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What if the Universe Were Different?

627.2The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be (Douglas Adams).

Question: Why does a person think that what is happening around him is normal? He is born with this perception and he has no initial urge to change it.

Answer: How can it be changed? I remember when I was a child I was very fond of astronomy and when I was in class I would gaze at the sky. It aroused genuine interest in me and attracted me. I didn’t see anything in it that would repel or threaten. On the contrary, I was very grateful to nature, to the sky, for being able to look and see our states in it.

Question: But only a small percentage of people ask themselves why everything is created this way and not otherwise. Why do most people perceive this as the norm?

Answer: Firstly, because this is the norm and nothing else exists. You can of course, imagine anything like it is done in science fiction. But in principle, this is the norm and we live in it. We exist the way we do because everything is created in accordance with us and we are created in accordance with what we see. If there were another universe, we would be different.

So we will live for now, develop as much as possible, and then we will see. No matter how much we fantasize, nothing else is given to us and nothing will change so quickly.. Therefore, I do not see rationality in resisting the nature in which you, your brains, or your feelings are created. And based on this, how will you resist it? It doesn’t work.

Question: Is fantasy good?

Answer: Fantasy is good, but when it is within the scope of self-control. If I had any opportunities to go beyond the boundaries of nature and from there try to change something, myself, nature itself, or both of these parameters, nature and myself, it would be a different matter. But if I can’t go beyond these boundaries, what is there to talk about? This is truly fantasy.
From KabTV’s “Kabbalah Express” 4/29/22

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Can We Change Ourselves?

294.3Question: Kabbalists talk about this concept of building a society where everyone is united. How do they envision it?

Answer: First of all, we must fully recognize the evil of egoism. But once we realize this, what then?

Let’s say I understand that there is nothing in the world but evil. Can I replace it with an opposite quality?! After all, there is either a force of attraction or a force of repulsion. We are either giving or receiving. Can I work in a mode of giving instead of receiving? No this is our nature.

But it turns out that there is a force in nature that can change us into the opposite and simply transform us. Today I work only in the receiving mode: where, what, and how to receive. Not to mention, I want to do it more comfortably, more cheaply, with less effort and while giving less and receiving more because this is the formula for my whole life and my activity at every level: physiological, mental, spiritual, whatever.

Can I really change myself? Yes. There is a force in nature that created egoism. It can have such an effect on us that it will change us toward the opposite direction. And suddenly, instead of always acting according to the formula “give less and take more,” we will begin to live according to another formula: “The connection between us is the most important thing and it determines all my actions.”

That is, my actions will be aimed at being as connected as possible with others, not receiving for myself, and uniting with everyone. At the same time, I will discover myself and the whole of nature as one single entity. And if this single whole is not connected together, then it will become more and more destructive and eventually destroy me just like cancer destroys the body.

If I understand this clearly, I will have no option but to find a way to change myself and connect with others. Now, when we are approaching a global catastrophe and because the whole world is externally connected and everyone depends on each other, we are simply obliged to do this.

And here Kabbalah becomes revealed, saying: “There is such a force in nature. This is the same force that created your egoism and keeps influencing it. It can affect your ego and make such an inversion instantly. If you understand that you have to be interconnected with others through good connections, this force will do all the work for you. How? Here’s a methodology for you.”

Then we will really be able to change the nature of man. Not ourselves or any political dictatorships, but the force that we invoke. We see this in the example of the Kabbalists who have been putting this into practice for many generations.

Today we are approaching a state where it can be done by all of humanity. And In this lies our bright future.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Gene of Altruism” 9/19/10

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Fighting For The Revelation Of Kindness!

271Question: What advice would you give to a leader or a manager who feels a desire for power? What should he do?

Answer: They should decide to conduct elections only according to the criterion of kindness and love of the candidate for power: what he wants to do, what kind of good deeds, and how he wants to fill the space subordinate to him with his love.

Comment: Usually he has an entire list of things he wants to do.

My Response: No! The list will not help here. It is necessary to constantly check his management:, every day, every week, every month, and every year. If it is not according to these criteria, he should be dismissed immediately.

