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“Texas Synagogue Siege: Still Something To Pray For” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Texas Synagogue Siege: Still Something to Pray For

Explosions and gunfire were heard before the 10-hour hostage ordeal at Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas ended. Four hostages were released unharmed in yet another attack by a gunman on an American synagogue, which is happening with greater frequency in recent years. Although the standoff ended safely, this time, with the FBI Hostage Rescue Team freeing the rabbi and his congregants, the Jewish people will need to activate special forces from their unity and solidarity to be safe in their places of worship and everywhere else.

Unfortunately, the threat will not stop and fears will only increase. The trend of Jew-hatred has not changed for centuries, it is only getting stronger, especially in America. Every antisemitic incident, small or large, should remind us that there is an eternal reason for this phenomenon that needs to be investigated.

“Prayers answered,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted after law enforcement stormed the synagogue to free the hostages of a gunman who had disrupted a service to demand the release of a convicted terrorist. The incident is a powerful reminder that Jews cannot even feel safe in their places of worship. Although the motives were different, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018 and Poway Synagogue in California in April 2019 were both struck by deadly attacks while Jewish congregations were praying.

Since then, Jewish institutions have tightened security measures, but this does not seem to be enough. In coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Jewish Federations of North America announced a $54 million plan to install secure doors and surveillance cameras and hire security personnel at Jewish organizations, schools and synagogues.

Unfortunately, the threat will not stop and fears will only increase. The trend of Jew-hatred has not changed for centuries, it is only getting stronger, especially in America. Every antisemitic incident, small or large, should remind us that there is an eternal reason for this phenomenon that needs to be investigated.

Antisemitism is a strong and deep feeling of hatred towards Jews, a natural and burning feeling that cannot be dimmed in any way. Our attackers see in us, the Jews, the causes of all human suffering, and it is rooted in nature.

All of humanity is connected in one network, in an integral natural system within which the people of Israel are the innermost part; it is a small nation that reflects within it all of humanity. Rav Yehuda Ashlag (Baal HaSulam), wrote in his Introduction to the Book of Zohar: “Bear in mind that in everything there is internality and externality. In the world in general, Israel, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, are considered the internality of the world.”

That internal force can be activated in the Jewish people through our connection. It is what the nations of the world subconsciously want from us and it is what dwells deep within as the core reason behind every expression of antisemitism.

Rav Abraham Isaac Kook also emphasizes the importance of our role in his writings Orot (Lights): “Israel is the essence of all existence, and you have no movement in the world, in all nations, which you will not find in Israel.”

When we are divided and in conflict with each other, with every Jew praying his or her own prayer, we ourselves awaken the spirits of hatred against us. Conversely, when we connect with each other, we awaken a positive force that spreads in a unique and hidden way in the integral system of nature so that we neutralize hatred and bring peace and tranquility to the world.

This time “our prayers were answered.” In order to prevent the next catastrophe, we must multiply the connection of good and friendly relations so that a common desire and prayer will crystallize between us, the Jews of the whole world. As it is written, “The genuine movement of the Israeli soul at its grandest is expressed only by its sacred, eternal force, which flows within its spirit.” Rav Kook, (Letters of the RAAIAH 3)

“What Einstein Knew And Jews Refuse To Acknowledge” (Times of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “What Einstein Knew and Jews Refuse to Acknowledge

“We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity,” wrote physicist Albert Einstein in a letter to a NY Jewish philanthropist in June 1939, to express gratitude for his help to Jewish refugees who had managed to escape from the Nazis shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Today, as then, Jewish solidarity is the only way to combat antisemitism, but we seem not to have learned the lessons of the past, as division and internal strife prevail.

In Einstein’s thank you letter, recently released, the scientist addresses American businessman Fred Behr and shares with him his deep concern about the rise of Nazi rule in Europe and the impending danger to the Jews: “The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test.”

Much like antisemitism led to establish the State of Israel, today we are witnessing a sharp rise in antisemitic sentiment, both directly against Jews and disguised as delegitimization of Israel, in many countries—but especially in the United States and Europe. It is now imperative that we embrace the values of unity and mutual responsibility to guarantee our survival.

