I have dedicated my life to the study of the universal laws that operate the world. More specifically, my days have been spent exploring the relationship between the laws of nature and human existence. In my study, I have found the solution to the apparent dichotomy between nature and human relationships. Like the rest of the world, if I had not been taught how the system of the world operates, it would baffle me to look at the state of people today. In spite of the perfect order and beauty of the natural world, human beings continue to suffer.
What became clear to me in my years of study is that if humanity were able to learn a lesson from nature we would be able to bridge the gap between our imperfect lives and the natural world where everything depends upon everything else. We would naturally possess the remedy for all of our troubles. The world would see plainly that the key to solving every problem that comes our way is human connection and mutual dependence. Once we could truly live our lives for the benefit of others, we would as a byproduct love each other and create a sustainable future.
I can attest this isn’t as easy at it sounds. My book, The Egotist, goes into great length examining the obstacles of absorbing connection as a medicine for suffering. As an addict, I resisted connection, even in my recovery, until I was absorbed into a society that works painstakingly in the direction of better human relationships. Nevertheless, given the scope of my claim, you may be taken aback by the simplicity of my solution. Human connection isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea. In our globalized world many people are aware we live in an interdependent system and connection is a word permeating through the air. Further, very few people would argue that connection is bad for society and we are beginning to sense that we need each other to restore our world to a better state.
If this is the case, what prevents us from realizing this connection? Why do our problems appear to us as unsalvageable? In spite of a desire to lead happy, fulfilling lives, we fight unnecessary wars and hate one another on the basis of nationalities, races and religions. Addiction spreads like wildfire. Families are destroyed by divorce at record rates and depression thrives like a virus. In the process of personal suffering, we do our best to destroy the ecosystem, the very planet that feeds and nourishes us. On the other side of the coin, when we look at nature, we see a vast, endlessly complex system that operates upon perfect rules where everything is dependent on everything else. What prevents humanity from achieving our own state of perfection? Why do we insist on destroying ourselves?
The reason we are not able to lead mutually fulfilling lives is because we fail to recognize the greatness of the self-sustaining system we live in and the oppositeness of man to the system. We don’t recognize that if we were able to adapt to the flow of the world, we would live a life of endless fulfillment, because we would be tapped into the universe’s endless abundance. While nature is perpetually achieving a balance between the two forces of connection and separation, because of the ego, individuals only work for their own benefit in separation.
As is plainly written in Genesis, “And the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that all the impulse of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord repented that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.”
This isn’t exactly new knowledge, but as the world becomes more complex we fool ourselves into believing the cancer of our own egos. Because of our innate wickedness, on our own we will never be able to overcome our selfish and assuredly destructive nature as much as we’d like to help others. Like we learned from Eve, the serpent will continue to live within us and reveal himself at the worst times. We will not be able to approach a new level of reality necessary for us to share all the abundance in the world together.
I have discovered a very useful tool to combat the serpent inside us. This tool allows us to tap into our collective wisdom and intuition, bypassing our negative nature. This method consists of discussion circles where people from diverse backgrounds discuss complicated issues to come to mutual solutions that are possible through connection in a roundtable workshop.
The rules of the workshop are very simple. One person asks a question about a practical problem that plagues them and the others in the circle do their best to answer the question and listen to the answers of the other people with their whole heart, as opposed to their minds. It is important for the people in the circle to never criticize the other person, or reject what the person has to say. There are no interruptions, all one must do is listen. By making this small annulment of the ego, the circle almost always comes to a new understanding. A new force that was just an hour earlier hidden from reality comes to the surface. It becomes clear that out of this connection and a desire towards mutual dependence, we have the power to transform ourselves to understand and love each other. We become the owners of this force that has the power to transform the nature of man.
In a corrected world, we would recognize the importance of this structure and what we could learn from the wisdom of the circle. It would be self-evident that the cloud of our ego is preventing our fulfillment, blinding us from the wisdom of our hearts. It would be clear to all that the very structure of the world is a corrupted system that requires new ways of thinking and strategies to return to compassion. And while things may improve from time to time, none of these improvements will have any meaning as long as we are enslaved to our wiring that tells us to destroy others for our own benefit.
An author, screenwriter, and blogger for Shatterproof, Jesse Bogner is a twenty-seven year old graduate of Bard College with a BA in Creative Writing. Last year he moved from New York City, where he was born and raised, to study Kabbalah in Israel under Michael Laitman. His book, The Egotist, has been translated into three languages. He was recently filmed by Larry King’s crew in Israel for the Spirituality Network.