Question: The Netherlands has a museum of the human body. It is created so realistically that it takes the visitors’ breath away. Inside the museum, there is actually a whole city comprised of different parts of the body that you can wander through.
The visitors feel like they are tiny and moving through the corridors of an artificial human giant while watching how the blood circulates, how the digestive tract works, and the giant heart beats, how the auditory and muscular systems, vocal cords, bones, and teeth work. All this can be studied in detail and seen in action.
While traveling through the body, visitors can clearly see how harmful habits negatively affect the work of organs and systems.
What transformations occur inside a person when he becomes acquainted with the world around him and the system of connections in it? Does it somehow change his inner attitude to the world, to himself?
Answer: It can change, of course,
Question: Why does this impression, this inspiration, not act in a person for the long term, so that at every moment of time he would remember the system of connections?
Answer: Does he enjoy it or not? If he does not enjoy it, he forgets immediately. If he enjoys it, it remains to the extent that it is pleasant to him.
Question: Is it possible to make the same simulation, the same museum of “relationships between people”? Can we create such a model?
Answer: It can be an imaginary one, but it will not teach a person anything because it is against human nature. All this will be unpleasant for him.
He will be happy to see such a beautiful picture, but not to participate in it against his egoistic nature!
Question: But if everyone treats him well, does everything for his benefit, does he not get involved in this game?
Answer: It will occupy him for some short period of time, like going to a movie.
Question: And what does it take for a person to want not only to get involved in this game, but also to change himself so that this becomes his?
Answer: To do this, he must, of course, already acquire significant life sufferings. How else will he want this? After all, this all is against our nature.
Question: When a person suffers, he always wants to run away, that’s the easiest thing. And here he has a choice to acquire something else. How does the tipping point of choice happen, when he no longer wants to run away, but wants to choose a new path?
Answer: When there is no other way. When he has to find the meaning of life, otherwise life is worth nothing. I just do not want anything other than the meaning of life! Why do I need all this? Why do I exist? Why was I born? If it bothers him very much, only to the extent of this concern, to the extent of this suffering, will he be able to change.
Question: Walking through the corridors of such a museum, which are also being created in Toronto, and New York, will a person have no thoughts about the meaning of life if he is suffering?
Answer: Absolutely not! This is about physiology, not about the inner world of a person. About his innards, but not about his inner world.
Question: Where does the question about the meaning of life arise?
Answer: It is not inside a person. Not in the heart, not in the mind. It is in the soul. And the soul is not inside a person. It is next to him.
Question: How does the awakening of this question happen within a person?
Answer: The soul makes such a suggestion to the brain of a person that he begins to think about it.
Question: What is the soul?
Answer: The soul is the question about the meaning of life. For now. Later it will develop from this question.
Question: And what will it become?
Answer: It will become a capacity, in which one will begin attaining the meaning of life. The desire to attain the meaning of life is called the soul, the initial state of the soul.
Then this desire begins to fill with all kinds of spiritual attainments, spiritual—about the meaning of life. And thus, it develops.
A person begins to ask more intelligent questions, more eternal, more elevated, and receives answers to them. This is the development of the soul.
Comment: The attainment of the meaning of life is different for everyone.
My Response: And we cannot compare. How can I pull out my soul and place it in you so that you could compare two souls there?
Question: A person has a growing desire for the meaning of life. This is what we call the soul. Everyone has their own desire, which is not like the others. Then what happens to these desires? Do they connect with each other?
Answer: They do not connect. Why would they connect?
Comment: They say that there is one big soul for everyone.
My Response: This connection is different when we have one common goal. When we need to achieve one common goal, the souls connect in order to reach the common goal. But they connect with each other through opposition.
Question: Why do they oppose each other?
Answer: In order not to annul themselves. And once they connect, we have one common whole consisting of many parts.
Question: How do they connect?
Answer: Through the qualities of bestowal and love.
Question: And what do these connected desires discover about the meaning of life?
Answer: They discover the interaction with each other above common egoism.
Question: Is there some kind of single definition of this interaction between them above the qualities?
Answer: It is the common soul, Adam. The common network of connections is called “Adam” from the words “similar to the Creator.”
Question: Do people, by building all these systems of connections, subconsciously want to reach the upper network of connections?
Answer: Yes. The soul is yearning for this.
From KabTV’s “News With Michael Laitman,” 3/3/20