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ISSUE #21    A PUBLICATION OF THE BNEI BARUCH ASSOCIATION FOUNDED BY RAV MICHAEL LAITMAN, PHD                                           www.kabtoday.com

 In this issue:                                                                                                         a misdemeanour, and the love of money
                                                                                                                        is detestable, that those walk most truly

                                    looKinG BACK At the
                                                                                                                        in the paths of virtue and sane wisdom
                                                                                                                        who take least thought for the morrow.

                                                                                                                        We shall once more value ends above
                                                                                                                        means and prefer the good to the use-
                                                                                                                            While the most renowned econo-
p.2 SInG In harMony                                                                                                     mist of the 20th Century was promot-
                                                                                                                        ing his vision of economic and social

                                    Economic Perspectives from                                                          possibilities for his grandchildren, the
                                                                                                                        most highly recognized Kabbalist of the
                                    Two 20th Century Visionaries                                                        20th Century, Yehuda Ashlag (widely
                                                                                                                        known as Baal HaSulam) was shar-
                                                                                                                        ing his forward looking world view,
                                                                                                                        which was remarkably similar to those
                                                                                                                        of Keynes. Although contemporaries,
                                                                                                                        Keynes (1883 – 1946) and Ashlag (1884
p.3 a bETTEr World
    For oUr ChIldrEn                                                                                                    – 1954) probably never met. Ashlag’s
                                                                                                                        theories were rooted in the Wisdom of
                                                                                                                        Kabbalah . If Ashlag were alive today
                                                                                                                        he would probably have told us that
                                                                                                                        the reason for the Crisis was man’s un-
                                                                                                                        willingness to recognize we operate in a
                                                                                                                        global interdependent system, mankind
                                                                                                                        will only renounce its economic system
                                                                                                                        when the system brings more suffer-
                                                                                                                        ing for society than pleasure. His views
p.4 ThE laST SUPErMan
                                                                                                                        were based on one of Kabbalah’s central
                            by Seth Bogner
                                                                                                                        tenants, if humanity does not work to-
                            JoHn Maynard keyneS                           Keynes envisioned a vastly different pic-     gether to correct our egotistical nature
                                                                          ture of global economic health for our        and start acting in concert with nature
                              & yeHuda aSHlag                             generation. In 1930 in his rarely dis-        we would bring blows upon mankind of
                               (Baal HaSulaM)                             cussed article, “Economic Possibilities       biblical proportions. According to him

                                     he current Global Economic Cri-      for our Grandchildren” Keynes predict-        we could avert the impending suffering
                                     sis has affected virtually every     ed an end or evolution of capitalism. In      by educating people about our inherent
                                     country. No corner of the world      fact, he foresaw this as a highly desirable   nature and providing society with an al-
                            has been left untouched by the most se-       eventuality.                                  ternative path.
p.5 I ThoUGhT I WaS
    rETIrEd, bUT I aM       vere recession in 80 years. Most nations
    noW UnEMPloyEd          have reacted to the Crisis by following
                                                                              Keynes anticipated that by now all        an evolved econoMic
                                                                          the world’s economic problems would
                            the economic theories of John Maynard         be solved. Goods and services would
                            Keynes, reputably the foremost econo-         be produced at a level to sustain all of         The current Economic Crisis is
                            mist of the 20thCentury. Keynes be-           humanity and the means to distribute          sending us a message that the capital-
                            lieved that government intervention and       them to all would end the struggle for        ism, of our time, must adapt or become
                            spending is the best way out of a finan-      subsistence. He predicted that im-            extinct, both Keynes and Ashlag fore-
                            cial crisis. His theories were the basis of   provements in productivity due to tech-       saw this eventuality 80 years ago. They
                            the strategies employed by both the US        nological advancements would increase         predicted that the hubris that has been
                            and UK in response to the Great Depres-       and together with the accumulation            celebrated in our generation will give
                            sion. Many economists, central bankers        of capital, would solve the world’s eco-      birth to a new economic reality where
p.6 CloUdS In My CoFFEE     and pundits frequently cite Keynesian                                                       capitalism will evolve into a new sys-
                                                                          nomic problems. Keynes observed, “We
                            economics when discussing the various                                                       tem. In Keynes’ words, “The critical
                                                                          shall be able to rid ourselves of many
                            economic stimulus programs enacted                                                          difference will be realized when this
                                                                          of the pseudo-moral principles which
                            globally to attempt to combat the Crisis.                                                   condition [freedom from concern about
                                                                          have hag-ridden us for two-hundred
                                                                          years, by which we have exalted some of       basic survival needs] has become so
                                viSion of gloBal                                                                        general that the nature of one’s duty to
                                                                          the most distasteful of human qualities
                                econoMic HealtH                           into the position of the highest virtues.     one’s neighbour is changed. For it will
                                Would Keynes, if he were alive, be-       … therefore, to return to some of the         remain reasonable to be economically
                            lieve that we would have found our-           most sure and certain principles of re-       purposive for others after it has ceased
p.7 hoW Can WE SToP         selves in a quandary similar to the Great     ligion and traditional virtue –that ava-      to be reasonable for oneself.”
    MEdICInE FroM
                            Depression all over again? probably not.      rice is vice, that the exaction of usury is                         continued on page 24
    bEInG a bUSInESS?
     When mankind reaches the degree of complete love for the fellow man, all the happiness intended for humanity will be
     revealed in all its glory.
                                                                                                                                                                   Baal HaSulam

