Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Why are the Olympics used as a political stage?“
We have no need for the Olympic Games anymore because they have become a place where we pit man against man and country against country. They are no longer games of connection, but competition has become like war. This is evident both in the games themselves as well as in the politics surrounding the games.
It is one of the outcomes of the enormous growth of the human ego in our generation. Human development is characterized by a constant growth of desires, and the more we develop, the more egoistic we become.
When our egos were smaller, we were able to use the Olympics to set aside our disputes for a short period of time, to even put a temporary halt to wars, and engage in peaceful sports competition. We no longer approach the Olympics in such a way, nor as a means to raise the human spirit, to show the heights of what man can achieve beyond human limitations.
If we aim at overcoming our human limitations in a positive spirit, then we do not care who wins. We become mainly concerned with showing the world how great man can be.
We would thus be wise to consider how great we can truly become—the ultimate human achievement—and if we aim at it, then we would be able to enjoy positive relations in the Olympics and every area of our lives.
Internally, our peak achievement is to become like God. That is the ultimate breakthrough of our limitations, as becoming like God means becoming unlimited, eternal and perfect. As God is an all-loving and all-embracing quality, so by embracing everyone in a common love and care, then we become like God, and that is the most significant achievement we could ever achieve.
Based on the video “Sports vs. Politics” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Oren Levi. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.