes into, on one hand, contacting governments and finding ways to encourage the enjoyment of video games, and on the other hand, optimizing the games themselves and the world of accessories and imagery surrounding the games to keep people playing.

The major setback is that these people are mostly children and youth. They can easily slip away from reality into video games. This becomes especially disappointing considering that video game addiction can wane certain aspects of their mental and emotional development, as well as cause mental illness and damage to their personality.

The raised awareness of gaming disorder and the potential of video games to deteriorate people’s development is one thing, but what could be done to improve such a state of affairs?

The following are four steps:

1. Restrict access to video games. The authorities who permit addictive video games to flood the market can be requested to restrict access to them, or at least, to sites that make them available. Although this seems unrealistic, especially since these same authorities also make a significant profit from the industry, it’s still doable. The clear example is with countries that restrict free access to the Internet for various reasons.

2. Detach a person from video games. This is the most effective detoxification. We humans are egoistic, pleasure-seeking creatures by nature, and we will always seek new ways to enjoy in different areas of interest.

3. Create parallel educational games or integrate educational aspects into existing games. Instead of leading the protagonist into struggles and victories over other players—fueling players with pride, which attracts them to keep playing — channel the players’ success in the direction of constructive social values. The question is, who will raise such an initiative?

4. Education. Learning tools and programs that focus on strengthening and improving what’s most important in life: meaningful human connections. Such tools should help people navigate through all kinds of interferences to achieve connection, including the wild deluge of virtual products incessantly popping up on our screens. If such education is done successfully, the next generation will know how to manage stable relationships and create positive connections in wider social circles.

The fourth step is definitely the most significant and overriding one. That is, only when our social environment is filled with more meaningful connections, when we will feel that we are genuinely important to each other, like in a family, will we have the means to raise happy and confident human beings. Then, we will no longer seek an escape from reality.

Instead, we will seek a deeper entrance into this reality, and will invest our inventive, productive, playful, and promotional powers into constructing this supportive environment that will prevent any mental illness and impaired development.
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New Life #44 – True Love

New Life #44 – True Love
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

Love is the feeling we build in the space created by mutual concession. We transform clashes between us into opportunities for love and connection by living above our egoistic natures. We make efforts in the same way a mother does with her child, by giving up her own comforts in order to provide the child with what he wants. We bring Light into our lives when we do this and feel that we lack nothing. We elevate ourselves above reality.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #44 – True Love,” 7/12/12

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 6/24/18

Lesson Preparation

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Lesson on the Topic: “Connecting Into One Group” (Preparation for the Unity Evening)

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Talmud Eser Sefirot, Vol. 2, Part 6, Item 9

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Love of God and the Love of Man”

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