My Thoughts On Twitter 6/12/20

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

Every person has a desire that should be corrected to bestow to all people and to the Creator. He must become an active element in the system of the common soul of Adam HaRishon. The small amount of light that he can personally draw from the Creator cannot be drawn by anyone else.

In the general system, everyone has his own part which he has to bring the light that reforms to, and then pass it on to others feeding the whole common soul, similar to the way the cells in the body work. This is his responsibility, because the body lives only on such cells.

A person raises MAN, a prayer, to the Creator, that no one else is able to raise. Draws MAD, the upper light, from the Creator, which no one else can bring down. And through such actions by each soul, there comes the end of correction, the general light that fills the entire soul of Adam.

Mutual hatred and confrontation in society can only be corrected by the power of love, above all differences. All hatred will be covered by love.
Soon the hatred will explode, we will start killing each other, nothing will hold us back.
We must draw the power of love from above, from the Creator.

Love is the highest quality of nature, the quality of the Creator. When it comes and clothes into us, we will see what the real connection between us should be. Everything will be corrected—we just need to want it, not to hide but to constantly strive to reveal the power of love more and more. It will correct everything!

Globalization, as it was understood before the coronavirus, is dead. A global egoistic world is not in the works anymore. It is clear to those who understand that it is possible only after annulling egoism. Or rather, rising above it. Perhaps, because otherwise the problems of humanity cannot be surmounted!
From Twitter, 6/12/20

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“No Police, No Justice, No Peace” (Newsmax)

My article in Newsmax: “No Police, No Justice, No Peace

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 08: People walk down 16th street after “Defund The Police” was painted on the street near the White House on June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. After days of protests in DC over the death of George Floyd, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has renamed that section of 16th street “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The death of George Floyd and the demonstrations protesting it could have sparked many plausible ideas for mitigating police brutality and racism. Complete disbanding of the police was not one of them. How can a society maintain law and order without the police? Who will protect honest retailers from looters such as we saw in the past two weeks?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the police are “the department of government concerned primarily with maintenance of public order, safety, health, enforcement of laws and possessing executive, judicial and legislative powers.” The police are also “charged with prevention, detection and prosecution of public nuisances and crimes.” Clearly, without policing, we will find ourselves in a lawless country and who wants to go that way?

Yet, this is exactly what the Minneapolis City Council decided to do — disband the police. Especially after the riots following Floyd’s unwarranted death, this decision seems capricious, irresponsible and defies any common sense. If it is carried out, there will be no justice and no peace, but only bloodshed and anarchy. It will be Hell on Earth.

There are many problems with today’s police forces in America, but they only reflect the hate-filled society whose building blocks are falling apart. Undue violence is not the sole property of the police; America has the most violent and weaponized civil society in the world, far more than any backward regime you can imagine.

If things are to change, they must start from the root, from the people, the citizens and residents. Without blaming others, without self-righteousness and with a lot of sincerity and courage, people have to look inside at the values and feelings they have helped instate within society.

There is no question that we are all self-centered and see only our own interests. But today, our self-interest requires that we see to it that everyone gets their fair share. We cannot afford to neglect any part of society, since that part is certain to rebel and bring down the whole of society in flames along with itself. In other words, every person’s safety has become completely dependent on the safety of all the other people in society. Today, acting according to this premise is mandatory, since the consequences of not doing so are anarchy, destruction and death.

In a society whose members all feel dependent on each other, policing really can become redundant. If people care for others as much as they care for themselves, they won’t hurt anyone, and everyone will help one another. Therefore, today’s primary goal of every community, city, state and country must be for every person to learn about the laws of the interdependent society, gradually come to live by them and in this way develop love toward other people in the community.

This learning is not a course; it is ongoing learning that accompanies every person in society and adapts itself to the changing society. In today’s society, too few people know about the system of governance that makes so many crucial decisions about their lives. Educated people will behave in an educated manner. So the learning must consist of both theory and practice. The theoretical part will familiarize people with the institutions and regulations that allow a modern society to function, as well as a broader outlook on the interconnected nature of contemporary society. The practical part will consist of exercises that nurture the feeling of mutual connection among people. This is the part that will enable them to transform their lives from a life of suspicion and tension to a life of openness and joy.

To achieve this transformation, the practical part focuses on building solidarity with one’s community, city, state and country, a sense of mutual responsibility and the confidence that by working together toward these goals, it is possible to transform one’s life.

While the theoretical part can be taught to individuals, the practical part requires learning in groups. These can be either physical groups or online groups, but the group needs to work together and develop a group dynamic. In the process of overcoming ego clashes and other social tensions, people will learn the benefits of caring about the society and what to do when a conflict becomes too heated to mitigate. When there is good will all around, there will always be a solution.

