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From My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 12/16/21
According to Reuters, “Australian scientists and artists are looking to hold the world accountable for the Earth’s future by creating an ‘indestructible’ storage device to record humanity’s handling of the climate change crisis.” The device, which they dubbed “Earth’s Black Box,” will record “every step that humanity takes towards or away from the impending climate catastrophe.”
I understand people’s need to leave something behind, and I can see why they think we are all going to die soon. But what are we going to show, how foolish we were? What have we got to show that will make future inhabitants of Earth avoid mistakes?
In my eyes, we need to focus on the here and now, on building our lives rather than documenting our deaths. After all, the only reason we are nearing extinction is our relentless drive to destroy each other, regardless of the fact that we are destroying the entire world in the process. If we only stopped trying to destroy each other, we would stop destroying the planet and everything would be fine.
Now, before we are gone, we should bring this truth to everyone’s awareness and start changing our relationships toward mutual support and improved connections. We can build solidarity among us, but we must first accept that it is necessary for our survival. Otherwise, our obstinate egos will not allow us to think of anyone but ourselves.
Even this initiative, which seems like a good idea, leads us in the wrong direction: away from thinking about connection and toward accepting an inevitable destruction. It is not inevitable; it will not happen if we focus on fostering solidarity rather than hostility.
We needn’t document the past; we need to build the future. We can build a beautiful future, but we can only build it together. If we build it for each other and not only for ourselves, everyone will be safe and sound, and there will be no climate catastrophe to document.
Scientists Build Indestructible Earth Black Box To Record Climate Change And Civilisation, 10 Dec 2021 Credit: Earth’s Black Box/Cover Images
There is an intermediate state between egoistic love for oneself and love for the Creator: love for one’s neighbor. And for this purpose the Creator created this vast world and us, gathered us into a group, into a ten, so that we could learn from our relationships with our own kind what hatred and love, unity and separation, quarrel and reconciliation are.
This is how we get a feeling of what it means to get closer and connect with a friend, and by this example we learn how to get closer to the Creator.
It turns out that our whole world, the whole reality in which we exist, is an exercise, a child’s game. It is written that this whole world is a game that we must use in order to prepare ourselves for a real relationship with the Creator.
Now we are beginning to gradually draw near to the relationship with the Creator and we will be able to see what to pay attention to in this game, how to delve into the game between us, so that we can then realize it in relation to the Creator.
There should be such reciprocity between us that we feel not ourselves and others but a common sense of connection, an interweaving in which it is impossible to separate one from the other and understand who is where. There is one common unity where there is no Creator and no creation, but there is one whole, like two drops merged into one. All personal feelings and ideas of everyone about themselves and others completely disappear. Only one remains, and that’s it.
We are not able to imagine it now because our entire arsenal of reason and feelings is built on the contrast of opposites. And here there are no opposites, only the attainment of unity, which is the ultimate goal of development.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/12/21, “Love for the Creator”
Michael Laitman, On Quora: “What is the reason behind the increase in natural disasters nowadays?“
When we observe natural disasters, we might be able to understand certain geological and ecological factors, but what is behind those factors? In other words, what is behind the world that we perceive around us?
We might say, “the laws of nature,” but that provides no complete answer.
Why, then, do natural disasters happen to begin with, and why are they on the rise in recent times?
Natural disasters result from our imbalance with nature. While the world and our universe abounds in inanimate matter and physical forces, qualitatively speaking, the inanimate level of existence is the lowest qualitative level in nature. The highest qualitative level is that of the human.
Balance or imbalance at the human level determines our balance or imbalance with nature. Therefore, the more our connections become imbalanced—where we relate to each other by increasingly prioritizing self-benefit over benefiting others, i.e. becoming more and more egoistic—the more we experience crises such as natural disasters.
We live in a globally interconnected, interdependent and closed system where we all influence each other. One of our problems is that we fail to feel the vast extent of our interdependence. Therefore, we need to first learn about our interdependence, and from an increasing understanding and feeling of our interdependence, start establishing new conducts among us: laws of cooperation, mutuality and reciprocal concessions on a worldwide scale. Until we wake up to the extent of our interdependence, then we will fail to reach the required balance in our connections that would balance us with nature. We can then expect natural disasters—together with several other crises—to continue increasing until we positively connect.
