Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is human development?“
Human development is the development of positive connections upon our innate differences and divisions.
Prior to the existence of humans, connections formed on inanimate, vegetative and animate levels that paved the way for humans to develop and connect.
For instance, particles connected into atoms, and amalgamations that could sustain their connections continued living, while those that failed to do so broke down and became obsolete.
On inanimate, vegetative and animate levels, nature maintains balance.
However, at the human level, where we hold a certain amount of responsibility for our development, we see that we have made a lot of mistakes and brought about a lot of suffering to ourselves, and imbalance with nature.
Instead of focusing our development on connecting positively to one another upon our divisive drives, we let such drives define our so-called “development” until today.
As such, we have developed scientifically, culturally, technologically and economically, i.e. in numerous superficial fields, but we have failed to develop the most important aspect of our lives: our attitudes and relationships to each other.
In the process, we set ourselves up in opposition to nature and experience its side effects. Instead of becoming happier, healthier and more confident social beings, we experience rising depression, stress, anxiety and loneliness.
Nature shows us an example of how cells and organs function for the benefit of the entire organisms that they inhabit, and receive what they need in order to operate for the whole organism’s benefit. If a cell receives more than what it needs for the organism’s functioning, it becomes cancerous and brings disease.
Human society today is like a cluster of cancerous cells, each prioritizing self-benefit over benefiting others.
A shift to a healthier, happier and more confident human society requires a shift in our priorities: that we will all prefer benefiting others over benefiting ourselves.
We can also expect more and more events that will show us the extent of our interdependence—with each other and with nature.
The coronavirus was the latest such event.
Therefore, as we head into the future, the more we positively connect to each other, the better we will become equipped to deal with the changes taking place in the world, as the extent of our connections will be the extent of our balance with nature.