Set against the backdrop of a multifaceted global crisis that is worsening every day, and the waves of anti-Semitism that are growing stronger by the hour, one person is offering an improbable solution, which may just be the most logical one yet.Into Truth is a film that anyone who cares about the Jewish people should watch today. Trailing Kabbalah teacher, Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman, it is the fruit of five years of exclusive documentation, painting a picture that shatters conventions and crosses borders. More than a personal portrait, it is a riddle, a rare preview into a world view that calls for a reevaluation of the Israeli-Jewish identity and the familiar beliefs we were raised on.
We live in a dualistic world. Every quality we can observe has its corresponding opposite, i.e., left and right, men and women, darkness and light, etc. Therefore, according to this natural division, people are defined as optimists and pessimists. One single person also can be both optimistic and pessimistic in different proportions.
Why do we need something to have its opposite? Wouldn’t it be better if everyone was just optimistic?
Even though the research says that optimists succeed faster and live longer, humanity has to be varied. This goes even beyond dualism. When we are listening to a symphony or look at a mosaic, the differences are what make them beautiful and unique.
The same goes for us. Currently, because of existing negative attitudes between us, our differences became the reason for rejections and unpleasant arguments. However, if in the near future, humanity learns how to rise above its negative relationships, we will all be able to see the beauty of our differences as they will complement each other, enriching the connection between us, making it harmonious. When optimists, pessimists and all people of different backgrounds and views come together, they will create a form that fits nature, thus bringing the world into balance.
Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Prof. Stephen Bronner, co-director of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue and the author of A Rumor About the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the Protocols of Zion seek the optimal way to balance society.
Two forces operate reality: positive and negative. The negative force is the continuously evolving human ego—a desire to enjoy at the expense of others. It develops naturally, and while erupting, causes crises and disintegration. The positive force is one of love and bestowal, an altruistic force. It becomes revealed in positive human connections. We subconsciously yearn for altruism, but we face manifestations of the ego around us.
How can we get rid of our ego?
We shouldn’t get rid of anything. Both altruism and egoism, love and hatred, are necessary for our development. Humanity has to find a conscious balance between these two forces, and the wisdom of Kabbalah tells us how.
We exist under the laws of nature, and thus are subject to them. Therefore, if people create such an attitude to hatred and love where one covers the other (“love covers all transgressions”), they will build a structure that will fit the integral system of nature, and according to equivalence of form with nature, reach perfect and complete balance.
Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Prof. Stephen Bronner, co-director of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue and the author of A Rumor About the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the Protocols of Zion talk about the role model for humanity that Jews have to become.
How can you be a role model if you are hated?
The solution is in its initial root. Jews as a nation originated in ancient Babylon according to the principle “love covers all transgressions.” They have an inborn inclination to implement the method of balancing society by building positive human connection above their egoistic nature and differences.
Today, when the world suffers from crises and viruses, there is an urgent demand for a method that positively connects society. Therefore, if the Jewish people regain awareness of what they once had achieved in history upon the modern global-scale social division, they will become an example of unity for everyone, a “light unto the nations.”
People have no natural inclination to unite above rejections between them, but when they hear and see how unity among people makes the world a better, healthier, and happier place, they will follow this direction and build a society based on, as Prof. Bronner mentions, cosmopolitan traditions.
When we all find the balance between the opposing forces of nature—altruism and egoism—everyone will experience a good future. Jews have been given the ability to take the first step there.
Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Prof. Stephen Bronner, co-director of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue and the author of A Rumor About the Jews: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, and the Protocols of Zion discuss the roots and possible solution for anti-Semitism.
Anti-Semitism is a multifaceted phenomenon. It manifests in different forms and, according to the wisdom of Kabbalah, it is the consequence of the Jewish people who have no awareness of their role in the world, and thus, also have no willingness to carry it out.
What is that role? The role of the Jewish people is to implement the method of connection above our selfish attitudes toward each other and pass it to the world, becoming a “light unto the nations,” as it is written in the scriptures.
According to their historical background, Jews originated around 3,800 years ago in ancient Babylon as a collection of 70 different nations united by the ideological principle, “love your neighbor as yourself.” Since this principle contradicted the Mesopotamian lifestyle, King Nimrod expelled the Jews from Babylon, and they embarked in the direction of the land of Canaan.
Over time, people could not observe the condition of “love your neighbor as yourself,” and the original spiritual root of the Jews—unity above all differences—became forgotten and replaced by customs. This is how religions and practices emerged, as compensation for the method of connection that has since been lost.
Nevertheless, the Jews still bear this method within. Whether or not they are aware of it, or and whether or not they refuse to perform it, the Jewish people have an inner calling to unite and spread unity above differences to the world. Hatred from the nations of the world is a subconscious demand upon the Jews to carry out this role.
Therefore, to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, Jews need to present an example of uniting above differences, and by doing so, let the world follow them, ultimately paving the path to balance with nature, harmony and social cohesion.
The leaders of the EU’s four pillars— Germany, England, France and Italy—don’t have kids. It means that a large number of people who are making decisions about Europe’s future, have no personal interest in this future. One view states that they simply struggle for power, to rule the world without doing anything for it, and that personally, they have no one to build a good future for.
What does Kabbalah say about this phenomenon of child-free leaders?
Today, we find ourselves in a world where people who rule countries do not relate to them as their home. According to the Torah, one cannot hold a governing position without a family and children. However, in our case, we deserve the situation that has appeared. The child-free leaders of Europe demonstrate to us who we are and how we treat the world. We don’t really care about what happens tomorrow. We mechanically relate to the world, inconsiderate of the consequences of our intentions and actions.
Why? It is in order for us to arrive at the recognition of evil, i.e. that the human ego that aims at self-benefit at the expense of others is behind every human thought, decision and action. Once we reach such a recognition of evil, we can then work to build good over it. The world needs such enlightenment.
Whether you know it or not, in the Pacific Ocean, there is a new continent almost the size of the United States. No, it’s not the old-new Atlantis, it’s the island of garbage.
Billions of dollars are put into solving the problem of trash in the Pacific Ocean. However, while on one side, someone utilizes garbage, on the other side, someone litters even more than before.
What can be a real and practical solution in this situation? This might sound very profound, but it is all about human relationships. They are broken. If a person cares just for himself, he is most likely to harm others. If each person cares only for self-benefit, it definitely harms the entire planet.
Therefore, in order to free the Earth from the garbage trap, we have to correct our relationships, so they fit the natural laws, and start thinking of what we do, and take responsibility for each and every action that we take. We need to learn how to build positive connections above our personal selfish attitudes. By doing so, we will free the planet from garbage and bring about a positive future for humanity.