                                                                                           formed by the desire to receive. How-        This musical example of balance and
                                                                                           ever, since we learned that we could         harmony can help us to achieve the
                                                                                           change our surroundings to suit our de-      same qualities for humankind..

                              N HA R M
                                                                                           sires, we have been focusing entirely on

                             I                                                             the desire to receive. We have become             MuSic iS tHe
                                                                                                                                          divine way to tell
                                                                                           ignorant of the fact that we receive en-
                                                                                           ergy and life not from the desire to re-       Beautiful, poetic


                                                                                           ceive, but from the desire to give.” (Bail
                                                                                                                                         tHingS to tHe Heart

                                                                                           Yourself Out)
                                                                                                                                                    – pablo casals
                                                                                           Humanity is discovering that our natu-
                                                                                           ral growing desire to receive remains        Music is a universal language and this
                                                                                           unsatisfied, unfilled, unquenched. We        far reaching quality makes it well suit-
                                                                                           are realizing that our exclusive focus on    ed to be used as tool to help us emerge
                                                                                           our ever growing desire to receive mate-     from the world crisis resultant from the
                                                                                           rial things and fulfillment from others      singular focus on receiving. The desires
                                                                                           leaves us feeling more starkly vacant        expressed in lack can be supplanted by

I’d l

                                                                                           and empty. As this song asks, “Will          music that espouses unity and balance
                                                                             rm            I always feel this way, so empty, so es-     between giving and receiving. Musi-

                                                                                           tranged?” (Ray LaMontagne)                   cians who experience unity and the in-
                                                                                                                                        teraction and connection of these two

                                                                                              tHe anSwer lieS in

                                                                                                                                        forces can convey this balance in their
            ea                                                                                tHe deSire to give                        compositions both through lyrics and


              ch                             f                                                                                          melodies. “Music can help us express a
                               by Beth Shillington                                         The answer lies in the second part of
                     Th                  P                                                 the equation of these forces of Nature,      whole new side of reality … the impact
                       eW           g In                                                   the desire to give. “The interplay be-       of such music on the listener will be un-
                         orld To Sin                                                       tween the two desires eludes us because      matched, precisely because it expresses
                                                                                           it is the very basis of our makeup, and      our life force!” (Bail Yourself Out)
    MuSic can naMe tHe                      culture, including social and economic         therefore resides at a level deeper even
                                            frameworks, climate, and availability of       than our consciousness. But once we
      unnaMaBle and                         technology. Not surprisingly with the          understand how these desires interact
     coMMunicate tHe                        widely recognized globalization of the         with each other to create life, we can
                                                                                                                                          4continued from page 1
       unknowaBle                           world, which is fraught with financial,        put this information into practice and
                                            economic, social, familial, psychologi-        discover how to benefit from doing so.”
         – leonard Bernstein                                                                                                                   Keynes trusted in the inherent
                                            cal, and ecological problems, today’s          (Bail Yourself Out)

