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“What Does It Mean To Conquer Yourself?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What does it mean to conquer yourself?

Conquering yourself means aiming to organize your egoistic drives in order to reach life’s final destination—balance with nature—and not caving into the ego’s demands.

By doing so, we enter into a constant struggle with the ego, which always draws us in different directions and makes us fail, and if we play our cards right, then we also overcome it time and again.

Human nature is egoistic. Due to the ego residing in each of us, we either consciously or subconsciously aim to benefit ourselves at the expense of others and nature. However, we are developing toward a final state of total balance with nature, which functions according to opposite altruistic laws.

Therefore, if we seek our final state, trying to align ourselves with it, and try to build positive connections and altruistic attitudes to each other above our innate egoistic quality, i.e., thinking in terms of what would benefit others, nature and the world above thoughts of self-benefit, then we would be on course to conquering ourselves.

Based on the show “News with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman” on February 15, 2021.
Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“How Important Is Sense Of Humor In One’s Life?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How important is sense of humor in one’s life?

Nature gave us a sense of humor in order to transcend and criticize ourselves, and laugh at what nature does to us.

A sense of humor lets us see ourselves from a higher degree, and thus can also help elevate us outside of our current degree to a higher one. Viewing and laughing at ourselves from aside can spark an inner scrutiny into who we truly are, and whether we can be more than what we currently are.

Kabbalists not only laugh at themselves but also constantly criticize who and what they are, and how they can change. If we know how to laugh at ourselves, then as it is written, “God has brought me laughter” (Genesis 21:6) from which we can grow.

I personally like jokes about human weaknesses and how we can rise above them. Such jokes help us develop, because if we know that we have such negative qualities, then we can work on rising above them.

Everything has been created for our development, including a sense of humor. A sense of humor gives us the strength and the ability to develop.

On the other hand, we should never make fun of others. We should laugh only about qualities that exist generally in humanity, as by so doing, we can highlight weak spots that we can change in ourselves, and as such progress to more and more balance and harmony among each other and with nature.

Written/edited by Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Siviwe Kapteyn on Unsplash.

“What Is The Importance Of Interdependence In Nature?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What is the importance of interdependence in nature?

Interdependence in nature exists on its still, vegetative and animate levels. No created being—including human beings—can exist on their own, separate from other beings. In nature, there is a constant exchange of substances with their environment. Even a rock feels its environment and the environment feels the rock through several forces and systems that we have yet to fully understand.

Also, the higher up the levels of nature we go, and also between the levels, the more interdependence there is. There is a very tight connection between the still, vegetative, animate and human levels of nature.

We people are, on one hand, part of the animate world, intimately connected to the still, vegetative and animate levels of nature. However, on the other hand, due to the human ego, we want control and power over nature, to make nature submit to our demands. Such an inclination backfires on us as the subjective ego is blind to what it really needs in order to truly benefit itself.

We are all parts of a whole interdependent and interconnected system. However, our egoistic attitude disrupts, corrupts and brings about imbalance in such a system.

Today, we live in an era where we are becoming more and more aware of the extent to which we harm nature, ourselves and our future generations. Moreover, we seemingly do not care much, if at all, about the harm we cause, which is also due to the same ego.

Therefore, the importance of interdependence in nature is that it should lead us humans to acknowledge how we think and act contrarily to such interdependence—in our egoistic attitudes to each other and to nature.

In order to reach balance with nature’s interdependence, we need to change our attitudes to each other so that they match the overriding attitude in nature: egoistic to altruistic, divisive to connected. We will then enter into balance with nature and experience a whole new kind of harmonious existence, the likes of which we cannot even imagine right now.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman

My Thoughts On Twitter 4/10/21

Dr Michael Laitman Twitter

I have to make the group more important than the world, so it will pull me upwards, just as the world sucks me in with its worthless values. I have to feel how the upper force operates inside the group. Then I should speak in the group about the Creator’s greatness because it is easy to annul oneself before one who is great.
From Twitter, 4/10/21

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“Can Singing Benefit Your Health?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Can singing benefit your health?

According to various scientific studies, singing lowers blood pressure, cortisol levels, and stress, and increases the level of dopamine that creates feelings of pleasure and increases motivation.

Singing helps sync ourselves with our feelings and hopes. Animals also sing, and it is an activity that has been around before we developed language.

Singing generates a certain reality because it stems from the innermost places of the heart. We cannot sing what we disagree with. We can lie when we talk, but we cannot lie when we sing.

When we sing together with other people, we connect our hearts, sharing a connection in a common activity.

Singing can connect the hopes, aspirations and emotions of a whole nation, and even the whole world.

