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Whom To Leave Billions?

laitman_600.01Remark: The ten richest people in the world are not going to leave their fortune to their children.

My Comment: The custom of leaving possessions to the next generation has become outdated. People understand that it does not give children any happiness.

That is, a child has to be given a good education, and a minimal, normal right to exist, slightly above average. But no more than that. That way the child will make efforts to achieve more. He will also learn to save himself and his family in order to protect himself from all problems. Without this, one will be all over the place and will not know what to do and where to hurry.

It corrupts people. By the way, the Torah says that a father should not tell his son about his wealth and that it will go to his son.

Question: What about the fact that rich people leave their millions to charities?

Answer:  Where else could it be left? People will donate to research and for the ecology, and little by little it will all be gone. There will be all kinds of organizations that will advise about how to divide one’s money, dissolve it in parts, and that is all.

Question: Is giving everything to charities a selfish act? Some people have earned a lot of money.

Answer: Yes, they earned the money, but now, at the end of their lives, they understand that this money cannot be taken with them, that nothing can be done, and no one is eternal. They hope that in this way they will nevertheless leave their name and themselves with humanity. This is some kind of redemption.

Remark: There is a word: “to perpetuate.”

My Comment: Perpetuate, yes. But I do not envy them. If they still hope that this will proved them with some service after they have already parted with this life, then, of course….

Question: It does not serve them? What would serve then?

Answer: I do not want to talk about this. Let them leave their money to charities.🙂

A man has nothing left! Absolutely nothing but good deeds. Good deeds are only in being able to push this world to unite. That is all, just this!

Only this can somehow really be recorded in a person’s soul. When man engages in uniting the world, he engages with his soul, with his inner property. Therefore it remains in him, and death has no power over it.

Question: What kind of action is for the unification of the world?

Answer: It is a mutual desire of people to help each other, even at the earthly level. The most important thing is uniting to reveal the higher mind, the highest property, the highest power, the Creator, the property of love and bestowal.

If they will direct people to this, then it will in fact remain with them and it will be their eternal great contribution to the development of their own souls.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman,” 3/19/19

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Spiritual Screen And Money

laitman_232.06Comment: In our world, money determines and controls everything.

My Comment: In the spiritual world, money also controls everything.

“Money,” in Hebrew “Kesef,” comes from the word “Kisuf,” which means “covering.” In Hebrew the names of objects and phenomena are given for a reason and come from the content, the properties from which they derive.

To the extent that you can cover egoism with the quality of bestowal and love, the egoistic quality of reception turns into the quality of bestowal. This is how you earn spiritual capital, that is, reveal the Light.

Therefore, the spiritual screen is also called “Kisuf” (“Kesef”), as is money in everyday life. Of course, people do not know where it came from, but Hebrew is a Kabbalistic language.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/25/18

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Does Wealth And Poverty Interfere With Kabbalah?

laitman_566.02Question: You once said that the Creator gives wealth in order to distance Himself. But poverty also alienates people from spirituality because all strength and thoughts go to feeding themselves and their families. Do wealth and poverty interfere with Kabbalah?

Answer: No. Everything depends on how a person, despite wealth or poverty, relates himself to the highest governance, realizing that the Creator gives him exactly what is necessary for his soul. Even if I do not understand why He gives me conditions such as wealth or poverty, which in principle hinder me in my smooth movement toward the goal, I justify it because I received it from the Creator. Moreover, probably, from the point of view of the root of my soul, it is justified, natural, and absolutely balanced.

Question: So, such an understanding helps me steer away from constant thoughts of where to get money?

Answer: No, I also regard this as a spiritual work.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/25/18

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The Rich Cry

Laitman_421.01In the News (Bloomberg): “The World’s Richest People Lost $511 Billion in 2018,” “The richest people on Earth lost $511 billion this year after record first-half gains were obliterated by a succession of bruising market selloffs.

My Comment: The fact is that they must understand whether they have an opportunity to hinder the progress of people. The more you present people with new toys for mutual connection, for their fulfillment, for any information, etc., the more they become picky and selective.

They are no longer interested in Facebook as it is. They simply cannot look at ads. People are so fed up with it that they even cannot be thrust on children.

That is, everything that the rich have made during the past 20 years is starting to work less and less. Despite all their sophistication, it passes. The period of egoistic accumulation will have to rot itself.

Humanity is still developing. Therefore, I see that the time will come, and very quickly, when these dollars they accumulated will have no value and there will no longer be an opportunity to earn money.

