My Thoughts On Twitter 7/3/20

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

It is only by turning to the Creator that we can be salvaged from the hardships. When we start turning to Him, we will understand that what matters most isn’t to be redeemed from the problems and misfortunes, since they were given to us only so we may turn to the Creator. It is therefore best to ask from the start for Him to bring us closer to Him!

We shouldn’t hope for the coronavirus to disappear soon. It won’t leave us alone, and more serious problems will arrive in addition. Soon, money, resources and food products will run out, and humanity will suffer tremendously. Besides this, tornadoes, storm clouds, locusts, floods, and drought are impending…

No attempt to create a world in which every person is considerate of others and cares about their wellbeing has succeeded! Such a revolution can only be implemented by the Creator, who will reveal a different nature in us. This is what we should try to ask for, as quickly as possible!

Humanity is starting to reveal that egoism is a force from above, and there is an upper force that is opposite to egoism, which we must turn to for help, so it will transform the force of evil into the force of good, into anti-egoism. Then we will start to live good, happy lives in the new, upper world!
From Twitter, 7/3/20

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“There’s No Getting Around Change” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “There’s No Getting Around Change

When it became clear that COVID-19 is spreading the world over, country by country shut down its borders and locked its people in their homes, promising that it would all be over in two months (remember that they still wanted to hold the Tokyo Olympics in July?). But now it’s clear: There is no relief in sight, as locust, hunger, and earthquakes are serving humanity blow after blow after blow.

Nature is a persistent teacher; it will not let up until we give up and agree to change.

Nature is a persistent teacher; it will not let up until we give up and agree to change. It didn’t send us these torments for no reason. We have been cultivating abusive behavior toward others and toward nature for generations. For several decades, we have been getting constant warnings that we had gone too far with the “Me, me, me” culture and that we must change. We would not listen. In the end, nature had to stop us and tell us “Stay home!”

But as soon as nature began to calm and show us its beauty, as soon as the air and the water began to clear, we reverted back to “normal.” It may have been “normal,” but it certainly wasn’t right.

So now nature has decided to step up its measures: It is sending us locust swarms of Biblical proportions, as some newspapers called them, hunger and thirst like we have never seen before, including in America, yet its demand has not changed at all: Start thinking of each other; say “We” before you say “Me,” and everything will be alright.

This “We” approach is the paradigm that runs all of nature; we cannot be excluded. The only reason we are suffering now is that we thought we could go our own separate way.

In the end, nature will teach us that if we want to feel good, we must first see that others feel good. This is nature’s only stipulation for turning our lives into Heaven on Earth. We can adopt this mindset and set off the emergence of happiness right now, or try a few more selfish ploys before we throw in the towel. We may not have freedom of choice, but we have all the freedom in the world to choose happiness.

“Capitalism Is Kaput, What’s Next?” (Newsmax)

My article in Newsmax: “Capitalism Is Kaput, What’s Next?

Capitalism has been dying for a long time but we didn’t know it. We thought we were practicing it; we thought it was the most advanced economic system humankind has ever conceived, while in fact, it has long been kaput or as Webster’s Dictionary defines it, “utterly finished, defeated, destroyed, unable to function.” Indeed, capitalism has been destroyed by the very force on which it intended to capitalize: the human ego.

When it first dawned on humanity, capitalism was the right thing at the right time. It facilitated progress, healthy competition and in many cases, a chance to build a good life based on one’s willingness to work hard. But for the past several decades, the link between labor and income has been shattered and crushed, replaced by financial wizardry and exploitation of financial power for political gain and vice-versa. And just to demonstrate the disconnect, ask yourself this: If every industry and every service in the country is breaking record lows right now, how come Wall Street is breaking record highs? This is what a shattered link between labor and income looks like. Very few gain from it.

Now, thanks to the coronavirus, it is becoming evident that capitalism has run its course. I believe that the tide in stocks we have seen after the initial drop when COVID-19 first struck is the swan song of capitalism. Like the sudden apparent recovery of a dying man before the final collapse, Wall Street is currently celebrating. But it will be short lived. Very soon, it will begin its final decline. It may be a longer process or a shorter one, but either way, capitalism has run its course.

