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Why Are Diamonds So Valuable?

563Question: Why are diamonds so valuable?

Answer: Because they mattered to the mighty of this world. Suppose, if I am in some country and do not know what will happen to me in the next moment, then I naturally try to turn what I have acquired into a form that I can easily hide and take with me.

In principle, gold, silver, and diamonds exist as the equivalent of human effort. There must be such an equivalent. I need to know how much I earn. It has always been evaluated.

Previously, for example, I had to know how many camels, sheep, horses, or hectares of land I need to give for something. How can I evaluate? It is the equivalent of labor.

As soon as a person—a blacksmith, a tailor, and so on—broke away from his own land, he needed exchange, commodity relations arose, and immediately an equivalent must appear.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Dollars, Gold or Diamonds?”

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“The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions”

962.2Comment: There is a serious initiative founded called the The Giving Pledge that aims to foster a culture of philanthropy among the world’s wealthiest to tackle the world’s biggest problems. It has more than 230 participants.

Co-founder Bill Gates said, “I’ve always believed that if you’re in a position to help somebody, you should do it.” And that the group founded in 2010 will “continue to learn from each other and find new ways to maximize the positive impact of our philanthropy.” MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon’s founder Bezos, pledged half of her fortune of $37 billion to charity as part of The Giving Pledge. What do you think about this initiative?

My Response: Money is not a problem. It’s sad just to see how they spend it. The essence of correcting the world is in changing a person. And they don’t know what a person should be like. They believe that we will make some more systems of care, healthcare, education and everything will be better.

But it won’t be better. On the contrary, by doing so they will invoke negative forces that will prove against all charitable systems that we are still acting incorrectly. And they will teach us harshly.

Any good deed, if it is not done to change the qualities of a person, will only lead to even greater suffering. This is what is meant in the Bible that if we do good deeds without correcting the person himself, then he remains in his hell, inside our supposedly correct, good deeds.

Question: Aren’t you excited that we have such initiatives?

Answer: It would be better if they didn’t do it! It is necessary to direct funds only for education, and special education and not to fill ill heads with something, but precisely with the system of correction of a person, on which the system of correction of the whole world depends.

Question: Meaning, if it does not go to the correction of the person himself, his nature, then it is only for evil?

Answer: Yes.

Comment: You said that it is necessary to understand where this money is going, to which fund.

My Response: In this case, to understand where it is going. But by their nature, by their understanding of the world, their perception of the world, they cannot direct the money correctly. That is why it is said: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” So, unfortunately, it would be better if they didn’t.

Question: How does a billionaire or a millionaire who signs The Giving Pledge feel?

Answer: That’s exactly why they do it! They feel their exclusivity, their uniqueness. They feel like the correctors of the world, the righteous of the world. And the whole world, in principle, should understand, know this, and thank them.

Naturally, half of this amount will be spent on advertising. And the other half will be spent on some goals: healthcare, mother-child, something else. But in the end you will see that the world will not be better, but only worse.

Question: Are these precisely those good intentions?

Answer: Yes. The intentions are good, but in the end we will get even more hell.

Question: What would you give money for? If they collected this decent amount, where would you send this money to in the current state of the world?

Answer: We have something to tell people. It is necessary to open such channels, centers that could convey to each person in his language, at his level, the main idea: “Love your neighbor!” Only in this is the salvation of each and every one. And that’s why there’s nothing else you can do.

So, it is necessary to open such centers, explain from all sides, from the point of view of science, morality, and biology, whatever. And to do it in such a way as to gradually raise people to this level. Let there be awards and  scholarships to educate people, to educate them in this way, to give out all sorts of incentive funds, and so on in order for people to study this and talk about this all the time—anything that is possible, for them to be occupied in this.

Especially now we are approaching a state where several billion people will be unemployed! What will they do? Who will pay them? Let these funds pay, moreover, pay normally, decently. We need this.

Question: Such an approach to “love your neighbor,” even a small step, a thought, is this the beginning of a person’s change?

Answer: Yes. But this is only if we create such scholarships and opportunities for people to study, write about, and discuss it, to fill in all the sites with this, all the connections, and make it very popular on the Internet, on television, everywhere.

Question: Is that the only thing you need to give money for?

Answer: Yes, only for this.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 12/16/21

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Trade: The System That Feeds The World

547.05Question: Modern trade is set up to enable us to profit as much money from others as possible. But in the past, everything was based on trust, goods were provided and the money was paid later. What is the point of the new form of trade?

