Income Growth for Every Third Inhabitant of the Planet
Comment: The largest trade agreement in history was forged between 15 countries during the pandemic. The main goal of the RCEP is to smooth the path of trade among the 15 Asia-Pacific nations and eventually pave the way for a comprehensive free-trade zone, in the style of the European Union or the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a trade pact between 15 nations in the Asia-Pacific region. In total it covers more than 2 billion people — about 30% of the world’s population. It promises income growth to every third inhabitant of the planet and gives hope for the revival of world trade and cooperation. The agreement united China and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, and South Korea.
The agreement allows trading partners in Asia to gain access to each other’s markets, reduces duties on goods, and improves living standards, especially for the poorest countries in the region.
Why not live like this? They set noble goals, however egoistic, but nevertheless, to provide income for people who are poor today, having nothing.
Answer: Yes, of course, people live badly there.
Question: Why do all the leaders not rise above their pride, join one union, and start slowly reviving our world, which is falling economically all the time?
Answer: I do not think it is possible. I do not even hope that they will have it all as rosy as they write. Someone has to win at the expense of someone who loses.
This is our world! Therefore, agreements are agreements, but then politics comes into play, petty egoism, and that is it.
Question: So, will we not be able to live normally in this world?
Answer: No. We will not. And these good impulses, they are all not really good. The point is, at the expense of what will they win? At the expense of whom will they win?
Question: Do you think one way or another, I have to suppress someone?
Answer: Our world is created this way.
Comment: They say that these are equal agreements.
My Response: That is what they always say: mutually beneficial conditions, mutual trade, and the welfare of nations.
Question: Tell me, please which union will work?
Answer: The one that has a different goal: to lead people to unity, to rise above themselves, above their egoism, above their nature. Otherwise, nothing will work.
Question: So, my goal, that I want to give welfare to a third or half of the world’s population, to the whole world, will not work anyway?
Question: Should there be a goal for the people of the world to be able to unite?
Answer: Yes. Such a goal is in a state of good balance with the global force of nature, with the general development of mankind. Then, of course, it will work.
Question: Can you imagine leaders who say: “We are now uniting in order to…”?
Answer: They will explain that there is no reception against scrap, one cannot stand against nature. It turns out that going against this basic law of nature is like stepping back on some kind of rake. From this side or from a different side, under some other pretexts, it does not matter.
Question: So if people do not change, will they be like wolves to one another or be in competition with one another?
Answer: They are initially wolves. And they will not cover it with some good external affairs. This will come out and lead them to something bigger, perhaps, war among themselves.
Question: You are saying, if we are wolves, then we cannot achieve anything in this world?
Answer: Nothing. Only by suppressing each other, only by towering one above the other. We must play on our egoism.
Question: Whom does the wolf have to become for everything to happen? So that everything will be fine?
Answer: He must understand his wolf’s nature and also understand that in our time we cannot act in any other way but to become aware of our nature, and together, gradually counter it. It is not easy, but at least we must admit it.
Question: What would you advise these leaders in such a situation, in this world? If they were listening to you, what would you say? Start with yourselves?
Answer: Yes, start with yourself. Explain to each other, and write a general memorandum of your intentions and how you expect them to come true. This is possible only if you move alongside the development of nature so that your development coincides with its development.
We see how for millions of years, with humanity it has been for thousands of years, nature develops us egotistically and at the same time creates such conditions that we are obliged to somehow cope with this egoism, to balance it. And if not, then by war.
So, we have no choice but to first understand our nature, what state we are in, and what should be the path of our development—to realize that there must be a rapprochement between us above egoism.
Question: Is this your advice to leaders?
Answer: Yes. To admit that we are all egoists. It is not that hard. But the fact that we must work on it and get closer to each other is already a problem. How can we see ourselves rising above egoism and acting despite it? How can we weaken the egoistic ties between us and replace them with some altruistic ties, equal, which are based on mutual understanding, on mutual rapprochement? This is not easy.
Question: Would the law of mutual guarantee, which we are talking about, suit them? Can this be included in the memorandum?
Answer: In principle, it is implied that we will act in mutual assistance.
Question: Mutual assistance to what?
Answer: Economic mutual assistance, which stipulates global development, so that there is no one at the expense of others anywhere so that no one suppresses one another.
And how is this possible if we are in a closed space, in a closed world? We must initially define for ourselves the norms of our behavior, each relative to all. That is, it is like a group of 15 people who must work out some kind of system to come closer to each other.
Question: And if they decided to build some kind of common territory in which everyone will, in general, be happy with this connection, then should they follow these laws?
Answer: They must develop the population. They must explain to the population that the future of the world is in the good connection between people, otherwise there will be war, and in our time it can destroy them in a second.
A good connection is necessary in order not to lead these 15 countries to a fierce war, in which they have already been each in their own way, but now it can explode in general. So, this commonwealth will split into many different small communities that will start fighting among themselves, pulling the blanket, and that will be the end of it.
Comment: That is, this is the aspiration for a good connection.
My Response: Who will lead this good connection? Who will promote it, who understands what this kind of connection means? Who will counteract the egoistic individual politicians, each of whom, in turn, wants to climb above everyone and sit on everyone’s heads? This is the nature of our world. Who leads these countries? The biggest egoists.
Therefore, I do not know. Personally, I look at all this, just so it will not all explode.
If they do not follow the path of proper education of the population of their 15 countries, then in the end they will see how angry they are at each other, how much their inner egoism does not allow them to be in connection, even slightly, with each other, and eventually a trade war, a political war, will begin, and then the real war.
Question: So there is only one way—education?
Answer: Only education, changing a person.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 1/3/22
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