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A Brave New World in Four Steps

It takes only four steps to change the world:

  1. Acknowledge the existence of the crisis;

  2. Expose its causes;

  3. Determine the best solution;

  4. Design a plan to resolve the crisis.

Let’s examine them one at a time.

1. Acknowledge the existence of the crisis

Today, more than 130 countries participate in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and its reports clearly indicate that climate is changing for the worse. Yet, despite the accumulating evidence from all fields of science and society, many governments and international corporations still play down the gravity of the situation. Instead of being the first to tackle the issue, conflicting interests prevent them from cooperating to deal with the crisis effectively.

In addition, many people resist the idea that the world’s problems are threatening their personal wellbeing. In consequence, they suppress the urgent need to deal with the problems, before they land at their doorsteps.

And the biggest of all problems is that we have no previous memory of living in such a precarious state. Because of that, we are unable to assess our situation correctly. That’s not to say that catastrophes have never happened, but our time is unique in the sense that today catastrophes are happening on all fronts, instantaneously—in every aspect of human life, and all over the world.

2. Expose its causes

A crisis occurs when there’s a collision between two elements, and the superior element forces its rule on the inferior one. Human nature, or egoism, is discovering how opposite it is from Nature, or altruism. This is why so many people feel distressed, depressed, insecure, and frustrated.

In short, the crisis isn’t really happening on the outside, even though it certainly seems to take up physical space; it is happening within us. The crisis is the titanic clash between good (altruism) and evil (egoism). How sad it is that we have to play the bad guys in the real reality show. But don’t lose hope—as in all shows, a happy end awaits.

3. Determine the best solution

The more we recognize the underlying cause of the crisis, our egoism, the more we will understand what needs to be changed in us and in our societies. By doing so, we will be able to de-escalate the crisis and bring society and ecology to a positive, constructive outcome. We will talk more about such changes as we explore the concept of freedom of choice.

4. Design a plan to resolve the crisis

Once we have completed the first three stages of the plan, we can draw it up in greater detail. But even the best plan needs the active support of leading, nationally recognized organizations to succeed. Therefore, the plan must have a broad base of international support from scientists, thinkers, politicians, and the United Nations, as well as the media and social organizations. The IPCC we mentioned in Item 1 of this list is a good example of such an entity.

Because we grow from one level of desire to the next, every time a crisis emerges, it should be treated as a new event. Our past experiences don’t help us because past events happened at lower levels of desires. If our past experiences did help, we would not be talking about a crisis today.

Thus, everything that is happening now is happening for the first time on the spiritual level of desire. If we remember that, we can apply the knowledge of people who are connected to spirituality in the same way we have been applying scientific knowledge to cope with problems on the physical levels of desire.

Kabbalists, who have already made it to the spiritual worlds, the root of our world, see the Reshimot (spiritual roots) that are causing this state. They can guide us out of the maze we are in by looking at things from their source in the spiritual world. This support can help us resolve the crisis easily and quickly because we’ll know why things happen and how we can best mend them.

Think of it this way: If you knew there were people who could predict the results of tomorrow’s lottery, wouldn’t you like them at your side when you’re placing your bets?

There is no magic here, only knowledge of the rules of the game in the spiritual world. In the eyes of a Kabbalist, we’re not in a crisis, we’re just a little disoriented and hence keep betting on the wrong numbers. When we find our direction, resolving the (nonexistent) crisis will be a piece of cake, and so will be winning the lottery. And the beauty of Kabbalistic knowledge is that it has no copyrights; it belongs to everyone.

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