Answer: Trading is not about deceiving another. This is already robbery. Any trade involves a lack of a product somewhere, which I bring and sell because people there need it. What is deceitful about this? Just as all the organs of the body serve, supply each other, and complement each other, so it is here. This is vital.

Trade forms the blood vessels that transport nutrients as needed: back and forth. And the fact that trade today is based on deception, cheating others, and imposing what they do not need on them or having them swallow all sorts of harmful products, is a whole different ball game. This should not happen.

In fact, trade has never been conducted this way. Everything between the Jews was built on complete trust. My great-grandfather worked for an orthodox owner in the village as a production manager. He had a small notebook and no accounting books. My grandfather told me about it. My great-grandfather wrote down everything in this notebook and kept track of it all. When the Soviet government came, he was imprisoned and several people took over his job in the accounting department. To no use!

It all depends on how you approach the work and how you run the operation. Either one person with a small notebook or twenty people sorting through pieces of paper. Therefore, a proper attitude holds immense potential.

Question: Will this period in which people are ready to kill each other for profit ever end?

Answer: They have to taste it all and then they will come to the realization. I have no doubt about it. I’m an optimist. A fatalist and an optimist.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. World Financial Problems” 5/4/10

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On Full Trust

600.02Comment: You recently told us how the system of interrelationship between Jews developed when they were scattered around the world. One could come to the other and he was obliged to feed him and accept him for the night.

Even monetary relationships were completely different because the Jews were on a spiritual level.

My Response: Such a system still exists among diamond dealers today. How do they make deals? They shake hands with each other and say, “Shalom u-braha!” which means, all the best and blessings. That’s it!

This is accepted as the final signature in all international transactions, even in courts, and not only in Jewish ones. Words are enough. And to this day there is such a thing. And between whom? It is between people who deal in diamonds, oddly enough.

But they say that in recent years it has become a thing of the past. In general, it has always been like this between Jews. I could come to you a thousand kilometers away and without any connection, say that my money is with someone, take the goods from you, and promise that he will send it to you then. All based on words!

But this requires somewhat different people who, so to say, are afraid of God, for whom this world is only temporary. They feel among themselves the opportunity for correction and for reaching the upper world. In this case, it works. Now it still works due to inertia, but in general, of course, everything goes away.
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Gold Or Silver?

49.01Question: Why was gold always an important asset for Jews?

Answer: And where hasn’t it been? It has been so in all ancient cultures. Do we find anything other than gold in Roman, Greek, Egyptian, and Persian excavations or anywhere else?

As for the Jews, they have long been engaged in currency transactions because in all countries, wherever they lived, they were connected with each other. Their having one language, one mentality, allowed them to communicate closely with each other. That is when they turned trade into a global, integral business. Naturally, small pieces of gold were convenient to exchange.

But then states began to print gold coins. Then they were replaced with other metals. The main thing was to have a state stamp. Surely, they should not have stopped using gold. But egoism does not want to recognize boundaries, and therefore, people filed coins and cut-off corners from them. And eventually, gold was replaced with another equivalent.

And among Jews, if something was valued, it was mostly silver, silver candlesticks and items related to religious worship. And only those who were engaged in international trade were interested in gold.

Question: What is the spiritual makeup of gold and silver?

Answer: What is so spiritual about gold or silver? Nothing.

The spiritual root of gold is very simple. It represents egoistic power and authority. Silver is much less. Therefore, silver cleanses, and gold does not react with anything, it is a dead metal.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Dollars, Gold or Diamonds?” 4/21/10

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What Should The World Come To?

115.05Question: These days, everything can easily be painted gold. Although it looks cheap, people still have a desire for something shiny, made to look like gold. Why doesn’t the passion for this disappear?

Answer: We cannot be indifferent to the color of gold because for thousands of years it has been the most valuable color. If we give a child different colors to play with, he will also reach for the warm light. Not for silver, but for gold, because it is a warm light, a warm color.

But personally, I do not look at it that way. I have not felt any value in it for a long time.

Comment: It’s just that the entire world is constantly revolving around shiny trinkets.

My Response: The entire world must come to the recognition of the evil of its egoism, to the fact that we work for it for free, that this egoism is inside everyone like a cancerous tumor eating us up.

