Entries in the 'Quora' Category

“What’s Your Secret To A Happy Life?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What’s your secret to a happy life?

My secret to a happy life is to be in balance with nature, to feel that I pose no interference to nature and to other people, and to try and be an organic part of the world so that people receive positive examples from me on how to interact with each other and with the world.

Based on “Meetings with Kabbalah” on July 29, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Does Happiness Mean To You?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness means being in balance with nature on the still, vegetative, animate and human levels.

When you are in balance with all levels of nature, then you feel something special, the highest level of balance, which is called “happiness.”

Balance with nature is when we feel that we are in a vast system, feeling how we affect it and how it affects us.

In other words, the peaceful and harmonious realization of our interdependence is the key to our happiness. The peaceful and harmonious realization of our interdependence equates to our balance with nature. They are one and the same. Moreover, balance with nature includes several additional qualities and forces that we have yet to discover.

Based on Kab TV’s “News with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman” on July 29, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Is The Thing That One Can Take From This Life To The Next Life?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the thing that one can take from this life to the next life?

The one thing we can take from this life into the next life is the effort to positively connect with others that we made in this life.

We exist in a shattered soul that is in a process of gradual unification. Thus, only those efforts to aid the process of our unification as a single soul, over our several incarnations, remain in our next lives, accumulating to our eventual unification as a single force and system.

Based on “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on August 18, 2019.

“Why Is It That When The Powerful Use Force It Is Called “Self-Defense” And When The Weak Use Force It Is Called “Terrorism”?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why is it that when the powerful use force it is called “self-defense” and when the weak use force it is called “terrorism”?

The question is built incorrectly from the beginning. Terrorism involves the use of violence toward the peaceful population, which is in essence not guilty of anything. Terrorism is used precisely to kill innocent people. On the other hand, the force that a government uses is used against the army of the opponent, i.e. an army against an army. In our egoistic world, even this is considered “ethical” and correct. It differs from cases when terror organizations use force against citizens who are guilty of nothing besides the fact that they are ordinary people.

That is why, unquestionably, terrorism has no place and no justification in human society. The issue here is not power or weakness, but against whom the force is directed. If it is directed against citizens, this is called “terrorism,” whereas if it is directed against an army, then it is called “war.” War has its own forces and laws. Of course, it is undesirable, but one way or another, we consider these to be lawful and fitting into specific boundaries. The tragedy is that terrorist groups make it their goal to hurt the civilian population, and in this regard they should receive a warning from humanity. Terrorism should disappear from the map of 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.

“Do You Know The Connection Between Politics And Violence?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Do you know the connection between politics and violence?

The problem is in the fact that human development is driven by egoism, which is the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature. Egoism is human nature and it is why we cannot perform any actions unless they come from our egos.

Accordingly, the connection between politics and violence is that in politics we use the same laws and the same goals, except we place them within the confines of a certain legitimacy, which we can continue to maintain in the future. In other words, politics is simply the continuation of the power of the fist. Until humanity’s approach to life and organization of international relations changes from egoistic to altruistic, we will be unable to perform any political action that is not forced. Only an altered approach to humanity as to a single global integrated organism will change reality such that politics will become global. After all, we are in a small global village.

In this case, decisions will be made by a government that envelops the world under the influence of intentions that are directed toward the good of progress and the good of the existence of the world, just like a live organism. Then, every person will receive a position from this “head” of the world. By doing so, we will divide the burden among everyone so that every person will know that their part is determined by the fact that they need to contribute their share to the world precisely in such a way, in order for the world to live in peace.

We will all live and prosper, and achieve not even just our material life—we will merit another level of living, the infinite spiritual flow of nature. We will take care not only of material life, our bodies, but also our souls. We will be able to ascend to such a level on condition that we will reach an altruistic life.

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

“Can We Be Indigenous In The 21st Century?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can we be indigenous in the 21st century?

Nature will not let us remain indigenous in the 21st century. It increasingly develops us through suffering.

Nature will prod us with such great suffering that we will have to realize our egoism—the desire to enjoy at the expense of others and nature—as the source of our problems and crises. If we want to be saved from impending crises and disasters, which threaten us and our entire existence, then we will have to get rid of our egoism and reach completely different altruistic connections.

The difference between a disharmonious and harmonious existence comes not from technological and industrial development, but from ascending from the egoistic level of our interrelationships to the altruistic level.

We will then understand that the world is a unified system and that we belong to a single organism and are obligated to treat each other correspondingly. Accordingly, we will create a human being who is truly cultured, educated, wonderful and modern—in a whole new sense to how we currently understand those terms.

If we are still egoistic relative to each other and each one still has self-aimed consideration, then it means that without a doubt we are still stuck in our respective caves.