To me, the more troubling question is “What’s next?” Because if we are not careful, the signs are pointing to a new dark era. Radical forces are becoming increasingly brazen and seek to overthrow democracy and capitalism and install totalitarianism. It may take the form of communism, fascism or Nazism, but whichever it is, it will not benefit the regular folk.

Yet, this will happen only if we stay idle. It is evident to everyone that the world today is an integral system whose parts are all interconnected. Everything that each of us does affects all of humanity. In such a system, caring only for ourselves is a prerogative we cannot afford. We must develop a more inclusive thinking where we calculate our actions according to the benefit of our communities, cities, countries and eventually the world, instead of only our own. If we are aware of this then we have no excuse to sit by and let events develop on their own. We need to spread the word that we are all responsible for one another.

The violent struggles we are seeing now are counterproductive to the cause of mutual responsibility since they only increase hatred and separation. Being interconnected and interdependent means we care for one another. And just as I wouldn’t act violently toward a member of my family with whom I disagree, so I must avoid violence toward others, on whom I rely, even if I do not like them for whatever reason.

I am not endorsing socialism and certainly not communism of any sort. Nor do I have a particular political affiliation. My interest is the well-being of humanity. Accordingly, I am endorsing caring, mutual consideration and mutual responsibility.

The resulting economic system after the demise of capitalism will be something we have never tried before, since we have never cared for one another unless they were family (and even then, not always.) There is no clear outline to this new economy, since we have yet to begin to care for one another, but as soon as we start caring, we will know what we should do.

It is a bit like a first-time mother. Until she has her first child, she has no idea how to be a mother. But as soon as the child is born, she suddenly knows. She feels what she should do because her love guides her motherhood.

The same is true for a society that is based on caring. Until we begin to build it, we will not know what it should be like. But once we take our first step, the knowledge will come through our care for one another.

It is possible and it is urgent. If we wait, the radical, totalitarian forces will gain too much traction and set society off on the complete opposite track.

“What Declining Birth Rates Mean To Humanity” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “What Declining Birth Rates Mean to Humanity

Is it right to bring more children to this world now? This is a question that seems more relevant than ever in these days when economic, social, and environmental uncertainty are making women think twice about motherhood. The number of births in the United States hit the lowest levels yet during the last three decades, according to an official recently released study of 2019. It is expected that the distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic will lower those record-breaking statistics even more. But beyond the numbers, our main concern should be how to improve the quality of life for the world’s population, the quality of our relations for the benefit of society.

“As humanity evolves, people are becoming increasingly reluctant to have children because people’s egos are growing, producing a self-centered approach toward all aspects of life.”

The fertility rate per woman needed to replace a generation is 2.1 children, a level that is not currently met, according to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The preliminary study found that on average, women in America are expected to bear only 1.71 children. It also reveals that the total number of births fell to about 3.7 million last year, nearly 1% less than in 2018.

The baby boom predicted as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown will not materialize. Quite the opposite: Birth control requests in America have nearly doubled due to the virus outbreak. As a result of the soaring unemployment and economic pressure, economists expect to see approximately 500,000 fewer births in America next year.

Today’s society does not cultivate a desire to have children. As humanity evolves, people are becoming increasingly reluctant to have children because people’s egos are growing, producing a self-centered approach toward all aspects of life. The ego grows day by day, generation after generation, and makes people focus more and more on pleasing themselves, to the point that today many young people do not even want to marry. Couples have developed a new approach to life, centered around self-fulfillment, and many question why they should lose their freedom and tie themselves to fulfilling the needs of children.

At the same time, medical advancements have given us the sensation of control over births. Women can now choose whether they want children or not, when and how, depending on their careers or life priorities. They are even able to choose the baby’s gender prior to conception. From the naive couple of past society with very little knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth, we have transformed into a society of well-planned and carefully-calculated childbirth.

The sharp decline in fertility rates has swept through many countries as a global trend, as studies confirm. But this is not necessarily a negative situation. One may ask, “Since we already have a worldwide population of 8 billion, why do we need to increase it? What for?