I think people will generally strive for greater simplicity. They will want to sit on the grass, drink a little, have a snack, listen to normal music, the chirping of birds, and the laughter of children running around. They will want something very close and pleasant to the heart, and not to bother their heads, brains, soul, and feelings with something very artificial.

I hope it will be this way.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 12/25/18

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Why Is Coca-Cola More Accessible Than Water?

laitman_547.05Question: Why is a can of cold Coca-Cola more accessible than a glass of fresh water?

Answer: Coca-Cola is closer, more affordable, and more available to us than a glass of good pure water because someone profits from it.

Again, the egoism of a person, of a manufacturing company, pushes it to make its product more accessible to all. It cannot earn as much from a glass of water as from a can of Coca-Cola, so Coca-Cola promotes itself to make money from us.

However, if by means of planetary awareness, we realize what is useful for us, we use only good things for us and despise the rest, if we eliminate everything we do not need and use only necessary things, then of course, during the life of one generation, we would be able to raise a generation that would be disgusted with Coca-Cola and all sorts of unhealthy foods, endless sweets, etc.

Then, we will bring up a new, healthy generation without genetic food and without such poisons as Coca-Cola and such.

After all, if egoism disappears from the world, then no one will benefit from making poisonous foods. No one would feel any benefit from it. On the contrary, society should condemn all those companies that act this way. Society must take care to protect all its members from the distribution of poisonous food.

But since we do not love each other, we do not care about each other’s health. As a result, of course, there are those who sell poisons, advertise poisons, and there are those who under the influence of this advertisement begin to buy them, use them—they take this poison.

Our egoism pushes us to all bad things. Until we restrain it, we will drink poisons and will not achieve a healthy life.
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The Round Table Of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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“Millennials: Redefining The Rules Of The Economy” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Millennials: Redefining the Rules of the Economy

As a new year approaches, an atmosphere of increased consumerism envelops societies across the globe. However, there is a generational stratum that is spoiling the commercial hoopla: the millennials.

Getting a new car, a new house and a new partner are common New Year’s resolutions. None of these goals, however, impress the millennial generation born between 1981 and 1996. They have been the subject of intensive scrutiny by economists and analysts in efforts to interpret their financial priorities and mindset.

Why is this so important to economists? It is because millennials, estimated at around 80 million people in the US alone, are projected to surpass baby boomers as America’s largest generation. The millennials were expected to consume more and contribute more to the economy than the baby boomers, but it’s not happening and analysts want to know why. Are the non-capitalistic choices of this group to blame for destroying the economy? Or are their modest spending patterns the product of a merciless economy inflicted on Americans for years under the control of the elites?

A new study by the Federal Reserve Board revealed that in comparison to previous generations, at the same age, millennials have lower income and less wealth than their predecessors. Being born and raised in an era when capitalism was out of control, in which the strong preyed upon the weak, they found themselves hopelessly in debt from financing their university education, making it practically impossible to afford independent living even at a minimum level, let alone buying a new house. However, experts and leaders point blaming fingers at them for their limited spending and its “negative effects” on the economy.

Millennials were expected to consume and participate in the labor market at least as much as their parents, if not more. They were supposed to believe in the American dream, just like their parents. But they have lost hope and trust in the current economic system, while experiencing the highest levels of anxiety and depression on record.

However, instead of addressing the root of the problem, the economic establishment and the media (which is at the service of the elites) are disgruntled that they cannot extort the children, the millennials, the way they managed to extort their parents.

Tomorrow, the world will continue to try and follow the same outdated financial patterns. The elites will continue to maintain the traditional economy that encourages consumption and concentrates capital under the control of a handful of tycoons. Feeling deprived and frustrated, more and more people will demand social justice. They are likely to replace leaders, call for the limitation of salaries of elected officials, demand the lowering of VAT (value-added tax) on basic goods, and a freeze in tax increases for the lower and middle classes.

The future is not far off when the world will look quite different: an industrial-technological revolution will make giant steps toward mass automation, throwing much of the workforce out of the labor market and locking the gates behind them. When there is no work, there are no salaries, and when there are no salaries there’s no money to spend, and when there is no money to spend, non-essential products aren’t purchased, and since a major amount of what we presently consume are non-essential products, then the domino effect continues as the businesses tied to these products also fall.

