In the News (News European Parliament): “Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items… .
“Member states will have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, and plastic bottles will have to contain at least 25% of recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
“The agreement also strengthens the application of the polluter pays principle…by introducing extended responsibility for producers. This new regime will also apply to fishing gear, to ensure that manufacturers, and not fishermen, bear the costs of collecting nets lost at sea. …
“According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by this new law constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow rate of decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain.”
Question: Do you think it is possible to stop this damage with such a ban?
Answer: I do not know, and what will replace it? How do we get rid of all these plastic bags etc.?
Question: Why is it that something that is made to be so convenient is almost always harmful?
Answer: Anything that does not come in its pure form from nature is always harmful.
Question: Are you saying that all technological progress is harmful?
Answer: Of course! We still need to learn and understand all this.
Question: All this path of technological progress, technical revolutions, and all the Nobel Prizes received for them, did that harm humanity?
Answer: All of it! Everything is only in order to realize the evil in it.
Until a person correctly understands why he needs something, do not put anything in his hands! Not a little thing, not an atomic bomb.
Our whole life is only to neutralize all possible negative effects of this progress on us. We are only engaged in neutralizing its negative consequences.
All our progress is just to allow us to act egoistically as we please, to act egoistically and at the same time without suffering.
Question: When is this technological progress useful and necessary?
Answer: Only to the extent that it helps us to be in greater closeness to one another.
We have no idea where our egoism drives us when we are engaged only in it. Everything that comes from it is ultimately harmful, and in the end, it will have to be stopped. I am not in favor of suddenly giving up everything. I am talking about the general course of humanity.
Do not give up on anything. Only treat nature correctly. When you can act according to the laws of connection, kindness, love, and so on, then do it. Everything else, put aside. You will see how everything presents a different picture.
I am for reasonable progress, which consists of combining the egoistic and altruistic principles of nature and their acting together. Both the left and the right line are needed. But there must be a middle line that drives them forward.
Question: And then based on this, will the resulting process be correct? Precisely from this connection?
Answer: Yes. But somewhere on the way we jumped off this correct attitude toward nature and started a single-sided development: only for the sake of egoism.
And that is why we ruined not only ecology, but also humans.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/8/21