Michael Laitman
Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute

The Limits of Technological Development

The evident contrast between the actual reality and the life we could be living is becoming increasingly painful. It is painful because we could be living in paradise. Instead, we are making our lives hell on earth through our own doing.

On the one hand, some parts of humanity have experienced all the stages of development from the Stone Age through the Bronze and Iron Ages, to feudalism and slavery, to socialism and capitalism, autocracy and democracy. At the same time, other parts of humanity are stuck somewhere in those three earliest periods. The gap between the stages of development in different places of the world creates gaps in every aspect of people’s lives, and hinders the progress of humanity.

In such a state, technology, however advanced, cannot help. Even where it is introduced, people use it to mistreat each other rather than to lift humanity to the heights it could reach. The solution to humanity’s problems, therefore, does not lie in more technology, but in appropriate education that will elevate humanity from the barbarism of mutual abuse and annihilation.

What needs to change now is not how we communicate, but how we connect with one another. If we rise from the attitude of constant belligerence and stop acting like clans of cavemen fighting over hunting grounds, if we begin to act like the global human society we have become, we will be able to maximize the benefits of technology for the sake of all of humanity.

I think it is already evident that today, aggression does not pay. The world no longer tolerates bullies.

We need to come to see that the whole structure and direction of evolution is toward increased collaboration and cooperation. Although nature has created contradictory forces, there are no wars in nature; there is complementarity. Each element in nature is dependent on, and sustains its opposite. If we understood this, we would reap the benefits of complementarity rather than hopelessly trying to destroy those we regard as enemies.

In our blindness, we do not see that our own survival and prosperity depend on the survival and prosperity of those very enemies. If we could see this simple truth, we would understand the folly of war.

We have no idea what powers we will unleash when we begin to cooperate rather than annihilate. Everything that is currently working against us will begin to work in our favor because we will be working in its favor, too.

Currently, we feel as though everything strives to destroy or dominate everything and everyone else. Complementarity means the exact opposite: Everything sustains and supports everything and everyone else. If the universe did not operate this way, it would not exist for even a split second. Once we understand this and begin to operate accordingly, we will discover a new reality of boundless powers and abundance, which are all working in our favor.

The only way to make these discoveries is to change our attitude, as said above, from belligerence to cooperation. All the rifts and enmities we currently perceive in humanity will disappear and people will work as one unit whose elements perform their respective roles in perfect harmony with all the other elements in creation.

Technological development will not be an issue since complementarity will ensure that everyone gets exactly what they need, as much as they need, and exactly when they need it. Simply changing our mindset will usher us into the age of abundance.

About the Author
Michael Laitman is a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah. MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics. Founder and president of Bnei Baruch Kabbalah Education & Research Institute. Author of over 40 books on spiritual, social and global transformation. His new book, The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, is available on Amazon:
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