Question: In childhood, playing is the most normal state of growth. And we help children with this: we give them construction kits, puzzles, and suggest all kinds of games. The children play and develop.
Then games slowly disappear from life. I wanted to ask you: what about adults? Should we have games in our lives?
Answer: We must continue to play throughout our lives. If a person does not play, he does not grow, even at 30, at 40, at 50.
Comment: But I have grown up, I am already an adult. I acquired knowledge, a profession.
My Response: So, this is also a game because you are playing someone else, who you want to be. And when a person stops playing, he simply serves his body. He starts to turn back from the level of man to the level of an animal. And this is where a person’s life ends. For some years he will still live in the form of an animal serving his body. And that is all.
Question: Why do people think that playing is a child’s thing? When a person says that he is playing, he is talking about something invented.
Answer: Of course, an invention. I make it up. What does it mean to dare? It is playing something bigger, greater; all of this is aspiration, impulses. Like children, at whatever they play, they want to get better. Our game should be natural as well, but we have lost it.
In adolescence, a person is already given everything, does not require anything, and he stops playing.
Question: So this is the basis of all depressions, drugs, and so on? People stop playing?
Answer: Life does not force one to play.
Question: Should life force you to play?
Answer: “What is our life? A game!” Just a different one!
I really check myself and evaluate: Is there any desire in me to stand still? I would like at the last minute to aspire—pump! And that is all. It is all good.
Question: In this year of the pandemic, is the game a way out of the state humanity is in now? It is at a dead end, in reflection.
Answer: Of course. We must play the state that we wish to achieve. As Kozma Prutkov said: “If you want to be happy, be so.” This is very true.
Question: What game should we play now? Now, in this foggy time?
Answer: We must play at friendship and love. What else is there in a person? When this disappears, life no longer has taste.
Question: So this is the main game? All the time?
Answer: Of course. Flirting with life.
Question: And when you say “friendship and love,” is it to one another, to someone close, distant, to the world? You put everything there?
Answer: Of course, that is all. There should be movement.
Question: But if this is a game and I internally understand that I do not treat another that way?
Answer: It doesn’t matter. Even if I do it on purpose, I may not initially treat him that way, and then I create.
Question: I create this game world: I do not treat him that way, but I want to love him all the time, I want to be friends with him. And then this world appears at this level. Am I entering it? Does it happen?
Answer: What you want to happen will happen.
Question: Is our main game the game of friendship and love?
Answer: Yes. Let’s not call it friendship and love. It is too childish. Only good connections between us, mutual assistance, feeling the need for good relations can lead us to a new world. Otherwise, there is nothing.
The new world is a new society where I will increasingly feel that my physical and mental health depends on everyone around me and theirs on mine. And we are constantly so much included in each other that it is impossible to tear one apart from the other.
I must realize that there is such a law of nature, a very strict law, that my attitude toward others determines their attitude toward me. This is so strange for us. But if we really try, then of course, we will gradually see that the world depends only on our attitude toward it and it will change for the better. That is, you design your world.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 1/4/21