A person must understand this, and begin to fight against egoism, to feel it in himself as the most evil, most cunning, insidious enemy, and also understand that there is nothing outside, and everything is only inside.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Dollars, Gold or Diamonds?” 4/21/14

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When Money Becomes A Goal In Itself

284Question: Why is our world built around money? The goal of life , in fact, is to achieve profit.

Answer: No, it was not always like that. In addition to wealth, there is also power, fame, and knowledge.

The world has existed not only for the sake of money. Money is just a tool. Nowadays it has its own value, but in the past people used to live according to the principle of “goods — money —goods.” The most important thing is a commodity of exchange, and money is a means of communication, an equivalent.

For example, if I need shoes and you need a suit, how can we exchange? How much do the shoes cost and how much does the suit cost? How do we know how to make such a barter?

Therefore, everything is tied to the monetary equivalent. Suppose I can get this suit for two pairs of shoes, maybe for two and a half, and maybe for five pairs. That is, the product is the main thing! You want my product, I want your product, and the money is in the middle. It plays the role of an equivalent when we build an equation. Your product is equal to a certain amount of my product. So, money was not the main thing, not always.

Or, suppose I am interested in becoming a governor, a leader. How much does it cost? So I pay for it. I know that a certain position is worth a certain amount of money. Money was a means to achieve a goal.

And now this principle has turned into “money — goods — money” when the main thing is money. You invest it in order to get a bigger profit. What for? To get an even bigger profit. That is, money itself has become power, a goal in itself, our master. This is what has been happening in the last 60 to 70 years. And this is completely wrong.

But this is the final form. Karl Marx wrote about this. There is nothing you can do about it, it is all dialectics.
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. Dollars, Gold or Diamonds?” 4/21/14

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115.06Question: Why is gold so valuable?

Answer: Gold is the universal equivalent. Give another equivalent, and there will be another instead. Gold was detached from the monetary system and look at what happened: They began to speculate and print money.

You cannot print gold, but you can print paper. By doing this, we laid a land mine under ourselves that could explode. Today it is delivering the results.

It is inevitable! Since the ego is impossible to tame, you can only rise above it. And when you exist in it, it still develops to a state where you just kill yourself, and still do it with pleasure.
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Billionaires Must Pay

961.1In the News (Reuters): “A group of more than 100 billionaires and millionaires has issued a plea to political and business leaders convening virtually for the World Economic Forum: make us pay more tax.

“The group calling itself the “Patriotic Millionaires” said that the ultra-wealthy were not currently being forced to pay their share of the global economic recovery from the pandemic.

“‘As millionaires, we know that the current tax system is not fair. Most of us can say that, while the world has gone through an immense amount of suffering in the last two years, we have actually seen our wealth rise during the pandemic – yet few if any of us can honestly say that we pay our fair share in taxes,’ the signatories said in an open letter, published on the occasion of the World Economic Forum’s ‘virtual Davos’…

“Reuters reported last year on the staggering rise in billionaires’ wealth in 2020, as the world went into lockdown and the global economy faced its worst recession since World War Two, prompting the millionaires’ group to call for higher taxes. …

“Over the course of the two years of the pandemic, the fortunes of the world’s 10 richest individuals have risen to $1.5 trillion – or by $15,000 a second – a study by Oxfam this week showed. …

“According to a study conducted by the Patriotic Millionaires together with Oxfam and other non-profits, a progressive wealth tax starting at 2% for those with more than $5 million and rising to 5% for billionaires could raise $2.52 trillion, enough globally to lift 2.3 billion people out of poverty and guarantee healthcare and social protection for individuals living in lower income countries.”

Comment: What do you think about this?

My Response: You can count even more. Where do they get these billions from? They collected this from all the poor, from the oppressed.

Question: So you would like to go deeper, to the basics?

Answer: I don’t want to deal with these matters! But humanity must still put things in order for once. How can it be that one person has billions, not only billions but even more, that is not taxed at all?! Not taxable! They officially create enterprises that initially pay zero taxes! Zero taxes! How can this be?! And an ordinary person pays 20%, 30%, to 40% in taxes.

Why?! They can then scream beautifully: “Take taxes from us! We do not know what to do with our billions! Do me a favor! We beg you!” The beautiful duplicity of our world.

Question: But does this decision of theirs at least please you?

Answer: They are doing it in advance. Overtaking, as if on the run, in front of the chariot, which descends after them from the mountain.

Question: That is, this chariot, as it were, hints at the fact that now they will take 10%?

Answer: I would charge them 90%. Why not a progressive tax?