Under circumstances like these, what will the unemployed masses do? Will this scenario open a valve of frustration and rage into the streets? Are the recent violent riots in France just a small taste of what’s in store? While this may not happen tomorrow, what will day after tomorrow bring?

It is both possible and necessary to prepare ourselves now for the coming future. Accordingly, we must plan to prevent undesirable future chaos by ensuring that every citizen receives a basic income sufficient to live in dignity. However, alongside fulfilling physical needs, we must also calm the spirit and fulfill the soul. In the face of these huge systematic changes in society, a newly-tailored educational system is crucial to help disoriented citizens reorganize their values and priorities. The goal of such education is to guide people to positive and balanced relationships through a clear understanding of the global integral system in which we live.

The expectation that money can provide a sense of security will disappear as the crisis worsens. Therefore, we must educate ourselves in how to build a society that provides a person with the kind of security found in a loving family. Instead of nurturing predatory competition that puts us in a constant race of survival, we will develop humane competition that drives us all to contribute as much as we can to social cohesion. Instead of engaging in jobs that exact a heavy psychological price to the benefit of corporation owners, we will turn to creative and social occupations that serve the majority in a new whole new concept of work.

Instead of judging people by how much they earn, we will measure each other according to our contributions to society. Instead of working around the clock and barely spending time with our children, our time will be spent building tight family units. Instead of an advertising industry that drives us to compulsive consumption of pointless products, we will learn to live happily and sustainably. Instead of marketing propaganda that sells well-packaged material illusions, the media will help us see that happiness lies in positive social relations.

Of course, none of this will happen tomorrow morning, but today we can begin this gradual and ongoing educational process. Unlike anything we have known before, such a transformation of society cannot come through coercion and oppression. Instead, it is a process of building new values in society and upgrading public awareness so that we start balancing ourselves with the constantly fluctuating, globally interdependent conditions. As a result of this upgrade in collective consciousness, institutional changes in the concept of labor and in the economic system can develop organically and peacefully.

Moreover, when we begin to focus on building qualitative, meaningful relationships, we will discover a newfound source of satisfaction. As the emphasis shifts to how we can positively connect above all differences in society, we will become less immersed in material matters, and more involved in a fulfillment that is a lot more natural and common to all people. We will then feel a new kind of happiness, confidence and satisfaction as we, through our efforts to positively connect, begin to tap into an energy source dwelling in nature that will nourish and advance us to a higher level of consciousness.
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How Should Underdeveloped Countries Develop?

laitman_963.4Question: How should the development of underdeveloped countries occur? What is a better approach: micro-finance or macro-finance?

Answer: Only by developing traditional education, which is inherent to all people in the world, so that education and culture correspond to the nation’s nature, will we be effectively developing each nation.

We must understand that, in general, there are 70 nations of the world and they are all unequal. Similar to bodily organs, they need to complement each other. Therefore, if we show an equal and kind attitude to everybody, but according to the nature of each, we will see that they really can make a remarkable contribution to humanity.

Then we will manage to extract the maximum benefit from each nation. This all depends on a benevolent and warm attitude toward everyone, so that he or she can serve humanity precisely in the measure that corresponds to him or her.

We must understand that all of nature is divided between countries and nations such that it leads a person to a state in which each one complements another. As a result, we really can find ourselves in an equal and perfect world where each one fills the other and reaches a world that is all good.

We will then be privileged to see that each nation has a remarkable share in humanity. Also, only because they complement each other are we rewarded with a perfect life in all of human society—with love, perfection, respect, and honor for everyone.

First of all, we need to reveal that every nation has its place, just as the organs of the body have their places. We need it, and until we see that we need it, we will be unable to evaluate and raise it to its own distinctive realization.
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Round table of independent opinions. Berlin 9/9/06

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Poverty And Wealth

laitman_566.02Question: Money rules the corporeal world. Ambitious people own more and exploit others. What is the spiritual root of this phenomenon? Also, why do people think that a spiritual person has to be poor? I do not see any spirituality among poor people. On the contrary, I see more envy, lack of culture, poor education, and so forth.

Answer: According to Kabbalah, being poor has a totally different meaning. A spiritual person feels that he is poor because he lacks the attainment of the Creator and the upper world. He constantly aspires to this.

The notion of “poverty” itself does not come from a lack of money, but rather from religions that call people who constantly think about spirituality deprived and poor.

There is no doubt that wealth above the ordinary needs also enslaves a person. Such people are unable to study Kabbalah since they are too busy taking care of their wealth.

Question: What is the spiritual root of money?

