Entries in the 'Globalization' Category

What Causes Environmental Disasters?

laitman_765.1Question: What would happen if all the Chinese would like to own a car?

Answer: Nothing will change in the world and in the ecology; even let everyone own a car, and more than one. Let there be 7 or 14 billion private cars in the world. Cars are not what causes ecological disasters. Our corrupt relations are what cause ecological disasters.

We need to understand what is visible in nature and in its research; environmental disasters are caused not by technology, the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, but by the human level. Only we, at the level of our relations, cause distress at all other levels of nature.

All these disasters in the fields of ecology and health, depression and drug addiction, divorces and all other problems arise from nature only to push us to understand the cause, which is at a higher level. Always in nature, a problem from a higher level descends to lower levels and activates the system from there.

I hope that in the search for salvation from these evils, which we see as evils at our egoistic level, we will have to give up our egoism, we will have to understand that we can only be in balance with nature on the inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels due to our human level, if we treat each other with love and understanding.

Then, we will bring unity to nature as a whole and reach a balance with the general nature.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

Is There Anything Better Than Democracy?

laitman_220Question: Is there anything better than democracy?

Answer: We do not know what democracy is. Democracy for us means that we can somehow get along with each other without the power of the fist and coercion in the most brutal form, according to certain laws. By observing them, we are more or less able to not harm each other directly—and this is what we call “democracy.”

None of us knows what freedom is. We are not free. Each of us is born with qualities that we did not choose. Each of us has received education that we did not choose. We grow up and by the age of 20 we become adults; everything in us we received from our society, from factors that are not connected to us, nor depend on us.

In essence, I am a person who came out of the “oven” ready. However, the “I” is not me. “I” is what I was given. Accordingly, I advance in life.

So, do I know what freedom is? I am not free, I am just realizing what I received earlier. Therefore, it is not a democracy, it is not freedom, and it is not free choice. After all that I have received from everyone, have received since childhood, have received from teachers, if I learn how to work with all this, how to use it to achieve freedom, then perhaps I can truly realize myself.

Therefore, it is necessary to know the laws of nature, the laws of society as they should be in reality, in an objective form, independent of us.

We reveal the laws of nature, the social laws in ants, in groups of animals, and the same laws work in human society. If we open them up, if we establish them in our society, if we implement these laws in our society, then thanks to the effective use of the laws of nature we will reach true democracy.

In other words, everyone will have their own balanced place in the world, every nation, every community, every country, and all of humanity as a whole, will have an excellent balanced place in accordance with the common nature.

Today, everyone still imagines democracy and laws in their own way. Therefore, we naturally plunge into the global crisis of human society and do not yet see how we should exist.

Today’s democracy is coming to an end, and the next regime humanity will befall humanity is Nazism. Nazism will come and replace the current regime of all progressive democratic countries, and then we will see that we really do not understand the true laws of nature.

Let us hope that we will understand them before we bring ourselves to Nazism and that we will come to a beautiful, corrected form of the existence of humanity—to altruism.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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When Is War Justified?

laitman_293Question: Nowadays, when concepts of self-defense and humanitarian intervention have changed their meaning, how can we tell the difference between a “holy war” and just a war?

Answer: I would make such a differentiation: a justified war is a war of people fighting for their existence and for their territory, for their land. If somebody comes to them and wants to kill them, then as it is written: “forestall by slaying him.” (Tractate Sanhedrin, 72:1, Gemarah)

On the other hand, a country shouldn’t be going to war when it is not on its own territory, even if it does so under certain “humanitarian” guises. It should only use help from international powers when seeking peace and some kind of dialog, but not for war and military operations.

Therefore, only one thing is justified: If someone from the outside rises against a person, or a group of people, or a whole country, then in response, you can fight him and kill him, or even start this war first. However, if nobody from the outside rose against you, you should not attack him and fight with him under any pretext, even the most incredible one.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions, Berlin 9/9/06

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Why Is There No Peace In The Middle East?

laitman_229Question: Why is there still no peace in the Middle East?

Answer: The problem is not with Israel and the nations of the world. The situation is such that the method of correction of the world, which should now be realized in the whole world, is in the hands of Israel.

In its inner wisdom called the science of Kabbalah, Israel has the methodology of correcting egoism in the world: how to change from the egoistic perception of life and nature, where everybody wants to get something for himself, to the altruistic one, where everybody will be able to sacrifice and give of himself, and through it become fulfilled, complete, and perceive life through altruism.

