Searching For A Reference Point

592.04Comment: A strong politician will say that he always stands up for the weak, the less fortunate. All election campaigns are based on this. And when he comes to power, he quickly forgets about it.

My Response: This is natural. Where have you seen politicians who care about the masses? A politician is also an egoist, only bigger. Until he reaches the top of the pyramid of power, he must destroy and trample over hundreds of people, and only then does he become president or head of government.

Therefore, it is impossible to demand some kind of pity for the masses from them. They do not have a single thought about it. They think only in terms of government strength, power, and money. This is how they are; otherwise, they would not be at the top. It is naive to expect any benefits from them.

Of course, they will do something for the masses but as a populist method, nothing more. They use these techniques to improve their ratings. Politicians will give up everything for power. Neither spending money nor losing one’s good name will stop them, nothing. The main thing is to attain power. Someone wants to achieve some scientific discoveries and only that is important for him. For someone else neither politics nor a good opinion of oneself is important, only money. Everyone has their own goal. And everyone achieves what he wants as much as possible.

But the fact is that our constantly developing egoism leads us to a state where we do not receive fulfillment from our desires and achievements. I strive for money. Why? To feel confident, fulfilled. It does not happen! I strive for knowledge. And what do I need it for? I acquire it and I remain empty. I achieve power and suddenly I find that it does not give me anything but emptiness.

It is obvious today that no matter which desires I realize, I remain empty. What can we do?

And here lies the problem in the social pyramid: the top disappears. People used to strive for this top, but now this striving has disappeared. Today, the elite feels that they have nothing. Today, you do not see rulers who can say: “I know how to steer the future and I must show it to you, I must.” There is no such thing. There are no people or parties who would say: “There is such a party! Let’s go!”

Some key point is lost. Earlier, egoism developed from small to large, from large to even larger and larger, and this built some kind of a line, a reference point. And today, egoism has reached a dead end; it does not show us anything. On the contrary, we find that there is nowhere to go. And we do not find bigger desires than the ones have today. Desire for what? Consume something? And what will I consume, the whole world?

A person discovers the limitation of his egoism and then he begins to fuss: “What to do next?” He has nothing left but antidepressants and drugs.

And at this very last stage, in this feeling of emptiness, a desire arises for the next level of development, a higher one, the realm we have not yet existed in. We must reach the next level of development. And this is a new desire, not our egoistic past, but a new property with which we will live in a dimension above egoism.

This is now beginning to manifest itself in people, and they come to the science of Kabbalah that helps them reveal that part of the world that exists around us but is hidden.

Question: So, suffering is good?

Answer: It is not that suffering is good, but it gives us the opportunity to rise above egoism as the cause of suffering. It allows us to get out of trouble. If I see that something is causing me suffering, I begin to hate it and I try to push myself away from it.

We are at such a stage of development today when we will gradually begin to perceive our egoism as evil. Another state will come when people will realize: “If we do not unite, we will destroy each other.”
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Hope for Peace” 9/9/09″

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