But today, these values have become less important in the eyes of most Jews, currently we are like a collection of separate groups—left versus right, religious versus secular, Ashkenazi versus Sephardic, to name just a few divisions—engaged in a constant struggle against each other.

Thus, in order to return to our united roots and re-establish ourselves as a united Jewish people, we must place our original values of unity and solidarity at the center of our common discourse. What would motivate us to reunite as a single nation? Why is this even important? It is so because the alternative is extinction. Only a tightly knit model can guarantee our survival. As our sages put it, “All of Israel are each other’s guarantors [responsible for one another], meaning that when all are together, they see only good.” (A Broadcasting Voice). And as it is written in Shem MiShmuel, “When they [Israel] are as one man with one heart, they are as a fortified wall against the forces of evil.”

Solidarity and unity are the most important Jewish values, originally instituted by our Patriarch Abraham and his group some 3,800 years ago. Guided by these principles, this group became the “people of Israel” and learned to live harmoniously as one cohesive nation.

By following the principles of mutual responsibility and cohesion, we can strengthen bonds that transcend people, groups, factions, ages, and genders, and aim to unite all people, without exception, across all differences.

Moreover, by realizing such a vision, we will serve as a model for a perfect society of fulfilled and successful people who share the most important values of life—love and connectedness. As a result, the world will absorb the unifying atmosphere we project, and antisemitism in all its forms will subside.

“Anti-Work Movement Should Be Pro-Purpose” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Anti-Work Movement Should Be Pro-Purpose

Over the past year, the anti-work movement, which began in 2013, has been gaining traction. Last year, it grew from 700,000 people to 1.6 million. However, its slogan, “Unemployment for all, not just the rich!” will not create a better world or happier people.

To create a world where people are happy, we need to rethink the value of work in our society. To be happy, we need a purpose in life. Work may be a means to an end, but it should not be the end itself. If we focus on purpose and not on jobs or careers as the determining factors in our sense of self-worth, our lives will be more balanced, much happier, and we, our families, our communities, and the environment will benefit.

Until a few years ago, the predominant element in determining a person’s social status was one’s job. You were worth as much as your job title was worth. In recent years, there has been a shift. People are growing out of the illusion that a job title will make you happy, even if that job pays extremely well.

Money helps, but only to a point. Beyond the provision of our needs and securing our future to a reasonable degree, we should invest our time and efforts in creating value in our lives rather than wealth. Any additional time or effort to create more wealth will not increase our happiness. In fact, it will often diminish it.

We create value by being with people we love, and doing things we love. These two may well be connected to our job, but in that case, the job is not the focal point but the fact that we enjoy what we do and the people around us.

Even if our job is not our life’s dream, we need to establish such relationships at work that will make it worthwhile to keep working. If I have negative feelings toward my workplace, I will hate being there. Therefore, it is vital that coworkers not only get to know each other, but that they develop mutual consideration and concern for one another. If all I think about is when I can go home (or switch off my laptop if I’m working from home), then I will suffer while I work. However, if I think about how all of us, workers, can achieve our common goal, then my work will have a purpose, and that purpose will not be personal but social. In that case, people will be focused on each other and not on their hours and personal duties, and they will feel content and satisfied at work.

This is very different from how we think of work today, but it is where the world is going. We already know that everything is connected. Our computers are connected around the world, even our phones are connected around the world. Our food, too, comes from all over the world, as do our clothes, cars, and even the bugs that sicken us.

Everything is connected. If we act as if we are living in a vacuum, we are imposing on ourselves a bogus disconnection and sever ourselves from life. That cannot make us happy. To be happy, we need to be connected in a positive way, where we support each other rather than the current prevailing mindset of stepping on each other’s toes.

It is an educational process that we have already started. Since we are reluctant to change our self-centered mindset, nature has imposed collective thinking on us using the coronavirus. If we take the process into our own hands, we will not need compulsory “lessons” from nature.

Besides making us happier and calmer, a balanced world of work, where we work as much as we need and dedicate the rest of our time to socializing and self-development, will benefit the world around us. Currently, we are overproducing everything in order to outdo our competitors and present good reports to companies’ shareholders. If we created only what we really needed, we would not deplete our world’s finite resources, we would not pollute the air, water, and soil, and we would not endanger our future and that of our children.

