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If people move towards changing the world by forcefully pushing property (giving out money, etc), this will be worse than instituting the Soviet regime. Any change in economic relationships must be preceded by the dissemination of knowledge about nature’s purpose and program with respect to the world’s development.
When this #coronavirus disappears, a more terrible virus will take its place. And so we will advance, spurred on by viruses. The wickedness of the ego is being revealed in the form of the coronavirus. We must compensate it with goodness, by covering the hatred with love. Until the angel of death is covered by the angel of life.
We’d better hurry up and realize that we are not in crisis, but in a new state of nature, and we have to adapt to it. As quickly as possible. Otherwise our fantasies about coming out of it will lead us to complete exhaustion. It’s better to be realistic about the current events and cut down on anything that isn’t necessary…
From Twitter, 6/30/20
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What are the most lucrative future careers or professions?“
Our socio-economic infrastructure is currently undergoing a fateful shift away from luxury industries and to more emphasis on life’s essentials. Also, we are headed to a future where more and more jobs will become taken over by automation and AI.
Likewise, looking ahead, we should first and foremost realize that people’s basic needs—food, shelter, clothing, education and health—have to be met, and authorities will need to prioritize the fulfillment of people’s basic needs.
The question then becomes, after having basic needs fulfilled, what will people engage in?
With less workforce needed due to the lessening demand of luxury goods and the rise of automation and AI, coupled with a human population increasing to never-before-seen numbers, a new hole appears before us that we will need to fill: ultimately, what professions and careers will be necessary, contributory and beneficial to society heading into the future?
As our lifestyles of materialistic competitiveness will morph into much calmer and more balanced lifestyles that are more essentials focused, in order to develop sensations of happiness, support and confidence throughout societies, we will need to put in a major amount of our time learning and building an atmosphere of positive human connection.
When large swaths of populations will regularly engage in the teaching, learning and construction of positive social ties—as their new careers or professions—we will then see new well-connected societies blossom.
People in such societies will develop heightened sensitivities to each other’s needs, wants and feelings, as well as to the destructive tendency lurking within each person to exploit others for self-benefit, and they will exercise the maintenance of social unity and solidarity upon the divisive drives constantly itching away within.
There is endless room to contribute to a society aiming to positively connect above its divisive drives. The entire range of people’s skills and talents on offer can be applied, as long as they serve the creation of a positive society.
However, a regular dosage of learning the wisdom of connection has to reside in such a system as a prerequisite to any activities to further human connection.
Learning the wisdom of connection means both regularly acquiring knowledge about the vast-ranging benefits of positive social connection, as well as regularly engaging in connection-enhancing experiences.
Our definitions of “lucrative” and “profitable” will then change according to what we would value in such a state: not the competitive-individualistic forms of profit, where we prioritize the construction of our personal empires over everyone and everything else, but we would see profit in terms of how everybody gains considerable health, happiness and confidence from everyone’s contribution to building a positively-connected society.
What would then be the most lucrative career or profession?
It would be those that serve the needs of society, either in providing for people’s basic needs, or in contributing to people’s deeper needs for more meaningful interaction and fulfillment.
The more we develop, the closer we come to the realization of our natural connection to each other, and the need to actualize such connection more and more positively.
The more we work on improving our connections, the more we will grow ourselves into the discovery of a new harmonious reality.
In a situation where luxury industries drop in importance, and where automation and AI will assume many of today’s current jobs, we humans will need to work on what makes us human: our need to positively connect.
As more and more of our engagements will set off in that direction, then the gates to a much greater sense of happiness and fulfillment will open to many more people.
Above image: “One Goal” by Zenita Komad, 2015, taken from “Interdependence: How You Depend on Everyone and Everyone on You.”
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do I clean myself spiritually, and how do I start?“
Spiritual work starts from accepting the laws of your own correction.
To do so requires:
After setting yourself up in such a way, you can then make spiritual progress.
The spiritual path is full of contradictory states—elation one moment, lowliness the next, ascents and descents—sometimes we feel as if there are no spiritual states, desires or intentions before us, but if we create an environment that supports us on our way to the spiritual goal, we eventually undergo a correction of all these egoistic qualities, inverting them all into altruistic ones, as is written that “love will cover all transgressions.”
Undergoing spiritual correction means inverting our egoistic qualities to altruistic qualities.
Reaching such a state means discovering the common soul where everyone resides, with love connecting between us all.
Answer: And what’s the point in such a life? That I will die like an animal and all will end?