Because Israel holds this wisdom, the entire world feels as if Israel is at fault for all that is happening. This pressure and anti-Semitism will not stop until Israel makes a contribution to the world—by revealing the science of Kabbalah to the world, a method of correcting the world, which explains how it can save itself from its selfish development that has come to an end and has resulted in the threat to its existence.

The world will reach peace, tranquility, and contentment only through the implementation of this method of its correction, which has been with Israel since Babylonian times. Emerging from there, from the cradle of all civilization, it has been in the midst of Israel for 6,000 years, and is only now being revealed. That is why the science of Kabbalah is in demand now all over the world.

The science of Kabbalah became open for general study at the beginning of the 21st century. After all, it represents the methodology of making our world altruistic, perfect, and wonderful. Then there will be peace in the Middle East and all over the world. And if not, then it will not happen there or anywhere in the world, which will only lead to a greater danger of its annihilation.

What is happening today in the Middle East is, in essence, the concentration, the focus, the pinnacle, of the whole world problem. If we solve this problem, if Israel will reveal the method of correction of the world, by doing so we will solve the problems of the entire world, and peace will also reign in the Middle East.
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From The Round Table of Independent Opinions. Berlin, 2006

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New Life #82 – How Can We Ease The Pressure Of Daily Life?

New Life #82 – How Can We Ease the Pressure of Daily Life?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

A healthy group is one that is connected to nature’s capacity to radiate healing energy. Anxiety and the sensation of pressure in life can be transformed into positive emotions when we know how to manage ourselves socially, what to talk about together, and which activities to engage in.
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From KabTV’s “New Life #82 – How Can We Ease The Pressure Of Daily Life?” 10/14/12

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Whose Life Is More Important?

laitman_546.03Question: Why do we consider the lives of some people to be more important than the lives of others?

Answer: It is because we fail to see the whole picture, the general mechanism, the common system of our globalization. We belong to a single system, we are all, in fact, one body.

Each one of us is like a cell in a single body that has to care about the well-being of the whole organism. If we see that humanity, in its final analysis, is one person with certain organs and body parts, then we will surely understand that each person matters.

Even if one cell in the body becomes cancerous… And this, in essence, is the specific quality of egoism: it starts engulfing others. At this point, we all resemble cancer cells. This now becomes revealed to us: we all exist in the universal human system, which is ill with general cancer.

If we reveal this, then we will certainly understand that everyone has to be healthy, that is, renounce their egoism, renounce using, engulfing others, and switch to bestowing to them.

Having discovered this, we will see that life consists only in advancing everyone in their development, in their contribution to society. If we encourage society to give everyone values that are directed only at this, we will, of course, be obliging people to be useful to human society. Then everyone will be equal. Also, then the life of one cannot be more important than the life of someone else.
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The Round Table of Independent Opinions. Berlin, 9/9/06

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The Culture Of The 21st Century: Dogs Replacing Children

laitman_571.08In the News (CNBC.com): Why companies are offering ‘furternity’ leave to new pet owners”

“…one marketing firm in Minnesota has started offering ‘furternity’ leave for all new pet moms and dads.

“The policy is part of a growing trend in pet-friendly workplace policies and a way to offer workers flexibility they might not have otherwise. …

“A number of companies already offer pet-friendly offices. At Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, the company says more than 6,000 dogs share the workspace with employees. Dogs enjoy a floor designed for pet play in one of the company’s buildings and the company even opened a special dog park that’s also open to the community. …

“At Minneapolis marketing firm Nina Hale, furternity leave allows new pet owners to work remotely for a week after adopting a pet. The policy gives pet parents the opportunity to bond with their furry friends as they acclimate to new surroundings. …

“Pet friendly benefits like pet leave, pet bereavement and pet health insurance are growing in popularity, Steven Feldman, an executive director at Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), tells the Society for Human Resources Management. It’s a “signal you’re looking at the employee’s entire family,” he adds. It’s also a way to entice young workers, the largest pet-owning generation.”

Comment: They have pet strollers, pet coloring, dog therapy, dog aromatherapy, dog church, and dog pools. It looks like we are moving to a culture where dogs replace children.

My Comment Yes. However, on the other hand, humanity has not stopped feeling the need to take care of somebody. Do you remember the Tamagotchi toy? It had to be constantly fed and taken care of.

We need to understand that human nature demands attachment. One is still bound, unwittingly, to his or her apartment, to smells, to everything! I see this as a huge internal, but not yet conscious, longing for communication between people, which, unfortunately, does not receive its normal expression, its release.

We therefore replace people with animals. Actually, it’s not that far off.  People feel that their dog is their friend, and the dog feels a friend and a master in their owners, and we are mutually devoted to each other.

