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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 7/7/20
A few days after the riots in Manhattan that erupted during the protests over the killing of George Floyd, a friend sent a seven-minute video of himself driving through the city. Throughout the clip, only two venues did not have their street level windows broken or boarded up: a store at the bottom of Trump Tower, where FBI forces guarded the entrance, and a church, which had no street level windows, only heavy doors.
Throughout the clip, you can hear the man saying, “All boarded up; all the high-end stores, all boarded up…” He was in shock. Before his eyes, the insignia of the American Dream were shattered and boarded up, and the whole notion of capitalism was falling apart with it.
I am the last person to mourn over the demise of capitalism, but it is still amazing to see it happening with your own eyes. It’s not as if the writing hasn’t been on the wall for decades, but COVID-19 seems to have landed it a knockout. Capitalism will not rise up, and the world will follow America’s lead.
But the world isn’t ending. In fact, a new dawn is rising. We are entering an era of mutual concern and care for one another. It is a painful birth, but what birth isn’t? The world that is emerging from the ruins of capitalism is one where people tend to one another—initially because they have to, but ultimately because they want to!
The current crisis, expedited by the virus, has exposed society’s broken ties and showed that if we don’t fend for ourselves, no one will. At the same time, only now that the shattering is evident is it possible to begin the process of correction.
And in the case of America, correction means connection. Heart-to-heart connection must be the top value, the zenith. It will take all parties and all factions of society to achieve it, but it is the only way out of the downhill spiral.
As for the rest of the world, it is, and will be watching carefully to see what comes out of America. This vast country, with its myriad cultures, is a sample of all of humanity. If America unites above all the differences among its residents, so will all the nations. The world awaits the American Dawn.
Having received the blow of the coronavirus, we feel like we are one small village. The virus teaches us that we need a heart-to-heart closeness and a physical distance that helps us connect our hearts. It directs us to uplift the spirit, rather than join our bodies on the material plane.
The people of Israel will increasingly side FOR or AGAINST uniting in the fight against the virus. This will serve as a change in their status and show a good or bad example to the whole world. We need to explain to the people what determines our future!
To the extent that we are divided, we cause the nations of the world to hate us. After all, they subconsciously expect us to call for and give an example of unification, where the #purpose and good #future of the world will be revealed.
By arousing hatred towards us, the Creator urges us toward the goal through suffering. That’s too bad…
Why did #Israel first succeed with handling of the coronavirus and then took a dive?
– Because it didn’t use its success to show the world how to unite correctly. Instead, it demonstrated a return to the old social ego-relations. Now it will seek the correct format of relations!
From Twitter, 7/7/20
Answer: It depends on how much we perceive ourselves and human society as one single organism in order to become similar to the general nature instead of being opposite to it, while constantly receiving blows from it.
We already see how we are destroying our planet and can’t do anything about it. Our egoism is leading us toward destruction.
Still, we have to think about how we can change our behavior. However, this is impossible unless we change our egoistic nature. Therefore, the most important question is: how do we change it? Otherwise, the planet won’t stand us any longer. So think about what to do.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 5/17/20
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “How do I get motivated every single day?“
We humans are different to animals in that our dreams, visions, goals and targets motivate us to strive more than merely living in order to survive.
Getting motivated every day to realize one’s goals requires organizing for oneself an environment that consistently upholds the importance of such goals.
However, it is important to clarify the goals one exerts for, since many goals end up failing to provide lasting fulfillment and happiness.
The ultimate goal in life is achieving total balance with nature through positive human connection.
When we reach such a mode of connecting to each other, with altruistic thoughts, desires and actions in the midst of our connections, we will experience a new kind of happiness—one that does not dissipate, but which is eternal, since we would reach what Kabbalah calls “equivalence of form” with nature’s altruistic form.
Therefore, similarly to how we motivate ourselves to achieve other goals in life, achieving connection in order to balance with nature requires a supportive environment of like-minded people who share a similar desire to reach this eternal fulfillment. Also, they should regularly show encouragement and examples to each other of efforts to rise above the human egoistic nature, which separates us, and enter the altruistic nature, which connects us.
We will then start experiencing our incapability and unpreparedness for such a state, as we start detecting how our entire being is anti-altruistic, aimed solely at our personal benefit.
Therefore, our motivation to continue and make a breakthrough from our egoistic, self-centered nature to balance with the altruistic mode of nature, depends on the support, encouragement, confidence and activity that we develop in a supportive environment that aims at such a goal.
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is wrong with our society today?“
If we viewed human society a single live organism, then what would we see?
We would see that, in its current state of development, its immune system is barely working, and its cells and organs, which should be sustaining the body’s health, are deteriorating.
Personal, social, economic and ecological problems are all on the rise, including depression, stress, loneliness, emptiness, anxiety, xenophobia, drug abuse, suicide, income equality, poverty, climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, and although many people are trying to patch and treat these problems, the efforts fail to solve the problem at its overarching cause.
What is the cause of all problems in human society?
It is the human ego, i.e., the innate calculative mechanism in human nature that prioritizes self-benefit over benefiting others, which makes society’s individual “cells” each pull to themselves more than giving to others, bringing on the downfall of the entire organism of human society.
