My Response: It’s interesting because everything is developing very rapidly. “Sad for contemporary man” depends on for whom.
Question: It says that in addition to all the troubles, wars, and natural disasters, long-term friendship is collapsing, a brother stops calling his sister, children stop calling their parents, parents curse children.
Eighty years ago, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a former member of the resistance executed by the Nazis, wrote from prison and quoted the lyrics from a song by Hugo Wolf, “Over night, over night, joy and sorrow come, and sooner than you thought, they both leave you, and go to tell the Lord how you have borne them.”
How should we accept joy and sadness today? And maybe further about how should we accept sadness?
Answer: ”Blessed is he who has visited this world in its fateful moments.” But we live in a very intense era.
Comment: Yes, we don’t stop at any news. It’s different the next day.
My Response: I’m following it more or less. I am interested in how external actions affect people’s internal states, and how people change from this.
Comment: How it affects us is more or less visible. A dead end like this is approaching for people.
My Response: People can’t figure it out. They can’t in any way. There are very few true thoughts. They can’t put this together.
Comment: But all the same, humanity is sad mainly from everything that is to come, from hunger…
My Response: If there used to be some banner, slogan, future, or hope waving over everyone, today there is no hope for the future. Today the hope is only to live a good day, or at least if not very well, not very bad either.
Comment: Preferably with no scary news.
My Response: Yes. And to continue existing this way.
Question: How does a person accept this sadness that you are talking about? This pastor here said that all this goes to God and He looks at how you accepted it, so to say.
Answer: I would not say that all this goes to God. I would say that all this comes from God. Are we the builders of our spiritual future?
Comment: No, the Creator is building it.
My Response: Of course!
Question: So how do you accept sadness?
Answer: I think the whole problem is that we do not know the purpose of our creation; we do not imagine it in an explicit, clear form, but rather as in an unfocused lens, we see everything in such a fog, and it depresses us.
That’s what sadness is. After all, we don’t know how, or what, or for what, or in the name of what, which is the most important thing. For what purpose do some of the smallest events in our lives happen?
Question: And what if we knew in the name of what this is happening?
Answer: If we knew for what sake, the world would be different. We would immediately add more light and color to it inside ourselves.
Question: What is all this about? The biggest and smallest sorrows, what are they for? To add some light, maybe. Will it maybe work out somehow?
Answer: We can’t go into a sharper color state from this grayish and kind of blunt state. We cannot move from one of these states to another more elevated state if we do not reveal in ourselves all these colors and all these right attitudes to ourselves, to others, to the world, and to the Creator, who generally supplies us with all this.
The most important thing is, of course, to display the right position. Or what’s it called in the movies? To build a mise en scene. To see all this correctly, so that everything complements everything else and it becomes clear how it should exist.
Question: But still, what makes this black-and-white movie colored?
Answer: Only the attitude of a person.
Question: And what should blossom in me? What should light up suddenly?
Answer: When I realize that any events that surround me are necessary; they are mutually dependent. And if I relate them to the purpose of creation, then I will be able to focus them and assemble this whole picture so that it becomes one. What am I missing? It’s like in a kaleidoscope when the mosaic is assembled into the right picture.
Comment: In the meantime, I see fragmentarily, everything separately.
My Response: You can’t understand anything. You don’t understand anything, and therefore this is the main thing: that we don’t see the point in anything. When it all comes together, it makes sense. This is the most important thing. The meaning is always good.
Question: Why should all these fragments, all these broken pieces of glass, come together? In what picture? What’s all this about?
Answer: For me to rush to myself, to reveal the “I” itself.
Question: And what is it like?
Answer: It strives to direct everything that is revealed to me toward unity and connection so that I can form the image of the Creator out of everything.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/2/22