                                                                                                                                           generosity and morality of mankind.
           usic expresses a wide range of   music most often expresses disillusion-
                                                                                           MuSic iS tHe Mediator                           Unfortunately, mankind has not
           emotions, feelings and ideas     ment, pain, suffering, and desires for                                                         lived up to his expectations.
           with varying rhythms, melo-      what seems missing: love, sex, money               Between tHe
dies, instruments and vocalizations.                                                                                                           Given the accuracy of their vision,
Historically, music has highlighted our
                                            …. It isn’t just the lyrics that convey the     Spiritual and tHe                              perhaps it is time for us to listen to
                                            unhappy and dissatisfied messages, the             SenSual life
celebrations with joyful passion; has in-                                                                                                  their views on the next stage of so-
                                            intense beat and discordant, cacopho-
timately professed our romantic love in                                                           – ludwig van Beethoven                   cioeconomic development. Their
                                            nous instrumentation share the senti-
ballads or dejectedly bemoaned its lack;                                                                                                   views are remarkably similar: both
                                            ments. Humans are literally singing and        Music also provides a key to under-
has stalwartly sent troops marching to                                                                                                     agree that people must reach a state
                                            shouting their desire to receive, and to       standing the interaction of these forces
war and bugled them into battle; music                                                                                                     where concern for other members
                                            receive more and more and more. It is          of Nature. It can help us see our lack
has added pomp to the circumstances                                                                                                        of the society outweighs concern for
                                            only natural that music resonates these        of balance with Nature and a clue as
requiring such grandeur; and has la-                                                                                                       self-promotion and they also agree
                                            sincere growing and unfilled needs and         to how to attain the balance. Music’s
mented the loss of loved ones in dirges.                                                                                                   that this transition will not be easy.
                                            desires of humanity.                           current almost exclusive expression
Music is capable of conveying deep and                                                                                                     In fact, Keynes saw this as “the great-
                                                                                           of wanting to receive helps us see our
complex emotions that are understood            we Have Been                                                                               est change which has ever occurred
                                                                                           singular focus on one of the forces and
and felt by the listeners.                                                                                                                 in the material environment of life
                                            focuSing entirely on                           shows us how distant we are from the
                                                                                           other force, the desire to give. We are         for human beings in the aggregate.”
true MuSic MuSt repeat                      tHe deSire to receive                                                                          For Ashlag, it represents nothing
                                                                                           out of balance. We are not in harmo-
   tHe tHougHt and                          In fact, it is a law of Nature, a force that   ny. “Classical music with strong inter-         less than the transformation of hu-
  inSpirationS of tHe                       acts upon us. The desire to receive is         nal harmony helps because it contains           man nature from egoism to altru-
  people and tHe tiMe                       what runs the human world. But this            harmony born out of unity between               ism. In “The Last Generation”
                                            is only half of the equation. The world        opposites. It is precisely when these op-       Ashlag observed that “our planet is
     – george gershwin                      really runs on two desires: to receive         posites unite that they create harmony          rich enough to provide for all of us,
Throughout the ages and across cul-         and to give. “They determine not only          which corrects…” (Laitman.com) Clas-            so why this tragic war for life which
tures, composers have created music         our behavior, but the whole of reality         sical music with its intricate, extensive       has been clouding our lives for gen-
as an expression of inner feelings and      – everything we think, see, feel, taste,       and multi-layered internal harmony              erations? Let us divide the work and
ideas. Their compositions necessarily       or touch. … We receive our life ener-          exhibits the fitting together and join-         its produce equally among ourselves
are a reflection of all aspects of their    gy from the desire to give, and we are         ing of contrasted elements in balance.          and end all the troubles.”

