Entries in the 'Economy' Category

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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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman,” 1/30/18

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Complain To The One Who Created Us

laitman_272The world is beginning to feel that it has reached a dead end. It turns out that there is no democracy, no liberalism. What have we come to from allowing the mass media and oligarchs to freely run rampant?

After a decade, they will again gather in Davos and proclaim: “Now 99% of the total capital is owned by 1% of the population, and soon all 100% will come into our hands. All the rest can die from hunger. We, of course, feel sorry for them, but there is nothing we can do about it. This is an egoistic path of development. If you dislike it, complain to the Creator.”

The rich themselves will say: “You want change, but it’s not in our hands. We are not at fault; we are the same egoists like everyone else. You would have done the same in our place. All the money has accumulated with us because the desire to enjoy obligated us to act in this way. Complain to the one who created us.” Perhaps then, those unfortunate people who have not a crumb left will understand that they need to turn to the Creator.
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From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/25/18, Writings of Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 60

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Forum in Davos: Unprecedented Optimism

Unprecedented optimism reigns in the World Economic Forum in Davos. International business and political leaders predict global economic growth and do not foresee any serious dangers in 2018. This year’s theme is “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”

We can understand the participants’ optimism. They are celebrating on their streets: last year about 82% of the created wealth went to the wealthiest 1% of people on the planet. As they suck more out of the world and the economy keeps growing, benefiting themselves while the real standard of living for the majority gradually declines.

In essence, the elites discuss how to disconnect and divide the world. This is how they see their common future. Their heralds promise that enough crumbs will be left for the rest of the people, but in fact, we see this is not happening. On the contrary, the fragmented world suits them: they unite and become stronger and wealthier.

What can you do? Egoism is unable to share what it has laid its hands on. As a result, the gathering of egoists only aggravates the situation.

They are not to blame; they cannot act in any other way. It is human nature at work. If we don’t want it to lead us down a thorny path, we must correct the egoism in ourselves and in everyone. Otherwise, it will destroy us.
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What Professions Will Disappear?

laitman_961.2Question: Do you know which professions will disappear?

Answer: Alot of them. Practically all of them.

Question: They write that there will be taxis without drivers, hotels will be booked online, and editors and writers will also disappear because a computer robot has already won a literary contest.

It has been established that the accuracy of a computer lawyer is 90%, and that of a human being—70%; the IBM Watson device diagnoses cancer four times better than any doctor; solar energy will become so widely used and cheap in the future that the entire coal industry will shut down, and so on.

Israeli writer Yuval Noah Harari in his popular book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow warns that as a result, humanity could split into two subspecies. The first would be so-called pagan gods, the owners of artificial intelligence and super specialists, and the second, all the rest. And the rest can become entire countries and continents.

Do you really think humanity will break into these two subspecies?

Answer: In the process of achieving this state, both groups will, of course, be very different from one another: some will be engaged in programming and the invention of all these machines and others will passively consume because nobody needs them.

They are just a mass of protein that will also be fed special substances that lower their desire to reproduce and everything else. They will become like “vegetables,” not people. And those who will create the technologies will command them. But this is not the end of the problem, not like a Hollywood movie, because in addition, there is still the upper management and the goal.

Humanity does not exist by itself, separately. We see it in nature and everywhere: the ultimate goal must already be determined and it governs all phases and steps of development. So it will not turn out that everything will stop, as conceived by this clever man.

Everything will be different. People will undergo significant internal changes; they will understand that they are killing themselves in this way. And it is not the same as if we kill ourselves in this world when we want to get rid of it as quickly as possible.

In fact, people will gradually discover the highest form of existence that we can transfer to absolutely smoothly from our life. One can simply ascend to the next level, which is eternal, perfect, and infinite. This will be gradually revealed to people and then they will make necessary changes to adapt to the new level of existence.

Question: What do you think, who will be the first to reveal it: the leaders or the rest of people?

Answer: I think that leaders will not reveal this because they, in fact, are very narrow-minded people. They are tech savvy. They are only interested in how to create machines that will be subordinated to them.

People who report to them are those who suffer and they will begin to feel everything. It is impossible to crush this feeling! This is nature! And it does not matter how much you feed it drugs and use other means to calm it down or put it to sleep, it will not help.

As a result, a very interesting inner revolution will take place in people, and from this point they will come to the next level.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 11/9/17

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The Bitcoin Phenomenon

The day will come when, by virtue of a new quality of interconnection between us, a new “currency” will emerge.

Below is a seven-year graph showing the Bitcoin-USD exchange rate, with an unprecedented rise in 2017 (Buy Bitcoin Worldwide).

Impressive, isn’t it?

Obviously, I am not a market analyst or expert on cryptocurrencies. However, Bitcoin is certainly not just a financial phenomenon. It is founded upon the attempt to create a completely new type of universal value.

It would seem that there is nothing backing the “virtual currency” except cryptographic algorithms. However, that is no laughing matter. After all, cryptography is intended to provide reliability and trust, which is already valuable in itself. It is as if the creators of the new coin are declaring: human nature with its “baggage” has no access to our territory.