Education may sound like a frightening word, but it is basically about changing our preferences. As the anti-work movement shows, our values and preferences are already changing, but there is no reason why they should change through pain. If we teach ourselves about our mutual dependence and how we can help each other be happy, we will choose it voluntarily because it will be choosing a better life, and I believe we all want a better life.

“Joint Statement On Preventing Nuclear War And Avoiding Arms Races Is Empty Words” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Joint Statement on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races Is Empty Words

On January 3, the US, China, Russia, the UK, and France signed a statement that they will “consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.” The powers agreed that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.” Additionally, they concurred that “nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences,” hence they “affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war.” This statement is nothing but empty words, made for the regular folks, but even they will probably ignore it.

There is no substance behind the words. The only reason the leaders signed the declaration is to stay in power, keep robbing and stealing, and call it “leadership.”

But if they listened to me, they wouldn’t be rushing up that Olympus in any country. As I said when Biden took office, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes today, and look at what is happening in America.

In truth, we cannot blame the leaders for being that way. They were elected by the people, and this is what the people want to hear, so this is what the leaders are selling them. These leaders are ruthless because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be able to climb to the top of this mountain and become leaders.

If we want sincere intentions from our leaders, a sincere desire to end conflicts, we must change ourselves. Things will get better when we understand that in a time when everyone is connected and dependent on each other, we cannot expect people to change unless we all change.

We will change when we agree to re-educate ourselves, to “reprogram” ourselves from the violent and careless mode we are in today into a mode where we are considerate of each other because we know that otherwise none of us will survive. It’s clear that we don’t care about each other. However, if we understand that our lives depend on being considerate, since otherwise the all-out war will wipe us all out, then we will agree to act as if we care, and this behavior will change us.

The sooner we come to this realization, the less we will have to suffer in our present miserable state. Until then, leaders will continue to sign meaningless papers with empty pledges that no one believes or intends to keep.

“A Purposeless Life Is No Life At All” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “A Purposeless Life Is No Life At All

John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, nominated for an Oscar for Best documentary short subject for “Life Overtakes Me,” pose at a reception at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuon

A student of mine watched the film Life Overtakes Me, which tells the story of refugee children in Sweden who withdraw into a coma-like illness called “resignation syndrome” because of the uncertainties of their legal status. The student wondered how come children seem to “choose” death over life, although fear of death is purportedly the deepest, most primordial feeling.

This is where I think my student got it wrong: The fear of death is not the most fundamental fear, but rather the fear of life, or more correctly, the fear of life without a purpose!

The minute we live without a reason to live that is higher than life itself, we descend into a state that is below life. Animals have no such questions; they simply exist because they follow their instincts. Therefore, for them, existence is life.

Humans, on the other hand, need to know why they do what they do. Otherwise, they have no motivation to act, and all kinds of regressive phenomena occur, from substance abuse to depression, to resignation syndrome, and to suicide. The reason why suicide and other self-injurious behaviors are so common among humans and so rare among animals is that humans need a goal, a purpose in life, while animals do not. An aimless life is worse than death, so people prefer death to aimlessness.

Nevertheless, the feeling that we have no purpose in life is a powerful engine. It makes us question everything. Humanity’s greatest discoveries were made when people sought answers to life.

Today, people seem to have everything they need to lead a great life, but they have no reason to live. Therefore, they wonder what life is for.
This question is the most essential question one can ask, since the answer is not within us, but between us. The reason for our existence is our value in the network that comprises humanity. Each of us is a unique part in this network, and no one can fill the cavity created when one of us is missing. The greater our contribution to the strength of the net, the greater our value as individuals.

This is why today, sociologists and psychologists are discovering that the key to happiness is the quality of our social ties. Only when we have positive social ties, when each of us realizes his or her potential for the benefit of the entire human ecosystem, only then are we truly happy and at the same time contribute to our communities, our countries, and the world.

We can establish a balanced society, whose members are content and happy, yet do not exploit other people or the environment, only when each of us cares for others and we find our happiness in our connection with others, where we can realize our personal potential for the benefit of society and the entire world.