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,,   Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.                                   ,,
                                                                                                                                                                   nelson Mandela

A Better                                                   World for our Children
by Riggan Shilstone                                                                                                                       ing to shift. A recent series of ads bears
                                                                                                                                          titles such as, “In an Absolut World,
                                                                                                                                          Currency will be Replaced with Acts of
                                                                                                                                          Kindness.” CNN’s series on economic
                                                                                                                                          survival features stories about people
                                                                                                                                          who find happiness through the renew-
                                                                                                                                          al of family connections, sharing with
                                                                                                                                          others, and a simpler lifestyle. We just
                                                                                                                                          need to give things a push!
                                                                                                                                          • the power of Society
                                                                                                                                          The most powerful instrument for
                                                                                                                                          change, however, is us. Throughout his-
                                                                                                                                          tory, social change has been driven by
                                                                                                                                          the people. The 14th century Renais-
                                                                                                                                          sance is just one example of a cultural
With the world in                            more from life, and so
                                                                                                                                          movement that led to exponential ad-
crisis, parents                                                                                                                           vances in all areas. And today, the desire
                                             the relentless quest                                                                         for change among the American people
everywhere                                   for new pleasures                                new proBleMS call
                                                                                                                                          was so strong that it swept an unlikely
fear for their                               began. By the time we reached the 20th           for new SolutionS                           candidate into the highest office.
children’s future. yet, if we                century, everything had accelerated, as        We can’t buy our way out of the current           This is the force we can harness to
rise to the challenge, we                    if someone pressed “fast forward.” We          crisis with taxpayer dollars or consume       make the changes in today’s society.
can set them on the path to                  went from horses to trains to jets; from       our way out through increased shop-           But how can we transform our ap-
a future far brighter than                   telegraphs to phones to the Internet.          ping. We have to approach life from a         proach to life from egoism to altruism
                                             With each generation, the luxuries of          new perspective, taking advantage of          when all we know is “taking care of #1”?
any we ever dreamed of                                                                      three powerful tools.
                                             the parents became the necessities of                                                        Actually, our children can show us the