In fact, a person needs meaning, a higher purpose than just living. What does fertility give to a person? Every person’s life on earth is purposeful. Every human being is meant to correct his egoistic nature. This goal can be attained through the gradual process of connecting with others, until a new humanity is born, a humanity based on mutual responsibility and unity.

What the world needs now is a qualitative change not a quantitative one. A society in which every person rises above his egoistic nature and aims at benefitting his surrounding environment does not require billions of people. This epitomizes a qualitative change instead of a quantitative one.

Concern about how to educate our children and not the number of births is what should occupy our minds.

When we educate our children to love others, toward the purpose of life, toward discovering the correct connection between people, this will be the time to bring as many children into the world as possible. In a global and integral system, each child brings tremendous benefit to the development of all of humanity.
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Blitz Of Kabbalah Tips – 4/26/20, Part 3

Laitman_632.3Question: Since I began to study Kabbalah, my life has fundamentally changed for the better, and I have become a completely different person. Does this mean that I’m on the right track?

Answer: Possibly, but not necessarily.

Question: Does non-kosher food prevent me from revealing the Creator?

Answer: I cannot say so.

Question: If someone gets sick, does it mean that I’m doing something wrong?

Answer: We are connected with each other, and therefore, we are as if responsible for one another.

Question: If there is none else besides Him, then what demands can be made to a person?

Answer: The claim is that the Creator wants to educate a person, and his response is unsynchronized and inadequate.

Question: What should the first step in attaining the Creator be?

Answer: The first step is to set off on the path “there is none else besides Him.”

Question: Who, in your opinion, is the Creator?

Answer: The Creator is the common force of all nature, the single unchanging force which manifests itself within relation to us in absolute bestowal and love, but is attained by us to the extent of our resemblance to it.

Question: Is our world like a computer program, a stimulator of the world? What do you say about this option?

Answer: Our world can really be called a specific computer program, because everything in it is absolutely determined, organized, and defined. And I cannot confirm the rest of what you have said.

Question: Should the connection between people be corrected on the earthly level?

Answer: Yes, definitely. We must establish peace, good connection, and love, and reveal the property of bestowal in both worlds, on both earthly and spiritual levels.

Question: What should I do if I change myself, but see that people around me do not change?

Answer: This suggests that you yourself have not yet changed.

Question: When I bestow, does this bestowal depend on the sensitivity of a recipient?

Answer: This is true, bestowal depends on the perception of the recipient of my bestowal. There necessarily must be reciprocity here. I cannot evaluate my bestowal on my own, it can be done precisely by the one to whom I bestow.

Question: Sometimes it happens that it looks like nothing good has happened, but you feel joy inside. What is that?

Answer: This is the joy that is within you. You just do not know why. 🙂
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20

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What Kind Of Connection Does The Creator Have With A Person?

laitman_751.2Question: What kind of connection, what attitude, does the Creator have toward a person?

Answer: It is a direct connection. The Creator created the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature and man, and He manages all these levels. The first three levels function only in order to sustain and to support the existence of the human nature.

The human nature is also divided into four parts: still, vegetative, animate, and human levels in a person.

The last level, the human level in a person, feels the need to reveal the Creator, whereas all the other parts, which means all the other people in whom the last part of the development of the desire has not been revealed, don’t feel the need to reveal Him yet and it does not concern them. They live a peaceful animate-level life.

Those in whom the desire to reach the human level in a person has already developed begin to feel the need and the necessity of attaining the force that manages them, the force that is above us. On the whole, such people come to study the wisdom of Kabbalah.
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What Does It Mean To Love Yourself?

laitman_527.02Question: What does it mean: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”? What does it mean to love yourself?

Answer: To the same extent that you can egoistically imagine how to love yourself, you must also love another.

Naturally, it will be different at different levels. The more you rise with the help of your growing egoism, the more you will love yourself. And this will serve as an example of how you should love the other even more.

Question: If a person grows on the spiritual level, does he become better in everyday life and change on the physical level?

Answer: No. A person who grows spiritually is absolutely invisible in our world in his growth, in his changes. After all, this does not happen in properties that people can detect, determine, and measure.
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