Answer: The root of money is the screen. “Money (Kesef)” comes from the word “Kisuf” and it means cover.

Money is a force that covers our egoism and lets one act above his egoistic desire. If I act correctly, I can do a lot of beneficial things in our world with the help of money. However, usually a person succumbs to the power of money and sells out to it.
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From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/1/18

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An Economist’s Depression

Laitman_514.02In the News (Project Syndicate): A Nobel Prize laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, writes:

“I’ve been attending the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland – where the so-called global elite convenes to discuss the world’s problems – since 1995. Never have I come away more dispirited than I have this year. …

“The CEOs of Davos were euphoric this year about the return to growth, strong profits, and soaring executive compensation. Economists reminded them that this growth is not sustainable, and has never been inclusive; but such arguments have little impact in a world where materialism is king.

“So forget the platitudes about values that CEOs recite in the opening paragraphs of their speeches. They may lack the candor of Michael Douglas’s character in the 1987 movie Wall Street, but the message hasn’t changed: ‘Greed is good.’ What depresses me is that, though the message is obviously false, so many in power believe it to be true.”

My Comment: Contrary to Joseph Stiglitz, I do not feel depressed because I understand humanity’s egoism and from the start do not expect any good deeds from the economic elite. Moreover, I would wish them luck. Because the more they descend into their own greed, the quicker the world will see the truth and will finally become mature enough to apply the wisdom of Kabbalah.

The wisdom of Kabbalah says that we need to unite and demand the realization of the methodology for the correction of the world from the people of Israel. Even in ancient times the Egyptian Pharaoh understood that the Jews were running from him to true unity, to the ascent above egoism. This has to be understood by the nations today even more clearly.

The essence of the wisdom of Kabbalistic methodology, inherent in the people of Israel, is such: connect with one another to such an extent that egoism will no longer separate us or disturb us. Demonstrating this possibility to all, the Jews will fulfill that which the world awaits from them, even if unconsciously.

Having found themselves at a dead end, people will feel this. Humanity will begin to become aware that the solution to the problem is hidden in the people of Israel.

And everything else depends on how capable the people of Israel are of realizing the idea of unity within itself—then showing and presenting it to the world.

Today, the Jews are hated, without a clear understanding as to why. Instead of an inherent cause, reasons and excuses are offered for this hatred. Therefore, this hatred requires a correct orientation in consciousness so that everyone together gets down to business: on the one hand, those who aspire toward internal correction—the “people of Israel,” on the other hand, all others.

In reality, these two parts together solve one mutual problem. It is simply necessary to begin with someone and that’s why unity begins with those who are already ripe for it. And then, on a voluntary basis, based on desire, by way of positive example, wider circles connect to them.

In this manner, it is entirely unnecessary to drive the Jews out of their land; it’s not necessary to kill them. It is necessary to motivate them to create a strong, interwoven society, spreading the upper Light to the entire world.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 2/13/18

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Bill Gates’ Cow

laitman_543.02In the News (Business Insider): “Bill Gates has funded genetic research into how to create the perfect cow — one that will produce more milk and be able to withstand temperatures beyond that of the average cow.”

My Comment: I think the problem is not in how much milk is produced, but how it is distributed and marketed. For example, Israel is first in the world in the production of milk, but milk here is by no means cheap, because the market is completely regulated.

There are many obstacles in the marketing of the milk, which includes dumping, customs, duties, monopolies, and so forth. They undermine any efforts of the “benefactors.” Because of the mutually corrupt relationships, humanity is unable to take care of anything useful and really effective for those in need.

Attempts have been made, but self-interest ruins everything and clings to everything. That is why, even if at some point super cows will produce four times more milk, it will not make it to its African and Asian addressees. As a last resort, it will be dumped so as not to knock down the market prices.

Before we invest in these kinds of projects, we need to invest in the connection of humanity. Without it, our good intentions are powerless.

It is unnecessary to invent something new if the appropriate conditions for it are not created first. By just saving the excess produce, which goes to the garbage dumps, we could provide for a large number of those who are starving. However, with our current economic and social relations, this is unrealistic.

Therefore, the problem is not in the production, but in the people. More specifically, in their dissociation and disregard for each other. By uniting, we will see how to utilize resources appropriately, which right now we actually have in abundance. If humanity becomes one family, it will find real ways to distribute produce and then it will be possible to think about production. Until then, milk, as all else, will disappear in the bottomless pit of our egoism.
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