And behind him there is a queue of people who will fight for kindness! A queue of people who want to show the power of love in relation to society.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 3/22/22

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“Some Good Thoughts For The Coming Week”

Dr. Michael LaitmanFrom My Facebook Page Michael Laitman 2/20/22

Every deficiency, lack, or negativity we feel, every worry we experience, and every concern in our hearts, are only the results of the severance of the loving connections we once had with one another. This is why the only way to correct anything in our lives and in the world around us is to restore and improve our human connections.

When we move toward connection rather than toward separation and hostility, as is the case today, everything that seems threatening, menacing or empty, every ache in our hearts and every pain in our bodies will become positive, filled with joy, connection, and love. All we have to think about is changing our relationships from hostility to friendship.

Because we are different, we are stronger together and weaker apart. When we care for one another, the differences between us complement each other to form a whole, and wholesome society. When we are apart, they weaken us. This is why we needn’t try to make everyone the same, but rather caring, and leave our views and characters as they are. Then, the whole world will find its peace and harmony.

Photo by: Baruch Ratz

New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations

New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel

How can organizations ensure that employees at every level feel important and appreciated? While hierarchy is necessary, it can lead to comparison, competition, and separation between higher, middle, and lower workers. These obstacles can be overcome if everyone is included in working together toward a common goal.

Management should hold regular talks to emphasize that mutual benefit can be achieved only through the efforts and participation of every worker and all will prosper through working together. All are equal participants toward accomplishing the goal, and even simple work is essential. We are all mutually dependent, each one does their part for the good of the whole, and recognizes the value of each one’s unique contribution. Everyone is responsible for creating an environment where everyone is valued, where each one is greeted as a friend by all the others.

Upon entering the gate of the workplace, each one should peel off all their shells and enter with a warm heart and uplifted spirits for having been granted the opportunity to work together in common purpose.
This summary was written and edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman
From KabTV’s “New Life 1328 – Rank Discrepancy In Organizations,” 12/19/21

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Hatred Is An Opportunity To Show Love

504Question: How should we respond when someone attacks us, shouts at us, accuses us and makes us feel very bad?

Answer: This can be seen as an opportunity to connect with this person in a beautiful, higher, more corrected, and complete manner.

Question: Is hatred an opportunity?

Answer: Hatred is an opportunity to show the other side—love.

Question: Do we reach this through correct education or only through spiritual attainment?

Answer: Through education and many exercises.
From KabTV’s “Conversation with Journalists” 12/2/21

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“Protestant Americans Becoming Unaffiliated Is Not Good News For America” (Medium)

Medium published my new article “Protestant Americans Becoming Unaffiliated Is Not Good News for America

According to a recently published Pew research, in 2007, 78% of Americans identified as Christians. Now, in 2021, that number is down to 63%. At the same time, the share of Americans who identify as having no religion (nones) went from 16% to 29%. When you look at the Christian population, you will find that the share of Catholics in America has changed very little, and the vast majority of Christians who become nones comes from Protestant denominations.

Taking into consideration that this development is not a result of a revolution, but a gradual and voluntary trend, I think it is a problem. It is a deflection from the spirit of the founders of the nation, and quite a rapid one at that. If religion becomes a matter of culture, without any commitments to certain codes of conduct, it will not be good for America.

Religion used to give people a sense of belonging and a purpose. It gave them a moral code and a system of rules by which to behave at home, at work, and everywhere throughout their lives. People would learn the laws of their religion at childhood, and would continue with them through their lives. It was the people’s “philosophy” of life.

Religion no longer gives people any of that, so they leave. For the most part, as the survey shows, they do not leave for anywhere in particular. They don’t venture into other religions, at least not yet, but rather away from their own faith, and often away from faith altogether.

Today’s young people do not need religion; there are no advantages in it for them. In Russia, the authorities are reviving religion after decades of being stymied under the Soviet regime. They are doing it to keep people in check, so they do not go too far to the extreme Left or the extreme Right. Instead, religion is used to manipulate the public and control it.

But America is not Russia. Americans do not feel about religion what the Russians feel, and so the whole structure is crumbling.

