“Time To Overhaul How We Rank People” (BIZCATALYST 360°)

My new article on BIZCATALYST “Time To Overhaul How We Rank People

One of the first questions in every first meeting with a person is, “What do you do?” meaning what do you do for a living. There are two things we usually want to know when we ask that question: 1) How much you make, and 2) What is your rank on the social stratum. In fact, if you said to your new acquaintance how much you make straight away, he or she wouldn’t enquire about the type of work you do or your social stratum. Your earnings alone would enable that person to rank you.

But what do you do when money is meaningless? We’re heading toward a reality of widespread joblessness when many good people will be out of work permanently not of their own volition, but because there will be no jobs to occupy. This is not a futuristic scenario. COVID-19 has instigated this reality. If initially, people were furloughed, now they are being fired as more and more companies are adjusting to a reality of permanent low demand.

I already wrote countless times in essays and in books about the obligation of governments to provide jobless people with a basic income, and that this income must be contingent on participating in sessions that teach them about the reality that got them fired. While it is essential to know that the world that has become completely interdependent, and that in order to survive we must be responsible for one another, we must also tend to people’s sense of self-esteem.

To put it differently, there are three elements that people must maintain in order to be able to lead a satisfying life: 1) physical provisions (staples), 2) understanding the world they live in, and 3) a sense of dignity or self-esteem. Without any one of these three, people will be driven to despair, and many will resort to violence, which will tear society apart.

Because, at the end of the day, public figures cater to the desires of the public, the public must show that it respects people who give to society, and even more importantly, bring it together. There is no question that a cohesive society is a resilient society. Also, people are happier when they live in a supportive environment. We need to show that this is the society we want and that we pay people who help bring us together with respect, dignity, and accolades. If we do so with conviction, and resolutely show that we condemn people who exploit others, even the wealthiest, most powerful people will give up their power and fortune in return for appreciation.

We mustn’t forget that it doesn’t matter how many billions I have if people don’t know about it and respect me for it.

Therefore, if social values change, so will people’s desires, since nothing is more powerful than people’s opinion of a person. If we show what values we want, what kind of individuals we respect, we will create a society made of such people.

My teacher’s father, the prolific thinker, and kabbalist, Baal HaSulam, phrased the whole concept in one short paragraph: “Indeed, any experienced person knows that the greatest of all the world’s imaginable pleasures is to win people’s favor. Obtaining this coveted thing is worth making every effort and worldly concession. This is the magnet to which the finest in every generation are drawn, and for which they trivialize the whole of the worldly life.”

When we respect people who contribute to our solidarity, that contribution will be the new currency. The more people contribute to it, the “wealthier” they will be in the eyes of society, and therefore in their own eyes, as respect becomes the new currency. If we employ this tactic, we will navigate our communities and countries to safety in the stormy water of COVID-19 and beyond.
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How To Combine Two Realities

laitman_928Question: How does a Kabbalist at the next level of perception of reality combine perfect reality with an uncorrected, non-integral, evil, earthly reality?

Answer: The Kabbalist combines this in himself. We humans are special creatures that exist in both worlds: in a perfect higher world to the extent that we can enter into conjugation with an integral system and at the same time in our world to the extent that we still cannot get out of our egoistic world.

Do not think about our world as evil and bad. It is a special system, which, in the language of truth, exists only in us. Only in us is it perceived.

Therefore, we must correct only ourselves. Nothing that I perceive as our world, subjectively, exists. What seems real to us exists in us. You exist in me, I in you. This slightly complicates the perception of the overall picture, but, in general, this is so.
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From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20

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New Life 1177 – Digestive Problems

New Life 1177 – Digestive Problems
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

In order for the digestive system to function properly, it needs to absorb good thoughts about the self and others. Thought is the highest of all the hidden powers and forces within nature. By learning to “love your neighbor as yourself,” we will be able to connect and find solutions to every problem including the healthy functioning of the human body.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1177 – Digestive Problems,” 11/19/19

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New Life 1245 – The Connected Person

New Life 1245 – The Connected Person
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi

The life of a person who has social intelligence is much better since he brings about the correction of the world and this fills him internally. A person who has social intelligence does not attack others and is not rude. He is harmless, humble, and tries to do help everyone. He sets a good example and explains to others how they should live. He understands that it is good for humanity, for nature, and for all of reality to be in mutual, integral complementation. Success means bringing people together and making peace. Social intelligence is the connection between wisdom and emotion as well as giving and receiving. If we learn to connect to each other correctly, we will get to know the general force that is in all of reality and connects the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate levels in nature. This is wholeness. We will reveal the upper force or Godliness in the connections that we will weave between us.
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From KabTV’s “New Life 1245 – The Connected Person,” 5/25/20

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Daily Kabbalah Lesson – 7/5/20

Lesson Preparation

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Writings of Rabash, Article 34, “What Are Day and Night in the Work?” (1988)

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 51

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Writings of Baal HaSulam, “The Essence of the Wisdom of Kabbalah”

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Selected Highlights

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