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

“Is There A Value In Resisting A New Technology Which, While Potentially Harmful In The Short Term, Could Save Millions Of Lives In The Future?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Is there a value in resisting a new technology which, while potentially harmful in the short term, could save millions of lives in the future?

We can evaluate the essence of science exclusively by its goal. If, as is being discovered today, the goal is harmful to us, then we cannot use and develop it. In any field, we cannot excuse ourselves by saying that possibly, in the future, we will use what we now make for positive causes. If we already use it for harm, then it means that we should not use it. Such is the law: an object should be judged according to the form in which it becomes revealed, and not by the distant future.

Therefore, if any technology inflicts harm or can be used for harm today—then we should not develop it. There will be nothing righteous about it. Only if we change ourselves correspondingly and can be assured of its beneficial use should we start developing it. There is nothing special about developing science simply because it is science. Instead, everything needs to develop according to the benefit it can provide humanity. Laws, factors and premises are inherently placed in nature. But since we take everything from nature in the ready form, we should thus take the ready stock only to the degree that we will be able to use it for humanity’s benefit. On the other hand, if it is for humanity’s detriment, then there is no need for it.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“What Are Some Ways You Or The Masses Can Get Manipulated Over The Internet?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are some ways you or the masses can get manipulated over the internet?

We generally do not feel that we are being manipulated through the Internet. However, there is constant monitoring of the sites we visit, our desires, and the spheres of our interests. Of course, we will still see how we can be manipulated and used via such a medium. It so happens with all of our conducts, which become used egoistically in order to advertise to us and lead us to places where we buy the products they offer us.

All such workings eventually lead us to realize the evil of our egoistic nature, and the need to change our egoism. If we change the ego, inverting it to its opposite altruistic form, then problems such as manipulation through the Internet, as well as a whirlpool of other problems we experience on personal, social, economic and ecological scales, will disappear as if they never existed.

We thus need to focus only on changing our nature from egoistic to altruistic, from a connection that is negative to one that is positive. Such a transformation is possible because we have the strength, the wisdom and the method to impact this change. This is a wisdom and method of connection, which has recently become revealed to the world, and through it, we can truly perform the required changes. Sooner or later humanity will reveal this wisdom and use it. However, we try to accelerate its expansion throughout humanity in order for the world to suffer less.
Based on a Q&A with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman on September 9, 2006. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“How Does Culture Influence Us Negatively?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How does culture influence us negatively?

Without any connection to how the general culture influences a person, the result of being parts of a culture that values materialism and consumerism is that it gives us a heightened sensation of emptiness, which leads us into more and more problems like depression, loneliness, stress, anxiety, drug abuse, suicide, extremism and crises in families and in our upbringing. The negative effects of living in such a culture generally leads us to a global crisis, and we could even reach such states as a Third or Fourth World War, or the threat of annihilation resulting from an ecological or nuclear catastrophe.

We are developing to a whole new peaceful and harmonious state of existence, but on the way there we need to experience our egoistic nature as an evil and negative force. It is undesirable to feel this realization of our egoistic nature as evil through suffering. On the contrary, it is desirable to reveal our ego as evil by means of a specific form of education and awareness.

However, for the time being, we are developing from a smaller ego to a bigger one, and from small pains to greater suffering. Nature is purposefully formulating a menacing feeling and environment around us so that, whether we want it or not, we would feel that our egos are the source of the evil that evokes all problems and suffering in our lives. Through such a realization, we will discover that egoism itself functions in order to compel us to see its evil and to annul our drive to serve it.

In the same token, there is also a possibility for a short, positive and painless path to a peaceful and harmonious world not via suffering, but via the realization of evil. We can do so only with the help of disseminating the wisdom about how nature works on all of its levels—still, vegetative, animate, and of course, human—and how to achieve the final state nature is guiding us toward peacefully and harmoniously. It is possible and much more desirable to achieve a change of human nature by means of awareness and connection-enriching education instead of by suffering.

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 The Decent People Of The World Help Each Other While The Actions Of Their Leadership Are Self-Serving And Internationally Divisive?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How can the decent people of the world help each other while the actions of their leadership are self-serving and internationally divisive?

The decent people of the world still need to understand what true decency is and what the true benefit of the world is—exclusively altruistic actions, directed toward humanity’s unification as a single organization and system.

This is how we exist under the laws of nature. We currently do not follow these laws, which is the reason for our suffering.

If we would understand that the laws of nature are altruistic, and that we are moved by our inner ego and need to thus rise above it and unite with the general nature, by doing so, we would organize our worldwide unification into a single humanity and a new civilization.

We would then create a force that counteracts the current egoistic rule over the world, and there would remain no way out for them, i.e. they would have no one left over which to rule. They would also have to change and gradually accept people into the government who take care of humanity’s benefit. This is how we can reach an altruistic form of governance that would govern the world purely for its benefit.

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