Comment: There is some kind of sharpness in this.
My Response: What kind of sharpness? The Marxist kind? “Live for the sake of others, and they for the sake of others, and so everything for the sake of everyone, and nobody for yourself!” What for? This is not the meaning of life.
There can be no sense in what ends. There can be no meaning to life in life itself. This is a primitive, materialistic philosophy, which believes that there is nothing more than matter.
When there is no answer to the question, then you satisfy yourself with this, forgetting about other things, convincing yourself that this is true.
Question: If I am the desire to receive pleasure, what more value can there be besides pleasure, enjoyment?
Answer: The fact is that receiving enjoyment is the goal of material life. Is there anything outside this? If a person does not think about it, he simply engages in the search for pleasure. Of course, it is better to enjoy than to suffer. Everyone will agree with that. But this is not meaning in itself.
Nature did not create us so that we simply live our lives quietly enjoying the years allotted to us. In our development, there is a pre-prepared requirement: “Why?”
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20
Answer: You ask me all sorts of tricky questions in order to avoid spiritual work and do nothing. And I don’t really control the process. I don’t come to you as an advertising agent or salesman and offer my product. I don’t knock on your door and say, “Buy it.” If you want, buy, if not, then don’t.
I’m just telling you that the next blow will be worse and will be very soon. And you practically agree with this.
How do I make it so that it doesn’t happen? And then you say: “Why should we pay such a price for it and start doing something? If there is a problem, we will solve it.”
But why is it necessary to bring it to the point where there is a problem? That’s all I’m talking about. I’m just like you, just seeing what’s going to be bad, not scaring you.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/3/20
Answer: There is nothing alien. Whatever you feel in this world, you feel what belongs to you.
Question: What can I do about bad habits such as smoking? How can I fight them if I know they can kill me? Will I be able to reach any spiritual level with them?
Answer: I don’t know to what extent these habits kill you. If they bother you, then fight them. If they don’t, you can keep them. They have nothing to do with Kabbalah.
Question: Is all the evil of the world an instrument of the Creator to attain Him?
Answer: Of course. All evil that exists in the world is egoism, and egoism was created precisely by the Creator.
Question: What is the difference between responsibility and fear? After all, by and large, it is one and the same.
Answer: No, these are two different things. Ask psychologists and they will explain how different these definitions are.
Question: Has the perception of your senses changed at higher levels of spiritual development? If so, then how? Can you describe your senses, including visual, audile, and others?
Answer: When you rise to these levels, then we will talk about it in order to better guide you.
Question: If I think for a long time that the Creator draws a picture of the world for me and He rules everything, a feeling of the illusory nature of the world arises in me, and my fear weakens. Is it a Kabbalistic device or psychology?
Answer: What is the difference? This is all one and the same sensation, the same science. We should not divide all sciences into conditionally different ones. This is all general science about the universe, about its perception, and about how we can find its only common root.
Question: Does punishment really exist? Is it present in the Creator?
Answer: There is no punishment, there are simply such conditions in which a person is not very well oriented. And therefore, it seems to you that you are being punished. But in fact you are being directed.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20
Question: Does a name characterize a person?
Answer: No. If we knew the source of a newborn’s soul we could give him a name according to the source of one’s soul, as described in the Torah. But we don’t know it, and so we give arbitrary names. We will scrutinize this in the future.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19
Answer: If you want to, you can do it. For this, there is a method of correcting yourself as an egoist, and this method is described in our courses. Go to the archives on our site and see everything that is said about it. Choose what you want, read, get interested, find friends and a group—go ahead.
Question: I want to be in the integral connections, but I understand that I am an egoist. What can I do alone?
Answer: You are all egoists! When you get together and learn how to help each other in a way that complements one another, then you will instantly see how both you and nature will become balanced, tranquil, and benevolent. This is all very quickly corrected; you just need to start listening and wanting it.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/10/20
New Life 1239 – The Coronavirus And Human Evolution
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi
Nature creates humans as good, but our egoistic desire to dominate others makes us bad. People who dominate others are strong and rich and do not have support from the integral power that is found in nature. They will not survive. In the world of tomorrow, people who know how to overcome their egos, think of others, and draw society toward unity will be considered strong. The characteristic of love is the most important for survival because we live in a global and integral world. Connection with the general power of nature depends on the bestowal of goodness to others. A person who has improved in this way, will feel like the king of the world.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1239 – The Coronavirus And Human Evolution,” 5/14/20
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