“We Ourselves Turn Emma Watson, Sally Rooney, And Others Against Us” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “We Ourselves Turn Emma Watson, Sally Rooney, and Others against Us

Emma Watson, Sally Rooney, and Roger Waters are only three of a long list of actors, musicians, authors, and artists of every kind and creed rooting for the Palestinians and calling for the boycott of Israel. How come they are all blaming us, Israel? Have we not stretched out our hand to them in peace countless times? Have we not offered to retreat from all the territories occupied in the 1967 Six Day War? Indeed we have. Did it help? No, it didn’t. Would it help if we gave up the land in its entirety? No, it wouldn’t. After all, they butchered Jews in 1921, 1929, 1936, and whenever they could before, in between, and after those dates of riots. What’s more, the Palestinians’ “best friend” was Adolf Hitler.

So why does the world care for the Palestinians and not for us? The answer is simple, yet counterintuitive: The world cares for them and not for us because we don’t care for one another. The world will care about the Jews when the Jews care about each other, and not a moment sooner.

We say that we want peace with the Palestinians, we sing about peace and pray for it, but we are not taking one step closer toward each other. Among ourselves, we are at each other’s throats, fighting for superiority and imbued with a sense of entitlement and righteous indignation against our brethren.

As just stated, we have tried every kind of peace offer possible, yet we have been turned down every time. Therefore, despite our inner divisions, it is time we examine what we are doing wrong toward each other instead of blaming the other side for not accepting our generous offers.

If we look into ourselves, we will find that the problem truly lies within us: It is the hatred among us. We cannot be in brotherhood with the Palestinians, and they will not want to be in brotherhood with us, until we are in brotherhood with one another. But once we are as brothers, the rest of the world will relate to us accordingly.

I realize that it may seem as though their sole wish is to drive us out of here, and I realize that they, too, feel that this is their true wish, but the Jewish people are unwanted everywhere they go not because they are trespassers, but because they are not true to their calling. The sole purpose of our existence is to serve as a model nation—a nation whose people rise above their rifts and form a union that transcends all divisions. When we achieve this, and there were times in our past when we did, we are the world’s darlings. When we fail to achieve it, and we usually fail, we are the world’s pariahs.

Therefore, we should not even try to break a crack through the world’s wall of hatred for the Jews; we will not succeed. Our efforts should focus solely on fostering good connections among ourselves. If we succeed, we will crack open every wall in the heart of every person in the world.

We can stop trying to “explain” our position, to prove that we are right, to claim that we, too, have a right to a sovereign country. No one is listening. But when we bond with each other, we will not need to explain anything to anyone; our merit will grant us everything we are currently demanding to have. What’s more, we will not need to explain it; it will be obvious to everyone, and everyone will befriend us.

Our books, our history, and our sages from every generation tell us that our only hope is unity. It is time we listened.

For more information on the merits of Jewish unity, look up my book The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism.

“When It Is Bad In The World, It Is Bad For Israel” (Times Of Israel)

Michael Laitman, On The Times of Israel: “When It Is Bad in the World, It Is Bad for Israel

When something bad happens in the world, no matter what, Jews can prepare to take the blame for it. In the end it somehow always comes, so there’s nothing to be surprised about every time. Just a few days ago, the founder of a Utah tech company emailed a number of colleagues and political leaders claiming that the Covid-19 vaccine was part of a plan by “the Jews” for the “systematic extermination of billions of people.”

The CEO of the Utah tech firm Entrata, David Bateman, had to resign his position after his conspiracy theory about the pandemic as part of a Jewish plot to “consolidate all the countries in the world under a single flag with totalitarian rule” triggered condemnation.

If we examine history, we see that the Jews have always been at the epicenter of the storm when the world was busy recovering from a blow. Even though it is not politically correct to say so out loud, the prevailing opinion in humanity is that the Jews run the world and its governments with all the money they have. And when it benefits them, Jews provoke wars and organize crises all over the world—all in their own self-interest, always pulling the strings and compelling others to work for them. At times when something seems to be beyond Jewish control, it is only because they have decided to give others the deceptive feeling, the little break. Even people who have never seen Jews feel that this is how the world is run.

