Remark: There are people in Japan called Hikikomori. These are people who withdraw into themselves, isolate themselves, confine themselves to their homes; they do not go anywhere. Some never leave their homes and earn money by freelancing on the internet. Japan has more and more of these people.
My Comment: Very well. They live and have acquired a virtual identity for themselves. They should be given an opportunity to develop in various ways through this virtual identity. Each person will decide, according to their own egoism, what is best and more convenient for them.
They do not cost the government anything, they do not harm anyone, they do not kill or steal—nothing like that. That is all good. They do not sneak out at night to do something bad.
I would put all people on this “diet,” this lifestyle.
But, in order to achieve a higher life, a higher purpose, to acquire the ability to sense it, to come out of ourselves, to rise above this meager collection of still, vegetative, animate, and human bodies, our world, for this ascension, a person must exit one’s cell and begin to unite. But unite in the right way!
Question: Will they be able to break through and grow after some time? What will they achieve by sitting in solitude and not stepping outside? What will happen to them?
Answer: The question about the meaning of life will come to them. It will occur to each of them.
I am certain that people will begin to distance themselves from this hectic, raging mass, from this “Manhattan” that has spread all over the world. Thanks to emerging technologies, all the commuting from office to office, to and from work, will be reduced. Humanity will engage in inner work with the help of computers, producing a more internal intellectual product.
Therefore, many people will be confined to their homes, not just the Japanese. It is ecologically sound, cleaner, easier, more agreeable to people. Even the Torah says: “Happy is the one who earns a living not having to leave his home.”
Question: What what will it lead to?
Answer: People keep developing, their desire keeps growing, as is intended by nature, from above; they will start to feel: “What is it all for?”
Right now, humanity is preoccupied with their “games,” not realizing what kind of question is hanging over them. They will come to the meaning of life. The truth.
Question: A breakthrough toward it? From what, an outcry?
Answer: From a growing, expanding inner need. Actually, this is sweet suffering because it tells you about the search, that you are a human!
Question: Does this mean there is a great joy somewhere out there, but I have yet to discover it?
Answer: Yes. I have not discovered it yet, but it is shining at me from afar. That is, I am already connected to it but now I have to move toward it.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/2/19