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Why Should I Forgive?

546.03Question: Lyudmila writes to us: “I don’t know how to forgive. I also believe that any action should be punishable. But if I could forgive, I think it would be much easier emotionally. Can we learn to forgive?”

Answer: We can learn to forgive only if we understand the evilness of our nature.

Once I realize what I am: an egoist, forgetting about others, never paying back with kindness, and so on and so forth, then I come to a state where I cause all the negative effects upon myself. Thus, I have no one to forgive. I just need to have good thoughts about others.

Comment: What you just said: “I cause negative effects upon myself.” It sounds a little scary.

My Response: Of course, I cause it. How else? With my egoistic nature, I turn the whole of nature against myself. Therefore, it follows that I need to change myself, to at least want to change myself even if it is not possible to accomplish anything. And then everything will change. The world is actually all about the relations between us.

Question: So I am beginning to understand that criminals are all inside me?

Answer: Of course.

Comment: As soon as I change that, everything will change around me?

Answer: It all depends on me.

Question: Will this formula work if I truly understand that I need to change and then everything around me will change?

Answer: It does not change instantly, at will. But it does change.

Question: Given that there is such a process, will humanity have no choice but to follow it?

Answer: Humanity must be convinced first of all that there is no other way. Only then will it follow this process exclusively.
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From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/24/21

“What Is Truth And Who Determines It?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is truth and who determines it?

Today, we accept different values such as truth and falseness as models and standards. However, they are relative. Today’s falseness can appear as tomorrow’s truth, and vice versa. It depends on our egoistic development. The more we develop, the deeper we peer into the nature around us and into ourselves. That is why there is nothing absolute in nature or in us. Instead, everything depends on the degree of development. It is thus impossible to determine what is good or bad, true or false, as it is all relative.

However, if we bear witness to the general and absolute law of nature, which exists outside of us, and if we see it not relative to us, i.e. not determined by the egoistic person who is undergoing development, but as the law that exists before us in the surrounding nature, then we will accordingly also discover the absolute truth. Likewise, we will not err. On the contrary, according to these new standards, we will be able to further develop our attitude and an approach that is balanced with nature. As a result, our development will become positive, desirable and directed at humanity’s benefit.

This is how, in essence, the knowledge of the general law of nature and its realization—which comes not from the human ego, but from the desire to become balanced, to achieve harmony with this general law—is the reason for everything that is good. Thanks to such knowledge, we will reach a good life and will discover truth and falseness in their absoluteness.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Where Did We Go Wrong As A World?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Where did we go wrong as a world?

We went wrong by thinking we could achieve a harmonious and peaceful life by means of the ego.

For around 5,000 years, since the time of ancient Babylon, we have been developing egoistically. We think that we will achieve happiness via developments of technology, economics, culture and education. However, we are majorly mistaken in such thinking, and in our times, we see what we have built is crumbling. We will soon reach a state where we will stop dreaming about technical development leading us to anything positive.

How, then, can we stop ourselves and avoid reaching great disasters? The solution lies in the development of human consciousness. Together with the growing understanding of the end of egoistic development, and its negative manifestations, we need to also learn what the laws of nature are, without philosophizing or theorizing about them. We need to understand that, in essence, humanity’s salvation lies in the knowledge of the general law of nature, its use and realization.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Why Is Mass Media Bad?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is mass media bad?

Nothing in the world is bad or good. Everything depends on its use. This is why we can say that our means of information and communication were developed by the human ego in order for us to now understand that we need to develop them for humanity’s benefit.

The problem is not whether mass media is bad or good. Mass media’s good or bad influence depends on how it is used.

Who benefits from mass media? Does humanity benefit, according to the general law of nature, or does it benefit primarily the interests of its owners, to raise their ratings and increase their earnings?

This is the problem of mass media. In essence, it has the capability to help establish positive connections among human society, but instead it is used to divide people. Consequently, today, mass media is used in the worst way possible. This is why, on one hand, we cannot tolerate mass media, and on the other hand, we feel that life is impossible without it. Sometimes, mass media acts positively, for instance, when it criticizes certain behaviors and events well. As a rule, however, mass media leads to negative outcomes, because it is enacted by the ego of those at its reins.

If mass media would start functioning for the sake of humanity’s common benefit, where it would communicate the importance of building a new altruistic and positively connected world, then certainly, mass media would start playing a positive role in human society. We would then need mass media, and value it for bettering the world.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

If It Weren’t For The Anti-Semites…

962.7Question from Facebook: Would Israel be the way it is today if there were no anti-Semites and no Holocaust?

Answer: If there were no anti-Semites and no Holocaust, no Jew would come to Israel. They would settle peacefully all over the world with great pleasure and forget that they are Jews because after the shattering and the fall into egoism, they don’t want to be part of a unique group at all.

Israel exists only thanks to anti-Semitism and the fact that there is hatred toward the Jews in the world, because even if they don’t know it, they carry the seed of the attribute of love of others and of bestowal. It is actually thanks to the hatred that the egoistic world feels toward the Jews that the state of Israel emerged.

It is anti-Semitism and the hate of Jews that sustains the state of Israel, and I would even say they are responsible for its prosperity, because the more the Jews are pressured, the more they begin to awaken and move.
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From KabTV’s “Answers to Questions from Facebook” 3/10/19

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“What Is Today’s Most Important Unreported Story?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is today’s most important unreported story?