The modern financial system cannot boast of having this feature; there, money is produced by banks and is a factor of the political and economic influences of specific countries and organizations. In other words, the “old” money serves very specific interests.

On the other hand, right before our eyes, a new, extra-governmental, extra-historical currency is being born, setting claim to becoming a universal, absolute equivalent, and even to driving gold out of its immovable position.

It is being born because the need for it is ripe. After all, globalization, which many people criticize, really is a natural phenomenon. It reflects the current state of humanity, which has already gathered into one whole technologically, but has not yet accepted this fact psychologically.

That is why we don’t yet understand how to use the cryptocurrency, how to integrate it into the system, and how it will later influence us, the ones who created it. However, that does not change its essence: the global world is demanding a global monetary equivalent that does not depend on local, subjective “circumstances” and interests.

On the other hand, if we treat this novelty like in the olden times, with traditional means, it will lose its “charm”—its objective value as seen by the public. Yes, in the beginning of the road, Bitcoin became a convenient means for deals on the black market, which found a way in here, yet the completely legal “financial mafia” will put an end to it and will find a way to secure a grip on the new coin.

Will the illegal players be able to preserve the freedom of the cryptocurrency? One way or another, its future depends on that. There are chances for that to happen since governments and banks are also connected to the “financial mafia.”

However, if we rise above the current fuss surrounding Bitcoin, we will see how egoism on a global scale is gradually building the respective global systems for itself, and in a way that does not attach artificial ideals and ideologies to them.

There is no “good” or “evil” here, but only business in the pure form. And what difference does it make if the reciprocal trust of the parties is provided by virtual computer computations? On the contrary, that makes it even better; there will be fewer errors in the calculations.

It turns out that we are talking about global trends and, for the most part, it makes no sense to resist them.

Moreover, in the future we will develop additional universal parameters, but ones of a social nature. The day will come when, by virtue of a new quality of interconnection between us, a new “currency” will emerge—social rating, expressed by a clear equivalent that anyone can understand.

People will be able to accumulate it as well, but not sell or buy it. It is more likely to have a comparative nature while having completely real value.

After all, society, especially one that is global, cannot be based on just bare egoism alone. Of course, it is rational in its own way, but when left to its own devices, it leads to a dead-end. The social aspect in man and society must take the upper hand over self-focus so the whole will not fall apart into pieces.

These are the paradigms of a new time, whose essence is not a single currency, but new relationships between people in a united, modern world.
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From Poverty To Extreme Wealth

laitman_566.01Remark: Today, technological entrepreneurship is being cultivated in Israel. It is believed that a person with an interesting idea could jump from the status of a beggar to extreme wealth. For that reason, the future seems rosy and prosperous.

My Comment: This is the same American Dream! Everything was open before the first settlers who arrived in America. They were poor, but nothing was prohibited—by all means, do whatever you wish. Absolute freedom of enterprise. If you have the brains and an idea, all the routes were open to you. Today, it is no longer that easy. Money, language, and work permit—and you are a king.

Question: Nowadays, in different circles pursuing technological development, each person believes that they are next—they will make a career, earn billions, and start to live well. Is such faith realistic?

Answer: Today, this is still possible in high-tech since it is still held by the brilliance of the mind. There must be an idea. It can arise even in someone who is poor. Or in someone who has not even been educated, for example, like the student Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, the social networking site.

Brilliant ideas come more from Jews since their minds are arranged this way. They are intended for correct spiritual, not corporeal work. But for the time being they are not being used for their intended purpose.

Question: Are the prospects of implementing these ideas favorable from the point of view of the elite?

Answer: The elite know how to clip coupons from everything. If they were not interested in this, nothing would exist. They would have crushed everyone.

Who legalized drugs? At first they banned cigarettes: “They are so bad for you! We cannot agree with the fact that our society smokes.” And then they replaced them with drugs. In five or ten years, we will see how they will gradually get the entire population to be hooked on drugs.

Remark: I remember how in 2002 smoking was already forbidden in a hotel in Las Vegas and all the windows were closed. Back then it seemed so fantastic to me how much they were taking care of people’s health. And you said: “A strategic program is being implemented to replace smoking, which will transition into smoking drugs.”

My Comment: It was clear to see where this was heading. Nothing in the world happens just like that.
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From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 8/7/17

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“The Strong Swallows The Weak”

laitman_272Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It is a natural law that the diligent class will exploit the backward class as best they can, like fish at sea, where the strong swallows the weak.

Today we see how the elites of all countries cannot stop in spite of the fact that they have already stuffed their own pockets. No logic can explain why a man with 50 billion needs another 50.

The fact is that the infinitely growing egoism requires this. Therefore, a person cannot do anything with himself; he must follow this. The miserable elites are also controlled by their infinitely growing egoism and are obliged to reduce the entire population to poverty, leaving them not even a crust of bread!

On the other hand, this is unnatural. Even during times of slavery, it was never like this. A slave was expensive! The owner had to take care of him, treat him well, etc.

Now we are separated from the connection between master and slave. An entrepreneur does not care that there are millions of people behind the gates of his factories. He must extract everything out of them!
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From Kab TV’s ”The Last Generation” 8/7/17

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