Our own sources explain the origin of this perception: “No calamity comes to the world but for Israel,” our sages noted long ago. They made a direct connection between the quality of relations between Jews and world peace. As it is written, “We are commanded at each generation to strengthen the unity among us so our enemies do not rule over us.” (The Book of Consciousness)

We Jews should be united, connecting with each other according to the great rule, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Since this almost never happens, a blockage is created that hinders the flow of beneficial power into the world. At the same time, the power of evil constantly increases, and selfishness spreads. This negative balance is the cause of many problems, and much suffering is inflicted on humanity.

On the part of the great natural system, the good force in our world remains unrevealed, it stays hidden. Only through the Israeli nation can it be revealed, for we are by definition responsible for the world’s development and peace. As the Midrash Rabbah writes, “Israel bring light to the world.” (Song of Songs)

In Abraham’s time when we were properly connected, well-being flowed through us to the world, but since unfounded hatred destroyed our unity, this path has been blocked. This is why the world perceives us as the cause of all evil. Even if one does not understand how the system is structured, and even if the connection between the Jews and the resulting bad phenomena is not visible, it is instinctively clear to people that the Jews are to blame for every problem, from the life of the individual to the whole of humanity.

When will it stop? Never, unless we take action and change the quality of our relations. This is a law of nature. The negative attitude towards us will only increase until we treat each other with love and become like one man in one heart. Only in this state will the pipe that we are obstructing open its bounty, a positive force will come into the world and balance all evil. Humanity will begin to feel harmony, tranquility and serenity, and will enjoy a good life in reciprocity and reconciliation.

“A Letter To A Viewer Who Discovered That Everything Is A Lie” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “A Letter to a Viewer Who Discovered that Everything Is a Lie

Valentine, a frequent viewer of my shows with filmmaker Semion Vinokur, wrote him that lately, he has come to feel that everything is a lie: The government is lying, his bosses are lying, the media is lying, and there is no truth anywhere. He then asked how he can go on living when there is no one or nothing he can trust. He added that he has never felt it so acutely, and asked for my response.

Below is my response to Valentine:

Deceit and egoism are the nature of the world. In the beginning of our emotional and spiritual development, we do not feel it. Just as we do not tell little children that there are bad people with bad intentions in the world, but save that morose information until they grow and can handle it, nature does not reveal to us the depth of human selfishness and willingness to exploit every thing and every one. Therefore, the fact that you have made the discoveries you are describing means you have developed to the point where you are ready to reveal the true nature of the world — that egoism is the core of human nature.

When a person realizes this for the first time, he feels lost and does not know where to run. Some people take off to remote places like deserted islands where they can live alone and isolate themselves from the outside world. Others think that if they accrue wealth, they will secure their future and the future of their children. Neither will diminish the fear.

The reason we discover the true nature of the world is so we may ask about its meaning. First comes the realization that the world is built on egoism, then the question why it is built this way, and finally the realization that only recognizing who we are will prompt us to step out of selfishness and embrace a different, and genuinely kind nature.

The world is built the way it is so we may change it. Only when we realize how deeply we are all immersed in self-absorption will we want to change. The only way to make ourselves aware of this is to really make ourselves that way — selfish to the core — and then bring this truth to our awareness.

When we look at the world around us and see wickedness and cruelty, we must know that they are there for a reason. Even if we see political leaders whom we think are ruthless and mean, for example, we should not seek to remove them from office because those who will replace them will be even worse. Instead, we must keep in mind that any negativity we see, we see it so we may wish to rise above it toward caring for others and connection with them.

Improvement must begin with people understanding what is going on and why, and striving to build good ties with people, all people. If we change, the world will change with us. If we correct our hearts, our hearts will correct our perception and we will realize why everything happens and how we can help bring the world to balance.

“Only One Bad Thing About ‘Good Riddance Day’” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “Only One Bad Thing about ‘Good Riddance Day’

For the past fifteen years, every December 28, New Yorkers have been burning their past year’s woes on “Good Riddance Day” in Times Square. People write down their most embarrassing moments, biggest failures, worst regrets, and throw their notes into an incinerator. Casting away unpleasant moments and incidents sounds like a great idea, except it doesn’t work. On the contrary, rejecting the bad instead of embracing it in order to learn from it is the best way to guarantee its recurrence.