         s I sit at my computer, the         the children                                   • education                                   way! When a child decides to become a
         neighborhood rings with the             This continuous escalation of self-        People today are lost and confused, won-      doctor, he “plays” doctor, even though
                                                                                            dering: Why is this happening? What           he has no idea what he is doing. Only
         laughter of children playing        indulgence has finally caught up with
                                                                                            should we do? But we are resourceful,         when the child becomes a doctor will
tag. It brings back memories of my           us, bringing our world to the brink of                                                       he know what it really means, but each
                                             collapse. Our culture of excess reached        and if we understand the problem, we
childhood, and I can’t help but wonder                                                                                                    of his imagined notions along the way
                                             its culmination with ego-maniacs like          will perform miracles to solve it. This is
what the future has in store for them.                                                      why a public education campaign about         is a necessary preparation.
                                             Bernard Madoff, who swindled inves-                                                              So to begin with, we can “fake it
    Mankind has always invested super-                                                      the globalization of our economies, the
                                             tors of $50 billion. And while it’s easy       interdependence of all people, and the        until we make it.” Our first “altruistic”
human efforts to assure that the next
                                             to put the blame on the likes of Mad-          benefits of cooperation could guide us        efforts will be purely egoistic: done to
generation will have an easier, more ful-
                                             off, the reality is that we all bear a share   to the solutions.                             escape the crisis. Over time, however,
filling life. For many parents today, this
                                             of the guilt, even if our excesses are on                                                    an amazing transformation will occur:
dream may forever remain a fantasy.                                                             Our best hope for the future lies in
                                             a much smaller scale.                          educating our children. NY Times col-         our simulated joy in altruism will give
Economic uncertainty, environmental                                                                                                       way to the real thing, providing real re-
collapse, and violence promise to be            If we are honest, we’ll see that suc-       umnist Nicholas Kristof recently classi-
                                             cess in our society is defined as more         fied education as “our greatest national      lief from the crisis.
the legacy we will leave our children. A                                                                                                      Arne Duncan, the new Education
                                             money, fame or power, no matter what           shame.” And he’s right: we are not
Rasmussen Poll in January found that                                                                                                      Secretary, commented, “We have to
                                             the cost to others. So what can we ex-         providing our children with the knowl-
only 47% of American parents believe                                                        edge they need to succeed in the new          continue to think differently and do ev-
                                             pect for our future if these are the val-
their children will be better off than                                                      global era. If we offer them an educa-        erything we can to put our students ...
                                             ues that we promote?
they are.                                                                                   tion about the natural laws that govern       on the path to pursuing the American
                                                If egoism is the root of our prob-          interconnected systems, they will be          dream.” Let’s pressure our government
    This gloomy outlook should be a
                                             lems, then the solution is to transform        prepared to easily navigate the stormy        to use part of the $150 billion educa-
clarion call to action for people every-
                                             our values to altruism and sharing. But        seas that are so baffling to us.              tion stimulus to create a new American
where. But if we are to have any hope                                                                                                     dream, one that values activities that
                                             how? After all, mankind has prospered          • Media
of finding lasting solutions, we must                                                                                                     benefit all and frowns upon personal
                                             with a “Me first!” mentality for thou-
first retrace the developments that led                                                     Most of our behavioral patterns come          success at the expense of others. Let’s
                                             sands of years. Yet, in today’s globalized     directly from TV and the Internet. As
to the problems we face today.               society, where everything that happens                                                       use the power of our collective will to
                                                                                            long as news, entertainment and sports        show politicians and businesses that we
                                             on one side of the world has an almost
     did SoMeone preSS                                                                      glorify the pursuit of wealth and a “win      are no longer buying into a consumer
                                             immediate impact on the other side,            at any cost” mentality, we will see greed     oriented society. Let’s encourage media
      “faSt forward?”                        “Me first!” no longer works. In the            and exploitation dominate our society.        to promote values of generosity and
Mankind’s needs were simple once: If         words of Britain’s PM, Gordon Brown,           If, however, we insist that these venues      sharing, while shunning egoistic glori-
there was adequate food, shelter and se-     “In this global age, we need solutions         reflect the values of compassion, we will     fication of individuals. In this way, we
curity from predators, life was good. But    that can no longer be defined in terms         turn today’s destructive media force to       will leave a lasting legacy to our chil-
time marched on, and the necessities         of us and them, but can be achieved            our advantage.                                dren, and they will have the wisdom to
were no longer enough. People wanted         only together – as us with them.”                  And in fact, the tide is already start-   know how to use it.

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,,   The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.                     ,,
                                                                                                                                                                albert einstein

by Chaim Ratz                                                                                                                         and has become a dangerous enemy.

                                                                                                                                      And now, the big question is: who will
          ecently, it was rumored that
                                                                                                                                      save the world from itself?
          Barack Obama was tempted
          to enter the bidding for a rare                                                                                                     new HeroeS
edition of the first-ever Superman com-
ic. The rumors began to settle when
                                                                                                                                             for a new age
it was announced that the American                                                                                                    There is no doubt that we are in dire
President would not be participating                                                                                                  need of new heroes. To find them, we
in the auction (and besides, he’s a Spi-                                                                                              must rearrange our entire value system
derman, not a Superman, fan). And fi-                                                                                                 and change the formula for prosperity
                                                                                                                                      from the one that says: “success comes
nally, all the talk came to a halt when
                                                                                                                                      from using others,” to the opposite,
the comic was sold to someone else for