Singing together with others gives us a boost of energy and strength as it involves the mutual participation of several hearts, desires, intentions, aspirations, disappointments and hopes.

“What Are Good Ways To Solve Mass Unemployment?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: What are good ways to solve mass unemployment?

The solution to mass unemployment is in providing basic income to all people on condition that it is received for a certain contribution that each person makes to society.

In other words, basic income, i.e., receiving a regular allowance, cannot work on its own. On the contrary, if basic income was implemented in society without the need for incentivizing people to contribute to society, then society would stagnate. This is because the factors of competition and social responsibility that drives us to succeed, progress and perform in all kinds of ways would be removed from our lives, and we would find ourselves vegetating more and more.

Therefore, in a system providing basic income, we need to be concerned that elements of competition and social responsibility find a new and positive form.

This is doable through education of prosocial values.

As we head into the future, we will increasingly see that we need to positively realize our increasing interdependence and interconnectedness. If we fail to upgrade our attitudes to each other the more we become connected in an external manner, then the more we can expect all kinds of stresses, pressures and tensions to negatively affect us. Therefore, society will need to be infused with a new kind of education that teaches and promotes how to positively connect in our new interdependent and interconnected age.

Mass unemployment provides an opportunity for us to connect these pieces together. The more we will see automation and AI taking jobs that we traditionally needed people to fill, then the more we will need to provide solutions for such people. Basic income coupled with connection-enriching education, which encourages positive contribution to society, is a solution that aims to ensure an increase of people’s happiness, confidence and motivation as it will aim to direct society to increasingly positively connect.

Thus, instead of being motivated to succeed on account of others, as we currently do in our times, our success would become redefined as the extent to which we can contribute to society and positively connect above differences and division.

Based on “Universal Basic Income: Pros and Cons” by Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Fabio Bracht on Unsplash.

“Why Has The Public Become More And More Indifferent?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Why has the public become more and more indifferent?

The more the human ego grows, the more indifferent we become to each other.

Contrary to popular belief, we are no more gentle and sensitive than our previous generations. In the past, people were more concerned about their families, their children, and their grandchildren. Past generations planned several years ahead. Today, it has become rarer to even care about what happens one year from now, i.e., such a thought awakens no emotional response. We relate to it as if “Whatever will happen, will happen,” and just continue living on.

We have to recognize how our egoistic nature causes such indifference and insensitivity. The ego adheres to the present moment, and cares about what will happen to itself the same day, and not about tomorrow.

Things were not so obtuse mid-last century. After the Second World War, people cared about the future, and planned developments several years ahead.

In our present times, we find ourselves stuck in an impasse, as it takes a lot more to impress us, if we get impressed at all. We have to reach a decision that we need to change the world by changing ourselves in order to make our lives better. However, for the time being, we are not moving in such a direction.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.
Photo by Maria Teneva on Unsplash

“How Do You Deal With All These Terrible Things Going On In The World?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: How do you deal with all these terrible things going on in the world?

I explain to people that suffering is not going anywhere, and things are not going to become any better or sweeter, unless we change ourselves: that we will want to correct our egoistic human nature into its opposite.

The world will improve to the extent that we rise above our egoistic nature, which by default wishes to benefit at the expense of others and nature, and enter into a new altruistic nature, where we wish to benefit others and nature more than we wish to benefit ourselves.

The more that we elevate our attitudes to each other in such a way, to unite above division, to build friendships in human society instead of letting ourselves go with the flow of remaining divided, indifferent, uncaring and even hateful of each other, then we can hope for a better future.

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Do You Think Crossing The Red Sea By Moses Really Happened?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Do you think crossing the Red Sea by Moses really happened?

According to the wisdom of Kabbalah, the crossing of the Red Sea describes an inner spiritual state of leaving one’s egoistic desires behind, and entering into spiritual desires for love, bestowal and connection. It is essentially the crossing from this world to the spiritual world, and it is a process that unfolds in any person who applies themselves to the method of spiritual ascent.

When we exit the egoistic boundaries of this world, i.e., the desire to enjoy for self-benefit alone, we have to leave it once and for all. The boundary we cross in such a transition is described as “crossing the Red Sea.”

The process of exiting the ego requires powerful egoistic resistance, which is expressed as a desire to return to Egypt (i.e., living under the control of our self-aimed demands) in order to be slaves of the ego as before. The nation, which are desires that want to exit Egypt, still have no idea how to progress in order to become more altruistic, giving and loving.