As cancer takes place when cells take more than they need at the expense of the body, so our society is currently made up of egoists each guided by an enveloping egoistic paradigm that supports the idea of success as becoming individually wealthy, famous and powerful.
That we are egoists is a nature-given situation, but the social influence and public opinion that supports egoistic goals and values is what’s wrong with society.
Nature functions oppositely to the human ego: altruistically and according to laws of interconnection and interdependence. It thus rejects our growing ego, and the more we develop today, the more we feel pressured between our growing ego that wants to detach from others, and nature’s tendency to connect us all into a single whole.
Therefore, the more we develop today, the more we enter into an increasing entanglement of complications, and it is all in order to bring us to the realization that our egoistic nature stands behind all of our problems, that it is an inherently evil quality, that we helplessly follow its demands to try and fill it with self-aimed pleasure at the expense of others time and again, and that any move to improve society requires first diagnosing the ego as the cause of all our problems.
Then, when we reach a widespread realization of this common cause to all our problems, we can start fixing it.
When we reach such an awakening, we will realize that there is no person, group of people, or political or religious orientation to blame for our problems. There is only our very egoistic nature, dwelling in each and every one of us.
How can we then correct human nature, if it is the cause of all our problems?
It is possible if we create an environment that supports the ego’s correction, so that instead of receiving for self-benefit alone at the expense of others, we would want to positively contribute and connect to others in order to benefit them, without any “What will I get out of it?” intent.
It is against human nature to give and contribute to others, but if we changed public opinion, our social and media influences, and also our education, in order that we learn the nature of humanity’s increasing interdependence today, how the human ego opposes our growing interdependence and also why this is the cause of all our problems, and that the way to resolve our myriad problems today is by correcting our connections to each other—creating an environment that supports giving and contributing to society, prioritizing values of mutual consideration and responsibility over competitive and individualistic ideas of success—then we would be on course to a monumental positive social transformation.
Question: We must constantly satisfy our desires. You said that when the quarantine ends, people will lose the need to satisfy themselves with all sorts of shopping, etc.
But we can see that now when a slight easing has begun, people have started flooding restaurants and shops to fill the accumulated void. I even know for myself that shopping therapy is a pleasant thing that is quite accessible to many. What is wrong with this and why should it end?
Answer: It’s not about whether it’s good or bad. I evaluate everything in relation to the goal that the individual and society as a whole should achieve. Therefore, I cannot say that we are acting correctly, behaving correctly.
Nature will have to correct us and precisely direct us to the final goal of development. And it is not sitting in cafes, restaurants, and bars or running around to sales, but working on ourselves, learning together how to get closer to one another internally, and creating a single system of ourselves, like all of inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature and the entire cosmos. We cannot even imagine how much they are connected in all their diversity.
Therefore, we need to understand that we should also be linked to this system and not look at it from the outside as some higher creatures, the masters of life. We need to know what is happening to us, what nature wants from us.
And it wants absolute unity between us so that we are as one person with one heart and, at the same time, connected to its inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, adding to them our level of “man.” Then everything together will be one completely closed integral system.
From KabTV’s “The Post-Coronavirus Era,” 4/23/20
Answer: If we scrutinize our lives carefully, we will see that we don’t manage anything, and even if we think that we actually perform certain actions and do certain things, it only seems this way to us. We are constantly in doubt.
The only way we can check that the Creator is the only force that manages everyone is if we carefully implement the method of attaining the Creator. Then He is revealed.
But the system that we learn about is revealed to us in the oppositeness of the Creator, in the oppositeness of His uniqueness, His credibility. You will feel this as a revelation of the light against a background of darkness and will gradually come to the conclusion that there is indeed only one force that manages us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/1/19
In the article “The Matter of Spiritual Attainment,” (Shamati #3) Baal HaSulam says that Ein Sof is the source of everything and that it is called “Light without a vessel,” which mean the limitless light of the Creator in a certain attribute. From there the root of creation originates, the connection between the created being and the Creator, called the Creator’s desire to do good to His created beings. This pleasure begins in the world of Ein Sof and descends through all the worlds until the world of Assiya.
The upper light that wants to fill all the souls that descend from the world of Ein Sof through the worlds of Adam Kadmon, Atzilut, Beria, Yetzira, Assiya, and our world. In order to do so He needs to create a vessel for the light that the souls can be filled with because the light brings the pleasure the Creator wants to give them.
It is like a child who wants to enjoy only sweets, but his parents do not let him. This is how the Creator treats us. In order to determine the pleasure that He gives us, the Creator puts us through many different impressions.
We need to choose which fillings are correct in order to get closer to the Creator, to resemble Him, and to begin to see the world as He sees it: infinite and whole. In order to do so, we need to change our desires and our awareness.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 12/8/19
Answer: Why be aggressive? I don’t do that. I often hear various accusations, insults, and slights against kabbalists and Kabbalah from people. Well, what can you do with a person if they do not understand what you are talking about?
It is necessary to explain. This attitude is given to people by nature, so that you nonetheless gradually, patiently explain the essence of things to them, and by this you correct the world. You are dealing with selfishness that the Creator created. So understand who you’re working with.
I have patience. You can’t go anywhere. So gradually the world will be transformed. That’s why it is given to us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/19/20