                                                                                                                                      “success comes from mutual concern.”
$325,000 (almost the yearly salary for
                                                                                                                                      Or, in the words of the British prime
Mr. Obama).                                                                                                                           minister Gordon Brown to labor ac-
    Still, the fact that the rumors started                                                                                           tivists in Bristol, “Our task must be
is much more than a coincidence. Su-
perman is a clear symbol of the Ameri-
can Dream; he is the ultimate cowboy,
                                                   lAst                                                                               nothing less than to rebuild a financial
                                                                                                                                      system where it has failed and then to
                                                                                                                                      create an economy where banks are no

the redeeming angel of a new era. De-                                                                                                 longer serving themselves but serving
spite the decades that have passed since                                                                                              the public.”
he was last seen flying above Metropo-
lis, and the steady stream of heroes that
have flooded the world ever since, there
is no doubt that the blue knight in the
                                                        MAn                                                                               Our new, interconnected, interre-
                                                                                                                                      lated world demands new superheroes,
                                                                                                                                      who will understand that the true ene-
                                                                                                                                      my is found within. A true hero will be
red cape is still number one.                                                                                                         someone who knows how to conquer
   It’s no wonder that people are as-                                                                                                 his own evil inclination, his own greed
                                               The world is desperately looking for heroes, people                                    and self-centered way of thinking. The
sociating Obama with Superman, as if
                                                                                                                                      leaders of tomorrow will be people or
asking the two to join forces and defeat       who will lead us out of the crises that are pummeling                                  nations who know they have to encour-
the escalating crisis. Obama’s sweeping
                                               us. Can President obama rise to the occasion and                                       age mutual support and strengthen the
inaugural speech before Congress was a
perfect testimony to this. It was a classic         defeat the villains of greed and egoism?                                          connections between people, and who
                                                                                                                                      are able to see others as heroes, too.
Superman speech.
    Superman, as we all know, always
                                                    can SuperMan                        to understand that none of the old                The new superheroes will commu-
                                                                                        methods will help him solve this crisis       nicate the laws of integration and uni-
“emerges stronger than before” after                Still prevail?                                                                    fication, necessary for our existence, to
                                                                                        because reality has changed. It’s not
a crisis. He always comes out on top          The only problem is that Obama is try-    just that the rules of the game have          the next generations. They will teach
and gains the upper hand even when            ing to be Superman in a post-Superman     changed; we are playing a completely          people to see themselves and others as
all seems lost. He saves the world from       era, an era where there is no place for   new game.                                     organs in one body, existing inside one
complete catastrophe at the very last         mythological superheroes, shrouded in                                                   nature, as one universal Superman.
                                              an aura of heroic loneliness. Obama,          Until recently, we have lived in an
moment, and gets a big round of ap-                                                                                                   And just like in a body, mutual care for
                                              like the rest of the world leaders, has   individualistic world, where the planet
plause in the process.                                                                                                                the benefit of the whole generates har-
                                                                                        was ruled by omnipotent financial op-         mony and life, whereas caring for the
                                                                                        portunists and brilliant, cunning ego-        self alone results in cancer. The new
                                                                                        giants. Now, however, the situation           Superman will help us all understand
                                                                                        has changed completely. It’s as if an         that this also applies to our single, uni-
                                                                                        invisible giant fisherman has caught          fied body of humanity, and once we un-
                                                                                        humanity inside one global net and left       derstand this, we will regain life in the
                                                                                        it hanging, lost and perplexed. The fat       systems that are now gasping for air.
                                                                                        sharks on Wall Street have suddenly               Could Obama be that Superman?
                                                                                        found themselves tossed into the same         Only time will tell. He is off to a prom-
                                                                                        boat as the smallest of the “small fry” in    ising start. He shows a great desire to
                                                                                        Istanbul, all gasping for air in unison.      change the world for the better, and has
                                                                                                                                      a personality that embodies a unique
                                                                                            In this new era, the collapse of the
                                                                                                                                      mixture of countries and people. The
                                                                                        financial system is clearly showing us        only question is whether he will be
                                                                                        that an attitude of using others, or even     wise enough to set the right example
                                                                                        just caring for yourself alone, is a venge-   for the other world leaders to follow.
                                                                                        ful, double-edged sword. Our ambition,        Otherwise, he may find himself carved
                                                                                        also known as the ego, has ceased being       into the pages of history as the last ego-
                                                                                        a loyal friend that helps us get ahead        istic Superman.

