Erich Maria Remarque Was Wrong

565.02The strongest feeling is disappointment. Not grudge, not jealousy, and not even hatred. After them, at least something remains in the soul. After disappointment—emptiness (Erich Maria Remarque).

Question:  In general, disappointment occurs after strong hope. How can one not to be disappointed if everything is in vain? How? A person will be disappointed, right?

Answer: That is correct. It is after this great, all-encompassing disappointment that the correct attitude toward life emerges. When you do not look at it as “what else I need to take from it” but “what can I give?”

Question: This is a complete revolution. You are overturning your nature. That is, disappointment is a direct blow to my egoistic nature? And this, you are saying, is very good?

Answer: Yes. Directed against one’s egoism, the real one.

Question: Then what is my step? I am utterly disappointed; what is my step?

Answer: I am no longer disappointed. I am already disappointed, I have already parted with disappointment itself. What do I have left? Nothing. Only to be in the same state as the Creator. Meaning, to give everything, to return everything, to pay off everything, to be empty, absolutely free.

Question: This is what you called a state of bestowal?

Answer: Yes. And after that, if you are lucky, you could think about how to engage in bestowal in order to ask the Creator and give without any expectations, selflessly, pure bestowal. Why, for what purpose?

There is no answer to that. And to whom, there is no answer. Just like that, “send your bread upon the waters.”

Question: And is this true freedom?

Answer: Yes. There is no better state than this!
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 8/24/23

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