Only if a community achieves a substantial level of mutual responsibility is it possible to reduce the level of policing. Instead of law enforcement, the mutual concern of the members of the community will abolish offenses within the community almost entirely and deal effectively with such cases when they arise. But until that happens — No police? No justice, no peace.

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“The Unfounded Reasoning Behind Police Defunding” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “The Unfounded Reasoning Behind Police Defunding

Calls for the defunding of US police departments would put security in handcuffs. The demand for divestment of police budgets and diversion of funds to community initiatives that emerged in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the custody of four Minneapolis officers is a dangerous move. If societies want to improve police-community relations and reach a safe and harmonious relationship, the solution is not to weaken the police force but to strengthen collective education.

The police force, like every citizen, needs to undergo a significant learning process regarding how to curb outbursts and work together with the community.

A US movement brought to the national spotlight in the past few days, calls for the defunding of police departments and the reallocation of resources into job-creation initiatives as well as social and health programs. Under this initiative, some functions traditionally performed by the police would be turned over to others and community members would patrol the streets.

The simple notion of abolishing or debilitating the police is difficult to understand or justify. How can a nation ensure that the laws are obeyed and civil order is maintained without the police as a link between the government and the people? What other system has immediate knowledge of what’s happening at any given moment on any alley or street in America’s complex network of neighborhoods, towns, and cities?

if we want to restore trust in police-community relations, prevent crime and reduce incidents of police abuse or misconduct, we should invest even more in police training and society’s education.

Nowadays, as man’s egoistic nature grows increasingly cruel, one feels superior to the other and strives to squeeze and exploit, crush and loot, abuse and rape. Thus, we must be monitored. Confronted with social issues like drug addiction, severe mental health problems, and street violence, police corps that maintain order are a sine qua non. In an age of social disarray and instability, law and order must be guarded. As it is written, “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment” (Deuteronomy 16:18).

An Unruly Nation Has No Future

Those trespassing the law need the inhibiting influence of police, and the deterring fear of reprimand and punishment in jail to restrain them from committing crimes against individuals and communities. The ego requires boundaries; otherwise it incites anarchy, as we have recently seen in the streets of New York and other cities in America. Particularly in our generation, with its turbulence and plethora of particular political, religious, and social agendas, the scene must be calmed down and brought to a state of balance.

We cannot do without a type of father figure — tough and strong on one side, and empathetic and sensitive on the other — whose role is respected and enhanced through generous funding.

The police are, in fact, caught between a rock and a hard place of modern life: under pressure from policy makers, under public scrutiny, in the midst of sizzling political and social brawls, sometimes ill-equipped to respond appropriately lest they take the heat. Police officers often find themselves caught in the middle, not always knowing how to reconcile the conflicting differences of politics, ethnicity, and race.

Therefore, if we want to restore trust in police-community relations, prevent crime and reduce incidents of police abuse or misconduct, we should invest even more in police training and society’s education. The police force, like every citizen, needs to undergo a significant learning process regarding how to curb outbursts and work together with the community. Officers, robbers, and every citizen is in dire need of an educational undertaking where we scrutinize human nature, each person’s rights and obligations, and how to find common grounds for the common good.
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Trek Through The Desert

laitman_234It must be remembered that egoism is given to us from above; the revelation of egoism comes from the Creator. And therefore it is necessary to work with it methodically every time, more and more, and not wait for  selfishness to disappear. On the contrary, the further we advance, the more egoism, stupidity, cruelty, and arrogance will be revealed and we must work with all of it.

You need to get used to it and you must not quit, despair, or turn off your computer; you must simply continue and continue, even on all fours if you have to, but crawl to the goal.

And my friends will help me; I am them and they are me. Everything is arranged so that we can always go forward if we try to complement each other. When I want to help my comrades and they want to help me then, even if none of us has strength, we will find strength within our union.

This is not a force within each of us; there can be no force inside of any of us! There are ten people and not one of them has any strength. But since we want to connect, we suddenly reveal the power between us. This power is the Creator that is between us. We use His power and not our own.

And therefore, if each one of us is exhausted, if we are all full zeros, this is the best condition and you cannot turn off the screen and leave the group! Because it is in this state that we begin to reveal the power that is between us, that is, the Creator. Inside of ourselves, of course, there are no forces, but we will reveal a higher power.

Therefore, it is precisely because of despair, powerlessness, hopelessness, misunderstanding, supporting each other, and making efforts, despite the fatigue, that we are approaching the revelation of the Creator. This work is called,  trekking through the desert, from which we derive the power of bestowal. Passing through the desert, we ascend from Malchut to Bina.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/31/20, “The Approach to Studying the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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To Survive In This World

laitman_611Question: How do I explain to people that they need to change in order to survive and not get lost in this world?

Answer: There is only one way—to become similar to nature, that is, as integrally correct as possible, interconnected with all people or at least with your small group.

