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Michael Laitman, PhD

Achievements of Civilization

Q: I understand that my question may sound stupid, but I wish to know: if we imagine that the world starts to improve, will there still be a place for science? Will studying outer space, chemistry, and mathematics be rejected by humanity? Will the world return to the natural economy? Isn’t such a world destined to decay and die out?

A: It’s a very interesting question. I am also a researcher, a scientist by nature. We each seem to believe that our approach to nature, to the world around us is correct, thus allowing us to exist in it. We can’t even imagine that there may be a different and better way of receiving the abundance of nature.

We are constantly worried about how to grab as much as we can from nature and feel upset at the thought that soon we’ll run out of natural resources. We are struggling to hold on to the loot.

But everything should be different. If the Upper Light could reach our world, we would be able to receive simply, without struggle, by using our spiritual powers. Now, however, we are forced to receive through the shells, snatching from them tiny sparks of Light for sustenance. That is why all our lives are spent chasing after desired pleasures and not “only good pursued me all the days of my life” (Psalms).

Through blood, we learn the laws of nature in order to use them later in a barbarous manner. But if we could learn them through our resemblance to the spiritual nature, we’d have those laws inside us and could fulfill our desires without the need for physical action.

We wouldn’t need billions of unnecessary things, nor would we miss them, as we would be happy without them, and without many other things that will be made by people in the future without making them any happier.

The science of the world would be studied from within, but not by our sketchy experience or by chance discoveries. We would know nature in its perfect harmony and relationships, and learn how to use it wisely.

Today, however, all scientific and technical discoveries bring harm to man, since they only show us how imperfectly we have developed. Hence we can only conclude that all human activity should be strictly determined by its intention for the Creator.

If our intention matches the goal of creation, then we’ll develop pleasantly. If not, we will suffer, but only to reveal the evil inside us, to understand and correct it, ultimately achieving the same goal through anguish.

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