“The Way We Die”
song of the Southern Bushmen
The day we die
the wind comes down
to take away
The wind makes dust
to cover up
the marks we left
the thing would seem
as if we were
Therefore the wind
is he who comes
to blow away
“Why does European civilization want so much to leave behind some kind of corporeal trace: things, cities, works of art, and books? Why is it important for us to be remembered? Why are we so afraid to disappear without a trace? But people who live in harmony with nature are not afraid. On the contrary, they say: ‘Our footprints should disappear.’
“Why does it happen like this? We really want to leave our monuments.”
Answer: Egoism! It is our egoism! It forces us to take care of ourselves, the immortal ones.
Question: Don’t we die after death?
Answer: Yes. If I could put up such a monument, a column, that would stand forever, I would not be afraid to die. That is, I continue to live through it. Everyone will see and know it, and they will not be able to destroy it even if they want to. The monument will be such that it will be eternal. And on it, on the pedestal, I will stand proudly!
Question: Don’t we even think that I will not be there, but a monument will be there? I will be there, right?
Answer: Yes, it means that I will be there. For a person, this is everything!
What else, my body? It is clear to me what will happen to it. However, to be depicted in stone like this, eternal, respected, and wise, this is anything but simple.
Question: Does it mean that egoism is indestructible? Both before death and after death. Is it something unimaginable?
Answer: Egoism is higher than death, it is a force of nature. It is against the Creator. There is the force of the Creator and egoism is against Him.
Question: So what chance do we have to become such “Bushmen”?
Answer: We alter our egoism, we change it.
Question: From what to what? From this eternal one?
Answer: Yes, we give it eternity. Do you want eternity? Be my guest. Do you want perfection? Not a problem. Fame? Anything you want. But to do that, you have to change.
Question: What should I turn into?
Answer: From the rejection of the other to the love of others. It is this process that a person must go through. Moreover, he, by himself, needs to understand it, go through it, and finish it.
Comment: But there are sparks of this understanding at the moment a person passes away. He understands that “I will not take this with me.” There are many different stories.
My Response: It is all literature. After all, a person remains with the idea that my actions will remain after me. Instead, he has to come to the idea that nothing is important to me, just to leave everything to others.
Comment: So, am I leaving so that everything remains to others? I do not need anything anymore. No monuments, nothing.
My Response: Nothing.
Comment: There was such a movie, it was called All Remains to People.
My Response: I wanted to say that too.
Comment: It was a socialist, communist movie. I even remember that Cherkasov was playing there.
My Response: Yes, Cherkasov. Such a noble man. In fact, ideally, the person should pass away like that.
Comment: As we know, this did not disappear together with communist ideas.
My Response: It is clear that it will not disappear because egoists were at the head of these ideas.
Question: And if we put a Kabbalistic meaning into it, what would it look like?
Answer: It would look like Kabbalah.
Question: What am I doing with this egoist in me?
Answer: I am converting him into an altruist.
Question: Why did it not work out there, but it will work out here?
Answer: First, we have already become disillusioned with all the previous “isms” and other theories. That is first. Secondly, we understand that otherwise we will not be able to exist.
We must understand that only in the correct connection between us, which will become the basic law of society, is our future.
Question: Where in this is the upper force that you talk about all the time?
Answer: It is in the fact that we create it ourselves by trying to connect. If it is not there, this upper force, then we have not made it.
Question: So we failed, and we have to try again and again?
Question: Until when?
Answer: Until you make it!
Question: How will I understand that I made it?
Answer: When you see that this connection works between you and others.
Question: How does it work then?
Answer: You will look at the others and see that everyone wishes happiness to each other. I think we still need a long time to come to this.
Question: But are we going toward this?
Answer: This does not depend on us.
Question: So, will this happen one way or another?
Answer: This will happen, this does not depend on us, but we will have to see this.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/29/23