Session 3 - Man's Egoistic Nature Prevents Us from Succeeding

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Today we can certainly arrange our lives beautifully. Humanity is already able to produce products in such great quantity and quality that we could provide the whole of humanity with a good, reasonable, problem-free life.

 

There is, however, one problem: man is an egoist. This is the reason why we can't properly set up environments to support and grow our vast potential, and the abilities we need to obtain it through knowing Nature's laws. We have the abundance we need, but few possess the power, money, and instruments required to properly utilize and distribute the abundance for the best benefit of all.

 

As a result, others don't receive even the most basic needs for sustenance and existence. In other words, there is one cause for why we cannot build a peaceful, good, convenient, safe, and healthy life on this beautiful, flourishing Earth: human nature.

 


This is why our whole purpose is to study our human nature and discover the right way to work with it. We must study it and understand how we can make our lives great and fulfilled, and how we can correct our selfish nature. We obviously want to make life good, beautiful, and convenient for ourselves, but we must also desire this for others.

 


This basic principle stems from knowing the one general law that is only now appearing to us in Nature: the Law of One Global Force, the force that contains within it all the other forces. Whether we like it or not (and we usually don't), this force is compelling us to be more connected and to need each other more and more. It pushes this to all people, all countries, nations, and civilizations.
 

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Topic

The egotistical calculation of a person, prevents us from realizing all the latent potential in understanding the laws of nature.

Main Points

  • It is possible for us to supply every person in the world with the conditions for a good life.
  • If we investigate human nature and know how to repair it, we will know how to maximally utilize the laws of nature.
  • The general, global law of nature pushes us to be more connected.

References

"So what we're looking at is general social dysfunction related to inequality. It's not just one or two things that go wrong, it's most things."

TED Talk - Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

"Today we have access to highly advanced technologies, but our social and economic system has not kept up with the technological capabilities that could easily create a world of abundance, free of servitude and debt for all of earth's peoples. This could be accomplished if we implementa a resource-based economy."

Book: Viable Utopian ideas

"Because inequality harms the quality of social relations (increasing violence, reducing trust, cohesion and involvement in community life), people become more self-interested, less public spirited, less concerned with the common good."

Article - The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

"Man cannot stand a meaningless life. We need more understanding of human nature, because the only real danger that exists , is man himself. He is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it."

Youtube Video: We are the evil interview with Carl Jung

Engage Yourself

Question 1: [Note: Be prepared now to watch a video that is almost an hour in length.]

An electric light bulb at a fire station in Livermore, California, has been lit for more than a hundred years and has not yet burned out. Yes, yes, this is not a mistake, more than a hundred years!

So, why is it that the light bulbs we buy today last for such a short amount of time? The answer is in the following film called The Light Bulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence. View this important film before proceeding with the questions below. Please note that the film is mostly in English, but there are portions in other languages as well and the subtitles are in German. [link to video is here, if needed]

Toward the end of the film the moral principle of nature found in a new concept called "Cradle to Cradle," says that if factories worked like nature, planned obsolescence itself, would become obsolete, and is mentioned as a solution for the problems of greater consumption that are brought up in the course of the film. What in your opinion is the main difference between the solution presented in the film and the solution of integral education?

Question 2: Imagine to yourself that you forgot to turn off the faucet in the shower before leaving for the annual family vacation, and that when you return you discover that thousands of liters of water have drained into the sewage pipes. Both the waste and especially the next water bill are a heartache.

Now think about what would have happened if you forgot the open faucet for a slightly longer period of time and 40 trillion liters of water had flowed from it. Does that sound incredible? It is estimated that this amount of water precisely parallels the amount of food that is discarded every year in the United States.

Look at the following two pictures:

The picture on the left represents the amount of food per month for a family in Chad. The picture on the right represents the amount of food per month for a family in Germany.

Here you can view exact data about these photos, as well as additional information on the levels of consumption in other countries around the world.

 

 

 

a. How does it feel to see these images and statistics? How can we, as members of one global human family, solve the obvious imbalance in our world food distribution and consumption, as well as the problem of the discarding of perfectly good food around the world?

b. According to what you have learned so far from the previous learning units, how is it possible to bring us all to a feeling that we are all in this together as brothers and sisters throughout the world, since we are all members of one great global human family?

Question 3: According to the text of the lesson, we cannot provide good living conditions for a good life to every person in the world, because...

Question 4: According to the text of the lesson, a good life for us and for others depends on:

Question5: Following is a quotation from the transcript text of this lesson:

“There is one cause for why we cannot build a peaceful, good, convenient, safe, and healthy life on this beautiful, flourishing Earth: human nature.”

If so, what. indeed is the path to a more peaceful, good, convenient, safe, and healthy life on this beautiful, flourishing Earth ?

It is most certainly not what is illustrated in this video clip. [link to clip here, if needed]

Maybe it is in this video clip? [link here, if needed]

Read the text for this lesson again and write how we can assure for ourselves a truly good life.