But according the the World Literacy Foundation: “Reading is found to decrease blood pressure, lower heart rate, and reduce stress to significant degrees. According to a 2009 study at the University of Sussex, stress is reduced up to 68% just by reading! Only six minutes of reading can slow down the heart rate and improve overall health! It calms the mind and relaxes the body. This will not only help prevent potential conditions caused by stress, but will also set a person up with a clearer mind.”
My Response: I think that reading allows a person to deepen himself, to examine himself in relation to what he is reading, to develop internally. But for the new generation, this is unrealistic.
They will not read. They cannot. We have left them such an environment that kills them completely. This is clip-thinking, only these tik toks and so on. All of this, of course, simply kills the person within a person.
Question: So where is this leading us?
Answer: Through evil, we always come to something, to the realization of evil.
Comment: But you say that we will practically not read any more.
My Response: There will be other books, other things to read. There will be more questions, more answers, more of something purposeful in nature. These will not be volumes of solid text like we used to read. I remember how I would go to the library in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and other grades: I would take three or four volumes home and read them. You return them, take the next three or four volumes, and so on.
Comment: Reading was introduced in your home was the main thing.
My Response: That is all, this is the main thing. Where else can you draw anything from?
Comment: I see that you have gone through a lot of literature and not only technical.
My Response: Mostly what was available, that is, world classics. That was all we had of course.
Question: And if we still take on and develop children today, teach them to read?
Answer: I don’t know. They would be very disconnected from modern life, from their peers.
Question: So you do not especially advise this to push the child to read?
Answer: No. Society, the environment, still shapes a person. It is just that these children grow up in such times and they should exist in it.
Question: So you cannot say it is bad or that it is good?
Answer: You cannot take them to the jungle. That is how it will seem to them with all these writers. Imagine taking them back 50 years.
Question: To read there? When they read?
Answer: In general: in culture, in communication, in all that they get from books. Therefore, they are now detached from books because of the previous society, like another language. I believe that everything will be fine and there is nothing for us to worry about. It is none of our business.
Question: Is this how nature leads and develops?
Answer: Yes, of course.
Question: What does it lead us to as a result of this generation?
Answer: Each generation grows up in the environment that generated it and shaped it, and it should develop in this way. Do not disturb it. It is just that there are a few “dinosaurs” left in the modern generation and they are preventing the modern generation from living a normal life.
Comments: And they point out: read, read, only read.
Question: What is education then?
Answer: It is if you, along with what they know and have learned from their social networks and so on, give them an educational program: that there is a special mechanism in the world, nature, that still guides us and leads us somewhere. It would be good for us to master this mechanism. We cannot get away from it, we exist in it.
There is a science that talks about how this mechanism works and how you can master it. You cannot change it, but finding out how to adapt to its nature, learning its algorithm and how to interact with this mechanism is good. It is useful.
Question: Is this what education will be like—to interest them in the study of nature?
Answer: Yes. Today, we have more and more such questions that we dismiss because we cannot do anything about them. So, to find out why, how, for what reason nature does something to us and what we can do about it ourselves, what is in our power—this can be learned only from those states that we find in the science of Kabbalah and nowhere else. This, I think, they should add to today’s worldview.
Question: So you think that this science will come to life one way or another, sooner or later?
Answer: Instead of all the millions of volumes and everything that humanity has collected, accumulated, discovered, written, and designed for us, we need only one science—the science of Kabbalah to learn what nature wants to do with us, how it affects us, and how we can respond to it correctly, adequately, all in order to achieve pleasure, to achieve happiness, knowledge, cognition, and live our years in this state as fruitful as possible.
Each generation requires a different approach to the world.
Question: And this generation will demand the science of Kabbalah?
Answer: I hope so. I hope that this generation will not fall into a trap, will not lose itself and wake up after a couple of generations. And so that already today we will begin to understand the plan of nature regarding us.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/04/21