Kabbalah offers dividing into groups of ten, and when studying the correct relationships in the ten, we slowly form them, and our ten becomes a formative unit of the society. The whole corrected humanity will consist of these units.

Gradually, we will have to do this either voluntarily spreading the idea of an integral, equal connection by ourselves or under the influence of viruses. Otherwise there will be no way for us to survive.

And this is the business of today. Or else we will still see several different viruses, besides the coronavirus, on our way that will help us transform society.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/12/20

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Why Is Kabbalah Considered A Science?

laitman_214Question: How can one reveal the Creator?

Answer: It is possible to reveal the Creator only if you are in a corresponding group, study Kabbalah, and begin to follow the rules for revealing the Creator. Practically the entire science of Kabbalah is the science of revealing the Creator to man in this world.

Question: Why is Kabbalah considered a science and not a teaching?

Answer: Because we reveal what exists around us and it is all inanimate, vegetative, animate, and human nature. A comprehension of the surrounding nature and its study is a science.

What do the sciences of our world reveal, such as physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, botany, etc.? They discover the space surrounding us filled with inanimate, vegetative and animate bodies.

Kabbalah reveals not only what we see and feel, but the force behind it called the Creator. And then we begin to understand how everything is arranged, and why all of it is presented and given to us so.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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Why Is It So Difficult For Us To Understand That We Need To Change?

laitman_962.5Question: Nature immediately reacted to our isolation. People need to digest and understand this and then they will begin to change. Why is it difficult for a person to do this?

Answer: Egoism locks us in, and that is why I don’t hear, feel, or sense another person. To me, it is something that does not exist. Of course, I can somehow sympathize with him, but still, it isn’t him that I feel, but myself, my perception of him.

This is the problem. Because I feel everything egotistically, within myself, I transform my feelings upon the other and the other’s upon myself.

When we reach the level of perception of the world not with our current sense organs, but rise above them, i.e., we acquire the qualities of the integral world, we begin to perceive the world in a completely new form where time, distance, and movement do not matter, but only one integral system, which is called soul or Adam.

Starting to perceive the world in this way, from this time onward we will be guided by our abilities and actions in a different way.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20

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Dependence Is A Delicate Thing

Laitman_632.3Question: Although the coronavirus has helped us feel that we are connected, we do not understand how much we depend on each other. This is the whole paradox. How can we get out of this?

Answer: Indeed, a big problem is raised here. We understand that we are inevitably connected with each other, we are together in one system, and the virus acts on everyone, through one to another.

Moreover, this is visible not only in every separate region, but in all countries. There are no problems with communication today so we can learn about everything that is happening in the world.

Are we connected? Yes, but to feel dependence is a problem because it can be at different levels. It is very difficult for us to determine this.

In addition, connectedness is a scientific concept. We can study different connections: bad, good, whatever, because they are objective.

And in order to feel dependence, our subjective sensation already interferes. Maybe I would not want to feel dependent on someone or do not want others to feel dependent on me and make complaints. Therefore, dependence is a very delicate thing.

We must figure out how we are dependent on each other, how this dependence manifests itself, and what if we purposely influence each other in this way? Here, there are many opportunities for all kinds of conjectures and speculations.

Speaking of dependence, I understand that there can be no clear opinion and solid basis here, but there are always some additions from different people directed against each other.

Question: Does dependence always involve a lack of freedom? Is it possible to break out of this?

Answer: Dependence does not necessarily result in a lack of freedom. What matters is what one depends on. If I depend on the whole universe, know that I am a part of it, and voluntarily comply with the laws that exist in it, then I experience a feeling of eternity and perfection. Therefore, it does not suppress me and I do not pressure me that I am a part of it.
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Opening Myself To The Perception Of The Creator

laitman_237If we scrutinize the concept of Ein Sof (Infinity), we will see that this concept does not actually exist. It exists only in our desires, which are not yet stabilized.

By the concept of Ein Sof or limitlessness, we are referring to a state in which the light illuminates without restriction (Tzimtzum), and we are totally open to its impact. We usually give this example: If we fill a glass completely, it will be in a state of Ein Sof because in this state the glass does not limit the filling in any way. This means that Ein Sof, infinity, means without end, without limit. We need to reach this state and open ourselves to the perception of the Creator limitlessly.

How do we perceive the Creator inside us? We name everything that we attain within our limits according to the attributes that we operate within in order to perceive and understand something. This is the reason that we measure the Creator who fills us in a clear and very accurate manner according to size, volume, weight, and according to our desires; this is how we advance.

We always define the Creator in letters, which means according to the way we perceive Him in our attributes, and not according to who He actually is because He does not have any attributes and there is no specific attribute there. We say that He is the good that does good, that He fills and heals, which means that everything we feel inside of us comes from Him, but we cannot attain who He actually is.
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