Humanity began its development in ancient Babylon. That is where egoism had flared up in humanity for the first time. Back then, together with the upshot of egoism, the wisdom of Kabbalah started becoming revealed. It is a wisdom that speaks of how to tame egoism and bring it to balance with nature. However, since humanity did not take this path, but continued developing egoistically, the wisdom of Kabbalah was concealed until the end of humanity’s development. This is what was written about it even over 5,000 years ago in the ancient sources.

In our era, through all kinds of formations and problems, humanity has reached the end of egoistic development. We now see how erroneous and incorrect egoistic development has been. Now we once again merit seeing the end of the path that we began back then, when we failed to accept the method of how to achieve balance with nature. After 5,000 years, we have reached the maximal growth of the ego, and see the extent to which we erred throughout the course of our development. We thus find ourselves in the same state that we were in back then: The wisdom of Kabbalah is again becoming revealed, and with its help, we can regain balance with nature—but this time on the maximal level of our egoistic development.

In the past, we were able to balance our development and start gradually developing together with the growing ego, balancing ourselves with nature in mutual love. However, we wanted to take a different path, and we thus built the Tower of Babel. Sources allegorically narrate on how we wanted to “reach the heavens” egoistically, and that is when people stopped understanding each other, progressed in hatred toward each other, and settled in different countries around the world.

Today, we see that this did not help. We nevertheless belong to a single humanity, one group that has settled all over the globe. However, we are still the same small system, the same Babylonian civilization, only we have grown to reach the size of eight billion people. This does not matter, since we are nevertheless obligated to carry out the law of balance with nature of which the wisdom of Kabbalah speaks. This is why Kabbalah is so in demand today and why it is now becoming revealed to everyone: in order to show humanity how it is really possible to achieve balance with nature, and a peaceful and harmonious life.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Why Is So Much Of The World’s Food Bad In Quality?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is so much of the world’s food bad in quality?

Our food cannot be of a good and natural sort because we strive to feed the entire world, billions of people. As a result, we are compelled to develop different genetic forms so that our food will not spoil quickly, and despite being separated from nature, will taste similar to natural food. This is why most of our food contains different genetic additives, and much of its flavors and smells are artificial.

As a result of this, we also observe an accelerated growth of the new generation. Why does it grow so fast, with different deviations, and differ so much from the previous generation? It is because we eat food with several genetic additives and alterations. On the other hand, however, unfortunately we have no other solution. We are obliged to act in such a way in order to feed and deliver unspoiled food to billions of people.

We have no way out until humanity will change its approach to life, so that we will take more care of ourselves, of the value of our lives instead of pursuing how to increase our earnings through so much of our activities. We will then be able to stop genetics from participating in the preparation of our food. Precisely the transformation of human consciousness from egoism to the general benefit of society will also lead to changes in the area of preparing delicious and healthy food. As usual, the human ego is the root of the problem in terms of the food we eat, and also the unhealthy, harmful and toxic products so many of us advertise to each other. Behind such activity is the desire to profit at the expense of others.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

How Can We Distinguish Between Egoistic Desires And Altruistic Desires?

600.01Question from Facebook: How can we distinguish between egoistic desires that I have and altruistic desires? Very often the ego takes on different forms so it is difficult to understand whether my thoughts and actions are predetermined.

Answer: Altruism is different from egoism only in the fact that you want to be in good relations with others in order to attain the Creator by this good connection. There are no other definitions. Everything else besides the small connection in the group that is aimed at attaining the resemblance to the Creator according to the principle “love thy friend as thyself” is egoism.

Question: Is altruism good or bad?

Answer: Altruism is the desire to do everything for another person, to determine what he lacks and to fill this deficiency.
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From KabTV’s “Answering Questions from Facebook” 3/10/19

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“Are There Ecological Limits To Economic Growth?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Are there ecological limits to economic growth?

The question is inapplicable because even before we achieve a certain techno-ecological limit of development, humanity will destroy itself in a Third World War. It is impossible to reach the limit of technical development, because we evoke much greater problems with our thoughts and our incorrect attitudes toward each other. This is why there is no ecological limit to economic development.

In general, the ecological problem is not caused by our technical or technological development, but only by the development of the ego and its inherent evil. This is why the only possible salvation here is for us all to understand that we belong to a single body, to a single global system, that we are interconnected and interdependent, and thus we are obligated to take care of each other. As soon as we understand that we belong to a single system, one organism—at that very moment, all of our problems will be over with. We will then experience nature’s treatment of us as positive and wonderful, to the same extent that we treat each other in such a way.

The principle is very simple: The worse we treat each other, the worse nature will treat us; and the better we treat each other, the better nature will treat us.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Is It Possible For Humans To Imagine Creating A World Without Bloodshed?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is it possible for humans to imagine creating a world without bloodshed?

Changes in human society, politics, the economy, and other fields, without bloodshed, are possible exclusively by means of one principle: we should gradually change people’s outlook, public opinion, to counterbalance the modern egoistic politics. Thanks to the formation of an altruistic public opinion, where we prioritize benefiting others over self-benefit, we will change the way power acts toward us from egoistic to altruistic.

As a result of spreading knowledge of the need to prioritize benefiting others over self-benefit, authorities will change their opinion and direction. It will be difficult, but public opinion is capable of doing such wonders. In the end, everything depends on the knowledge of the masses. This is why before a change in governance, there must first be dissemination, preparation and education of the world in such a manner.

There is no point in waiting for authorities to change, or in turning to them so that they change something. They are solely concerned with their power. Their change will only come about by means of changing public opinion.

Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.