Practically, we know people who have pets that eat from the same plate with them. They feel no difference between them because such contact occurs at the animal level. It does not need any major expressions, achievements, tensions and participation. I lower myself to the level of an animal; I reach out to him and he responds back to me, and we are both content.

Let us hope that this period will pass, and it certainly will pass because humanity is evolving and we will have to achieve contact with each other. Then all that contact with the animals will disappear. Like any other part of evolution and movement toward the lower levels, it will eventually die out. We will not have much interest in cats, dogs, parrots, hamsters, etc.

Question: Will we get such a yearning for each other? Will we uncover and reveal it?

Answer: We will understand that we still lack communication. Phones, virtual communications, dogs, lonely apartments, empty benches in public parks, and so on—it will all go away because we are changing, whether we like it or not. Let time do its work.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 8/27/18

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Is Human Life More Important?

Laitman_709Question: Do we have the right to perceive human life as more important than other forms of life?

Answer: First of all, we need to realize that the general system of nature is built in the form of a pyramid. It is based on an inanimate level: the whole universe, all inanimate matter, the stars and planets that exist in it. This is the bottom of the pyramid.

Then comes the vegetative part on Earth, and then higher than it is the animal part on Earth, and the top of the pyramid is occupied by the speaking level. Humans are not the animal part, not our body, but the speaking, human level in us.

Therefore, of course, human life is more important than all other forms and levels of nature, not because we desire this egoistically, but because we include all other forms of nature. If we treat nature correctly, we will correct ourselves, as well as all of nature in general.

All global natural disasters and problems—tsunamis, droughts, the harm that we inflict on nature, environmental disasters—are ultimately nothing more than a phenomenon projected onto nature by the person. Therefore, definitely, human life and its role in nature is most important.

We will find that by our own egoistic attitude toward ourselves and nature, we cause all disasters and all misfortunes both in human society and at other levels of nature: animate, vegetative, and even inanimate. If we change ourselves, then we will certainly change nature as a whole.

Therefore, we need to understand that the environmental disasters breaking out in the world today and the new ones still ahead of us depend solely on a human’s attitude to the world. They do not come because nature is suddenly out of balance. We cause imbalance in nature with our thoughts.
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The Round table of independent opinions. Berlin 9/9/06

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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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About Life With Dolls, Utter Loneliness, And Workaholism

laitman_543.02Remark: In Japan people spend a lot of time at work. And people there are substituting dolls for real people as partners.

Someone, after the death of his wife, began to collect dolls that imitate a person. Another one grew cold to his wife and bought a doll. That is, people are replacing people with dolls. They take care of them, wash them, etc.

And this tendency is observed both in men and in women. Women also buy dolls, live with them, talk to them. Some wear doll masks to be perfect beauties. Absolutely absurd!

My Comment: A man hates his appearance, wants to abandon it and enter the world of feelings, the world of inner, non-external communication—not between bodies, but at a higher level. He feels that he is not in demand and does not know what to demand from others. Therefore, an artificial substitution takes place. What can be said about this?

We are in a transition period, and not only the “unfortunate” Japanese but everybody else too. I do not think that the era of dolls will come and replace husbands, wives, children, or even pets. This all is no more than games. In fact, there can be no substitute.

I hope that the current big crisis, like a tsunami, will sweep away all this dirty industry, including all the excessive things that a man invents and produces. It will all be swept away and only the essentials will remain.

Everything else other than essentials would be spiritual, i.e. whatever we use in order to rise spiritually. This can only come up from the correct communication among people, when a state called “spirit” arises among them. People will then rise together in this spirit: “I cannot live without you and you cannot live without me.”

I do not mean men and women. I mean everything. Such mutual addition gradually elevates us higher and higher. This is the spiritual elevator. This is what we must come to.

This is what the science of Kabbalah teaches. I hope this is the solution to the whole problem. This is how it will be.

As for plastic substitutes, they are temporary toys. It is precisely because we do not find the right combination, the right connection between us.

Question: Researchers claim that people are driven by fear, by their desire to be safe. How can you overcome this fear?

Answer: They will not find this in each other either.

They will find this only if they correctly connect with each other, and in this connection, they will suddenly reveal the upper power that created them, keeps them, and on which they completely depend. Then the fear will disappear.

What fear can there be if you are in contact with the upper force that determines everything: how you were born, how you exist and die, and after that, you will again be in other different states! When you are in contact with the upper force, there is no fear.
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From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 7/31/18

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