People are indeed suffering. The level of hatred and agony that we inflict on each other has become unbearable for many. Julia from England, for example, wants to burn away anger. “Everyone hates each other, and it’s brought out the worst in people,” she says. Like Julia, Celeste from Manhattan wants hatred to stop. “If I had to get rid of anything, it would just be the hate,” she says.

Neither they, nor anyone else who was in Times Square or participated virtually, since the event was broadcast around the world, will see their wishes fulfilled. The intentions are good, but this is not the right way to go about it.

If we want something to disappear, we must understand why it came in the first place. Everything happens for a good reason. If we ignore the reason, we cannot get rid of its result.

We cannot know why every single thing happens, but by and large, there is only one thing that causes all the bad things that happen to us. As Celeste noted, it is hate. Our hatred for each other is the culprit behind all the bad things that happen, behind the harm that we do to each other and to the environment.

However, we cannot simply choose not to hate. We must acknowledge that we feel hate, then jointly foster love and mutual concern that are more intense than the innate hatred that oozes out from the depth of our psyche.

The hatred and the anger that we see on the outside merely reflect our inner feelings. If we cultivate among us opposite feelings from the ones we see around us, they will percolate inside us and mitigate the hatred that we all emit.

It must be a joint, concerted effort. Only by working together can we subdue such a formidable nemesis as human egoism. Alone, we are defenseless against it. But if realize that hatred is the culprit, and if we join hands in building love above all our differences, chasms, and hostilities, then we will make the year that has just begun, and all the years that follow, a truly good year, with much to be grateful for, and little to want to bid good riddance.

“What Happens When Everything Is Skin-Deep” (Linkedin)

My new article on Linkedin “What Happens When Everything Is Skin-Deep

When you do not see the person beyond the skin, you do not see the person. Instead of worrying about who people are, they need to think about how they feel about each other.

When you look at today’s American society and the ideas it is trying to install in people’s minds, you realize that something is seriously wrong with it. When under the guise of “liberalism,” one can determine one’s gender identity according to what one “feels inside,” without even undergoing any medical procedure, and, according to ACLU, “government agencies that serve the public cannot stop you from using the restroom or other sex-segregated facility that matches your gender identity, or ask you to provide ID to prove your gender in order to use a restroom or other sex-segregated facility,” things cannot go right. It is simply not natural.

But it isn’t only gender identity issues that plague American society. The obsessive occupation with identity politics leaves no room in people’s hearts and minds to actually see the human beings behind the categories where we place them.

The preoccupation with people’s skin and identity started a long time ago, but it accelerated over the past decade or so. Along with the intensification of the ego, various distortions of society overtook common sense. Take the participation of transgenders in women’s sports, for example. In the name of transgender rights, women’s rights are being crushed and trampled. I don’t see how this can end well.

I have no magic formula to cure this situation, but it seems to me that one of America’s problems is that it never experienced a revolution, not in the real sense of the word. I am not referring to a revolution like the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 Russia. In those days, the Russians were completely unprepared for a revolution and the results were accordingly miserable.

Rather, when I speak of a revolution, I mean an ideological transformation that the entire nation undergoes. Take the French Revolution, for example, or similar processes that took place in England or Germany, in various forms, and you will see what I mean.

If you cannot go beyond skin-deep, it leaves you with nothing but obsession about people’s skin color. This attitude then radiates to every aspect of people’s lives. Instead of thinking about connecting with others, they focus on power over others, which makes them obsess over wealth and power. This is why America’s God is the dollar.

In order to grow, people’s hearts must be shaken to the core. Their values must be challenged and they must rethink everything they think is right. Changes may be frightening, but they are an inseparable part of maturation.

Once people learn to see reality from more than just one angle, they develop a more serious and moderate attitude to life, and especially to other people. Otherwise, their worldview remains unchanged, unchallenged, and they cannot think about anything other than superficial (and divisive) labels or accruing wealth in order to gain power, not realizing that beyond the provision of necessities, more money will not make them happier.

In the end, excessive power makes people lonely, and loneliness makes people sad. This contradicts life’s purpose, which is to be happy.

Therefore, I think it is time for America to go back to the basics. People need to be who they are because they are fine the way they are. Instead of worrying about who they are, they need to think only about how they feel about each other.