These states play out inside each and every person and in a group of people as they try to rise above their ego in order to connect with each other. The parting of the Red Sea takes place by a process that kabbalists call “faith above reason,” symbolized by Moses’ rod. In general, “faith above reason” means the elevation of the importance of progressing on the spiritual path—a path of love, bestowal and positive connection—over the importance of remaining servants to our egoistic and materialistic desires. By default, the importance of spirituality is lower than the importance we naturally hold for egoistic pursuits, and thus raising the importance of spirituality requires a supportive environment of like-minded people aiming for spiritual attainment.

The Red Sea parts for those in the state of faith above reason. Crossing the Red Sea means that we shift from the corporeal transient world that is under the control of egoistic desires, into the eternal spiritual world that runs by an opposite altruistic operating system. Pharaoh’s armies represent the inner state called “below reason.” Their drowning represents the ego that is left behind as we shift into spirituality.

This action is symbolized by Nachshon’s jump into the sea. Why does Nachshon jump into the sea first instead of Moses? It is because Moses is already beyond that state, in the quality of Bina. In other words, the spiritual qualities of love, bestowal and connection already govern Moses. His connection to these spiritual qualities leads the nation, i.e., desires aimed at exiting the ego and entering into a spiritual connection, gradually releasing them from the ego, and leading them to spiritual connection.

The desires that have no desire to advance by way of faith above reason, but which want to remain in the ego, are put to death by the condition of faith above reason. This means that they cannot cross the Red Sea into spiritual attainment, as they cannot obtain the quality of love and bestowal above their ego. The egoistic desires die at sea, causing a split between egoistic and altruistic desires.

The sea, or water in general, represents life—the quality of Bina, bestowal and love. We are born in water. Water is life’s foundation, but there are good and bad waters. When the water is still within the ego’s bounds, it is harmful, drowning those who are in it.

The entire story about crossing the Red Sea describes the acquisition of a supernatural ability, the quality of caring about others with no self-interest, and the shift to a completely different system of existence in which benefiting others becomes more important than self-benefit. We cross a boundary, and where we previously lived only for ourselves through the ordinary ego, we shift into a life of love for, and bestowal unto, others.

Crossing the Red Sea thus describes a complete inversion of our attitude to life— from egoism to altruism, corporeality to spirituality, division to connection, and reception to bestowal—and it is driven solely by the aspiration to become as loving and giving as the Creator: a force of pure bestowal with no shred of self-interest.

Based on the program “Spiritual States” with Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman and Michael Sanilevich on Friday, April 1, 2021. Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.

“Where Should Israel Invest Its Gas Royalties?” (Quora)

Dr. Michael LaitmanMichael Laitman, On Quora: Where should Israel invest its gas royalties?

In 2020, Israel received the equivalent of around three billion US dollars in gas royalties. Part of it was supposed to go to a Israeli Citizens’ Fund for the benefit of Israeli citizens, but the fund is not yet operational. Indeed, what is the best investment for these royalties?

It is unlikely that the Israeli Citizens’ fund will be created, as nobody is genuinely looking in such a direction. If, however, it would miraculously come to fruition, then education should be its number one priority. Even though a major portion of Israel’s budget currently goes to education, it is not the kind of education that people need.

The education people need should teach how to live harmoniously with one another through developing positive and warm connections, and implementing mutual responsibility. In its current definition, education is only about acquiring knowledge and skills. All problems in Israel are thus education-based.

Education is a widespread problem concerning every person. The best investment of Israel’s gas royalties would be in a wide-scale project that educates people, with the aid of the media, how to upgrade connections to become more positive and harmonious. An upgrade in people’s connection means an upgrade in attitudes to one another, so that around the clock, we would be concerned with how to increase goodness, benevolence, happiness, confidence, support, encouragement, kindness, altruism and positivity in society.

Such education is opposite to human nature, which is selfish at its core. In other words, the essence of education is to elevate us above our self-centeredness in order to develop positive connections. This is why it is necessary to educate everyone. In order to do so, education does not require any big budget. Instead, it requires clear and consistent explanations that without upgrading our connections to become more supportive and encouraging of one another, then a truly harmonious life will always elude us.

By prioritizing, investing and engaging in this new kind of education, a new positive atmosphere would envelop society. We would feel a new goal open up before us, and a new kind of motivation, which would urge us to become more united. It is especially in a highly egoistic place like Israel that such a revolution in education needs to come about. Moreover, it is not only about improving Israeli society, but by improving the connections among the people of Israel, the foundation would become set for positive connections among humanity at large to unfold. As such, we would fulfill our destiny (“Love your neighbor as yourself”) and pass on the method of connection to the world (to become “a light unto the nations”).

Written/edited by students of Kabbalist Dr. Michael Laitman.