Session 14 - A System of Laws

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It is important to understand what we mean when we say that if we properly keep the laws of Nature on the human, psychological level, we will succeed. We are speaking about laws that operate within a person; we're speaking about human psychology, the psychology of society and family. Psychology is about knowing human nature and human relations-between parents and children, old and young, etc.


If I know human nature and how to conduct our relationships, I will be able to build the human society so that everyone is happy, so everyone must make concessions for others. True, everyone wants to be king and subjugate the others, but we can show that such a person will be rewarded more by having others as equals, by helping out and supporting. Then, that person will accept the mutual concessions in the best way possible. He will understand that there is no other way in a system where all are interdependent. In this way, we will be able to arrive at a state where everyone is happy.


Of course, the human ego will constantly prompt us to fight it. We want to be kings, but public opinion will help us fight that ego. We will see just how the social environment affects every person and educates him, how it can keep one within boundaries, how it can keep us from letting our egos loose, and make us feel that our egos serve us in good way. It will show us how we gain, by our control over our egos. The view of society and its influence should be the dominant, compelling, and decisive element here.


We need to learn: who is man, what is the environment, and to what extent they influence one another. These are Nature's laws, and after all, we are a part of Nature. First, we must study man. Each of us must be his or her own analyst, and the analyst of the human society. We should know how to get along with others, instead of simply losing our tempers.


We need to learn: who is man, why we evolve in such a way, can we overcome such a  form of development, and is such an overcoming good? Nature is probably driving us toward something new, something better; we just need to understand what that is, and go with it.


We need to understand why we are not seeing the future picture. After all, we've always seen it and we've always evolved through the drive to discover, to rise. Today, it isn't so. On the contrary, we are becoming despaired, we're withering, and we're losing our desires for anything.


It seems that this form, too, is needed for the next development. We need to leave that state and rise to a completely different one. This is why we are in despair in our current state. We're tired, we're helpless, we're unwilling to sustain it. The new state must be completely new, as though we are leaving the current state, and jumping into a pool of fresh clean water. We bathe there, and afterwards we put on new clothes and enter a new world.


We don't want to be in touch with the world that we had dirtied, where we harmed ourselves, those who are near us, and those who are far. If we examine what we can take from our world into the ideal world, we will see that we cannot take anything from it—not the broken family unit of our world, not our connections with our children, not our friendships, and not our jobs, which we most likely don't even have anymore.


When we reflect on our lives, we realize it is truly a desperate state. Perhaps it is truly a transition into a completely new state, which is why, on the one hand we cannot see what this future state will be, but on the other hand we have given up on the current state and we don't want what we have here and now. We also don't see a solution that could arise from our situation. It is like that in every country—we are living from moment to moment, and more and more people understand that this is how things are, that we are alive,just because we need to live.

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Topic

In order to see the future picture—the next stage of development—we need to learn according to which laws one is governed by, the psychology of a person.

Main Points

  • Familiarity with one's nature will enable us to arrange the relationships between us, in equality and mutuality.
  • The ego will resist the correction of the connection between us, from a desire to control others.
  • The human impact on the environment can help a person to control his ego.
  • Nature advances us to a new stage of development; we need to understand what that stage is, and suitably adapt ourselves to it.
  • The current situation reveals despair and a lack of desire to develop.

References

"We live in a dog-eat-dog world, we say, as we justify our actions and their result: radical climate change, biological and nuclear warfare, rampant habitat destruction, water shortages, and extremes in global wealth and poverty."

"Why the Human species will finally Grow Up"

"As human beings, it often seems, we are naturally selfish animals. We are naturally inclined to lie, steal, and even kill to satisfy our selfish desires while exploiting our fellow human beings."

"Darwinian Natural Right: The Biological Ethics of Human Nature"

"Trapped in a complex web of emotion and thought, we under- stand ourselves as a cluster of identifications with race, nationality, religion, political beliefs, age, gender, and profession."

"Ego" - the book

Engage Yourself

Question 1: On September, 11, 2010, several dozen people gathered in Zuccotti Park, New York to protest against the financial social method which is in place in the United States. The protest is also known as "Occupy Wall Street," which spread quickly throughout the United States, and was actually a continuation to a great wave of unprecedented social protests which broke out around the world, from Chile to the Middle East to Europe.

In the following video clip, the writer Charles Eisenstein, one of the participants at the New York protests, details the reasons and goals of the protest.

Before you approach doing the tasks for this lesson, watch the interview with Eisenstein, and record below what most impresses you from this video clip. [link to video clip here, if needed.]

What most impressed you?

Question 2: Now go back and read the session transcript text carefully, and write below what emotions awakened in you while you were reading. In addition, in your opinion, how important is it to recognize the current state as problematic in order to move to the next state?

Question 3: With which means can we control the ego and correct the connection between us?

Question 4: Each person needs to be…

Question 5: Read the following article, and write what connection there is between it, and the materials that have been studied in this session.