Hillel the Elder formulated the first step toward observing such laws: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” In other words, at the very least, take great care not to harm other people. Observing this condition is an initial step toward enacting the laws of cooperation and mutuality among each other. Therefore, while this condition still does not bring us into balance with each other and nature, it does put an end to our exploitation of each other and nature for evil purposes.
As agreeable as such a condition might sound, it is naive to think that it is possible for us to observe it off the bat. In order to observe such a condition, we need a new kind of education that focuses primarily on bringing us into balance with nature. We need to reach a feeling of our global interdependence, and currently, we are far from that.
The more we go through such education, the more we should reach a sensation of our interdependence—a sensation that should guide our prioritization of altruism and cooperation over egoism and exploitation. We would then be able to renounce myriad forms of exploitation that exist in our world today. That is the first step: the understanding that harming others boomerangs back to us, ultimately harming ourselves. Natural disasters are an example of that kind of indirect harm we bring to each other by failing to enter into balance with nature.
Based on the Daily Kabbalah Lesson with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on March 14, 2011. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
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Question: Tatiana writes to you: “Do I understand you correctly that everything began from a woman, that a woman caused a sin, and a woman must lead the world to correction?”
Answer: Right. I greatly rely on women because I believe that a woman can force a man to do what is needed in the family, in society, and in the world.
I hope that the era of women is gradually beginning. Women must demand a new world.
I think the next stage will be when women will stop giving birth altogether and will stop doing household chores. What they need is enough for them. And then the whole world will gradually begin to sink.
Question: Such a threat to the world should come from them?
Answer: This is not a threat to the world, but a threat to our state, our insane, savage civilization.
Question: Why? Do you pin all your hopes on a woman just because she gives birth to life?
Answer: I think that this is a great force in our world, which is still dormant. When women understand that the world is really going in the wrong direction and there is no other force except for them, they will be able to begin to relate to the world differently, and no one can stop them.
Question: And what is the main thing in their properties?
Answer: It is based on the fact that they feel that the world has no future. And they will not agree to that.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/4/21
New Life 1326 – Trust Between Parents And Children
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
Building children’s trust in their parents provides them with a firm foundation for confidence later in life. Trust must be taught by example through telling the truth, keeping one’s word, and cultivating love and respect within the family.
Sometimes a parent is faced with a dilemma and must choose between keeping their word and doing what is right. In such a case, it is necessary that the child understand and feel the dilemma they faced and the parents’ pain from breaking the trust between them and that the parents love for her or him was greater than their word. We are connected as if in a single body in which we can approach life together.
This summary is written and edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
From KabTV’s “New Life 1326 – Trust Between Parents And Children,” 12/5/21
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In our world, people are animals in the sense that like animals they do not have freewill.
The upper force (nature) controls us the same way as the entire animal world so we are no different from them. Now we are discovering it more, examining our genes, hormones, and psychology.
For example, we see how similar the fates of twins who grew up far from each other are—their habitat, children, and family—although they are not close by. That is, a person is determined from within, and even external conditions do not particularly change him. Everything is in us. Nature rules us and guides us through life.
It seems to us, like little children, that we are free. But children are constantly under the care of adults, we follow them all the time, but to them it seems like they are free. It is the same with us, we think that we are free because we are blind.
Question: Then, where does a person’s striving for music, poetry, or something sublime come from?
Answer: In the same way, animals sing, dance, and play with each other. It is just in a human it is more developed.
I am not saying that a person is not different from the animal level. He is different. He has fantasy and many additional properties. But it does not correspond to the concept of human in the sense that Kabbalah presupposes.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Centaurs” 1/15/10
Preparation to the Lesson
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Writings of Baal HaSulam, Shamati #127 “The Difference Between Core, Self, and Added Abundance”
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Lesson on the Topic: “Love for the Creator”
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