In the News (CityinFocus): “In December of 2012, Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Spain. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai (bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics). Close to the finish line, Iván saw Abel–certain to be the winner of the race–pull up about 10 meters before the finish line. He had become confused by the signage and stopped, thinking he had already completed the race.
“Iván was right behind him and, realizing what was happening, started shouting at the Kenyan to continue running, but Abel didn’t understand Spanish. Realizing what was taking place, Iván approached Abel and gently pushed him forward to victory.
“When a journalist asked Iván, ‘Why did you do that?’ he replied, ‘My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.’ The journalist insisted, ‘But why did you let the Kenyan win?’ Iván responded, ‘I didn’t let him win; he was going to win. The race was his.’ The journalist again said, ‘But you could have won!’ Iván looked at him and replied, ‘But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honour in that medal? What would my mother think of that?’ The world has made Iván a hero, pointing to him as an icon of sportsmanship.
Answer: This is some answer! That is, his mother apparently is a mother who would shame him for not doing this. This is upbringing.
Question: The shame that someone feels, is it good?
Answer: It means a lot, of course. Moreover, it involves his mom.
Comment: This was almost the main factor for him, apparently.
My Response: Yes. If the Olympic athlete says so it is great!
Question: Why don’t we live like this? So, I read this, and I immediately have such a warm feeling.
Answer: Of course! This man showed the real Man within.
Comment: This is sport!
My Response: Yes, undoubtedly! Not what we have today: dope, cheating, anything to win.
Question: So, do you think that a huge degradation has happened since 2012?
Answer: It happened of course. But still, you see, there are people who cannot go for it.
Question: Why does a person not adjust himself to live like this? Why doesn’t humanity come to this?
Answer: A person should still receive satisfaction even from this. We are not talking about him going by faith above reason, about bestowing against his nature, and so on. But within his nature, through education, he can make it so that he cannot steal, he cannot betray, he cannot do something that is against people, against others. Education means a lot.
Question: Do you think that education can achieve this?
Answer: Not in the form that we talk about in Kabbalah, but it is possible. At least universal human values can be achieved by education.
Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, does this spark of goodness and bestowal exist in a person? Is it there or not?
Answer: Every person has it. Everyone! Absolutely! It all depends only on the style of upbringing and the intensity of upbringing, the ability to educate, etc. so that it would be possible to instill bestowal above reception in a person, so that he could even give his life for the life of another.
These are not spiritual qualities yet, but this is something that would, of course, be incomparably better, some indicators in human society in comparison with what we have today.
Today everything is directed only at me, someone beloved, dear, and unique—by all means
Question: And what does education lead to in Kabbalah? For this spark to turn to fire?
Answer: In Kabbalah, this is very specific. That is, it is necessary to convince a person that it is impossible to live differently because everything is programmed by nature. And after that, to explain to him where to get this supernatural force of nature, which must replace his egoism.
Comment: That is, instead of living for yourself, live for others. You can find it only outside yourself. You will not find it in yourself.
My Response: You cannot find it. And education will not help here. Education works at human level, but this is above human.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/5/21