Ironically, the only part of life where religion can still give answers that people might want to hear is death. We are all afraid of it, and religion has comforting answers. Because contemporary life offers no comfort over the passing of our loved ones or the fear of our own demise, we suppress the fear through distractions. Video games, online broadcasts, movies, and other forms of entertainment are taking the place of religion. But for those who still believe in the afterlife, religion offers a welcome comfort.

Previously, religious centers also served as community centers where people would gather for community meals or to celebrate holidays. But today, people keep more to themselves and have no interest in community life. We have become very materialistic; everything is a bargain, a give and take relationship. People want to see immediate results, and religion does not offer it. At best, it provides a soothing promise of a good future in the afterlife, but fewer people need it as a source of comfort, so religion is losing its appeal.

The ebb and flow of people moving into religion and out of it will continue, and it will eventually lead people to ask about the meaning of life. They will begin to ask “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and they will have to answer these questions or they will find no reason to live, no meaning in their lives. It is already happening in the younger generation, and it will continue to expand across all age groups.

Once they come to that point, they will find that the meaning of life is not in comforting answers about the afterlife or in imagining a world where everyone follows the strict rules of one particular God of one particular religion. Instead, they will find the meaning of life here and now, among us, in nurturing mutual concern and care for one another. People will find meaning in giving and helping, rather than in taking and defeating others. They will fill their hearts with love for others, and love itself will be the meaning of their lives.

Granted, it is a process, and we are not there yet. At the moment, matters seem to be growing darker, but isn’t it always the darkest right before the dawn?

The Impact Of Humanity On Volcanic Eruptions

962.4Question: Is there a connection between volcanic eruptions and relations between people?

Answer: We are all in one system on all the levels of still, vegetative, animate, and speaking nature so whatever happens on one level affects all other levels. People on the speaking level have the greatest impact. If their relations are imbalanced, negative energies that stem from them affect all other levels.

Question: Does the feeling of hatred attract energy that causes accumulative harm to the world?

Answer: Of course. Because everything is energy, feeling, attitude.

Question: Experts who speak about the emission of greenhouse gasses claim that the climate crisis requires man to change as well. What is the change that needs to take place on the human level?

Answer: A change in relations between people. If people change, the calm, balanced, and good connection they will bring to the world will impact all levels of nature: the still, the vegetative, and the animate. Man is responsible for everything, “His hand will be upon all, and everyone’s hand upon him.”
From KabTV’s “Conversation with Journalists” 10/28/21

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Children Must Play Together

503.02Comment: More and more adolescents suffer from depression, hyperactivity, and sleeping problems these days, which means that more and more children are less happy.

According to psychologists, this is because children do not have the opportunity to play anymore, it is not about computer games, but about games that we used to play in the past like hide and seek and tag, games that help kids develop important skills.

My Response: These games develop communication between children, which is a crucial phase in their development and growth. It happens through games because the whole world is a game. We always play, but different games. But when a person is at home and does not communicate with others, he will grow up to be an ugly person in the human sense. He will not be able to communicate with people.

Children will grow up to be miserable because they have no natural, normal communication with their peers. We will not be able to do anything about this because it is simply impossible to replace communication with anything else.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 11/18/21

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A Teacher Is Just Below God

504Question: Who is today’s teacher?

Answer: A person who teaches our children to read and write.

Question: Is this what should be expected of a teacher to teach today?

Answer: I don’t see any teacher teaching anything else.

Question: What would you like a teacher to teach?

Answer: It should be a different question. If I want a teacher to teach something else, society has to be different and parents have to be different. They should know what children lack and need to learn in life, and so, parents should also educate them. A teacher is a public representative who should educate the public, the new generation, correctly.

Question: What should a teacher’s salary be?

Answer: It should be the highest possible. No other profession is more important than teaching.

Question: And compared to a doctor?

Answer: A doctor is less. A doctor cares for the body while a teacher helps students develop their soul.

Question: How should parents relate to teachers?

Answer: With respect. A teacher is just below God because he teaches us how to relate to God. A teacher is a guide, he is the one who opens and teaches about the correct attitude to society, to life and death, to everything. A teacher is actually the representative of the upper force here in this world.
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