Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Who benefits from terrorism?“
Terrorism benefits no one, including the terror organizations themselves. It elicits a negative reaction from humanity, and even though in a short-term perspective, it appears as if terror organizations can make some gains for their purposes, nonetheless the fear of their influence eventually works to their detriment, and thus by inflicting terror, they themselves end up suffering.
In addition, when considering terror organizations from the vantage point of nature’s and humanity’s oneness—where we are all globally interconnected and interdependent, and every person, group and nation carries out a certain role in humanity—then those who inflict harm on innocent people actually inflict harm on their own role in the world. For this reason, nature will punish them first.
No terror organization has ever achieved any lasting success. When viewing such organizations and their actions from a longer-term perspective, we see that they essentially invite fatal harm to themselves. I thus pity them. In a narrow short-term view, they fail to see this. They think that terrorism can save them and draw positive attention, but the longer timespan reveals terrorism as self-harming.
When the extent of our interconnectedness and interdependence becomes revealed, these organizations will understand how they inflict harm upon themselves.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.