Question: So the conclusion is that you do not see much progress in this?

Answer: I do not see any progress in this. I see duplicity in this, an abomination! And they still do not even know what they look like in the eyes of the masses.

Question: That is, they are not benefactors of the people?

Answer: No.

Question: Is the main question of equality how to achieve it?

Answer: Equality. There is nothing to talk about. Let them add it there so that these taxes, among other things, are not deducted from those gifts that they make to the government and others. They deduct billions.

Question: Do you consider this a bribe?

Answer: Of course. Clear bribery.

Question: So all the time there is this thought that I can give something if only it brings me some benefit. Is there no way out of this thought?

Answer: Nowhere. Otherwise they wouldn’t have said it. It’s just to save their own skin. And they have already crawled through all the holes and distributed them to save it and protect it.

Question: Is it ever possible to send a message that I am not doing all this on my own account?

Answer: This will never happen voluntarily. Never! And do not hope that it will!

Question: Then will everything always lead to some kind of revolution?

Answer: If it continues until such a time, yes. Or it will still break through because the personality develops in a person and he will yet be able to understand what the methodology, practice, and goal of the development of the world are.

Question: Can it come to a rich person who has a lot of money?

Answer: No. He has it closed.

Question: Here they write the words “fairness” and “fairly.” What does “justice” mean to you?

Answer: In fairness, this can only be in proportion to the bestowal from a person to the world. This is justice. Nothing else.

Question: How much can I give to the world as much as possible?

Answer: Yes.

Question: What do you mean by bestowal?

Answer: Giving back is any of my actions to bring the world into balance. So that with respect to each person, receiving and bestowing are balanced.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 01/31/22

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“The Heavy Price Of Feeding Ourselves” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “The Heavy Price of Feeding Ourselves

Putting food on the table has become a luxury these days. U.S. inflation soars to 8.5%, the highest annual level in 40 years and grocery prices are particularly hit, up to at least 10 percent higher from last year. For many people, not only in America but around the world, the cost of food is out of reach. Are we on the verge of the next global crisis?

“Sharply higher prices for staples and supply shortages are increasing pressure on households worldwide and pushing millions more into poverty.” declared the Heads of the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, United Nations World Food Program, and World Trade Organization in a joint statement just released.

The World Bank estimates that for each one percentage point increase in food prices, “10 million people are thrown into extreme poverty worldwide.” The Covid-19 pandemic caused disruptions in the world’s food supplies; climate crisis has damaged agricultural crops and threatened the food security of millions of people. Now the war in Ukraine is affecting grain and fertilizers production and exports to the world. Global food prices have reached “a new all-time high,” and the situation is getting worse every day. Starving masses could fuel social tensions, particularly in vulnerable countries.

But besides the aforementioned factors, people’s mindsets and habits trigger food insecurity. As the world evolves, the population has grown as a result of medical developments that allow increasing fertility and life expectancy. In addition to it, we are not only more numerous and live longer but we also consume much more today than in the past. Just a few hundred years ago we stayed home passively and a slice of bread a day was enough, today we live a hectic life and instead of a slice we need a pound of bread a day.

Compared to nature, we can see that animals behave differently from us in terms of breeding and consuming calories. When animals are not hunting or gathering food, they usually lie down peacefully and save energy. When there is a lack of food in the area, they give birth to fewer offspring. In the past, in times of food shortages, women naturally would also conceive less.

But as human beings we are no longer as attached to nature as animals, nor do we care to think deeply about our future as human beings and how properly use and balance our resources. We may easily degenerate into a world of famine and consequently, more conflicts will emerge.

We will be able to prevent hunger and other problems that can cause great suffering and death through a joint international debate. In such a discussion, representatives of countries would consider together what to do with the onerous facts and how to use human capabilities to solve them.

The problem is that the international organizations that are supposed to deal with it, like the UN, are impractical because they represent the bureaucratic forces of the states and governments, nor are they enthusiastic about dealing with solutions about the future of the world. It turns out that we have no one to trust and no one to wait for to formulate plans for a good life for us.

The scale and gravity of today’s global challenges which have outgrown the present systems’ ability to handle them require fresh new thinking. In my view, until we deal with the heart of the problem, which is the egoism in human nature, we will find no remedy to our woes. We all need to finally realize that humanity is a single superorganism in which any disruption affects the whole system and any solution should be integral. In other words, a better future starts with a shift of awareness of what needs to be fixed: we.