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     He is the only one of them all who does not seem to me ridiculous. Perhaps that is because he is thinking of something else
     besides himself.

                                                                                                                                                     antoine de Saint-exupery

                                                                                          ments. I didn’t gamble on housing or               a way forward
                                                                                          any of the other get rich schemes out
                                                                                                                                       I am an optimistic person, but it is

     i thouGht
                                                                                          there. Perhaps I was too willing to ac-
                                                                                                                                       clear to me that all of the rules have
                                                                                          cept the advice of financial planners
                                                                                                                                       changed. I have no confidence in the
                                                                                          with all of their asset allocation mod-
                                                                                                                                       economic stimulus plans, although I
                                                                                          els and long-term investment theories.

     i WAs                                                                                History always repeats itself, the mar-      am a supporter of this President. I do
                                                                                          ket runs in cycles, you cannot time the      not see how we can buy our way out
                                                                                          market, and so, in the end, you buy and      of this mess. It is like we are trying to

     retired,                                                                             hold investments, trusting the theory        pay off the judge in order to avoid go-
                                                                                          that what comes down will eventually         ing to jail, but the judge is harsh and
                                                                                          rise even higher. But I don’t think this     does not accept bribes. Something tells
                                                                                                                                       me that we must accept our sentence
     But i AM noW                                                                         will be so this time. The mess we are in
                                                                                          right now feels very different. No one       and learn from all this. I don’t claim
                                                                                          is talking about rebounding to past          to know what our lesson or lessons
     uneMPloyed                                                                           highs. All of the talk is about whether      might be, but I feel certain that our
                                                                                          we can avoid the dire straits of a total     lives have to change, as do our desires.
                                                                                          system collapse                              “He who dies with the most toys wins”
                                                                                                                                       was a funny bumper sticker, but it is
                                                                                              There is probably much blame to          funny no more. I think it is time to end
                                                                                          go around. For years, while I was still      this era of greed, selfishness and over-
                                                                                          a part of corporate America, I was in-       consumption. It is time to focus on
                                                                                          censed at the salaries, bonuses, perks       needs and not wants, and it certainly
                                                                                          and power being given to our CEO             wouldn’t hurt to think about how our
                                                                                          and to all CEOs. CEOs in the USA av-         actions affect the other guy, and not
                                                                                          erage 450 times the pay of the average       just about “what is in it for me.”
like so many people, my carefully crafted retirement                                      worker, CEOs in the next highest rank-
                                                                                                                                           There are so many of us in this pre-
                                                                                          ing country average 22 times the aver-
plans are in shatters. now it is time to move past                                        age worker’s pay. It’s not too hard to see   dicament. It is as if we are stranded
   the “blame game” and find our own solutions                                            that something was terribly wrong, but       on an island and there is no one com-
                                                                                          times were booming, money was be-            ing to our rescue – certainly not the
by Pete LaTona                                                                            ing made, stock prices were climbing,        government! Perhaps therein lie our

                                                                                          so who cared? Of course now we find          opportunities. Those of us with first-
    retired in late 2006 with a conser-       nancial markets over the past year. On                                                   hand experience on how the old rules
    vative financial plan in place that       the one hand, events unfolded in the        out that most of these profits were just
                                                                                          shell games and the people who could,        no longer apply can begin to create
    would last through the lives of my        blink of an eye, and on the other, it was                                                the new rules. We can find strength
wife and myself and still leave a little      a death by a thousand cuts. My retire-      manipulated their way to huge paydays.
                                                                                          The foxes raided the hen houses, and         by looking to each other. Our unique
something for the kids. My financial          ment plans were solid and in place, but                                                  bond will then expand into a feeling
planner and I choose an appropriate           now they are gone. Disappeared. Van-        they have all gotten away.
                                                                                                                                       of being truly connected, and this con-
asset allocation model and we needed          ished. Dead. They will not be revived            I need to get back to work. I need
                                                                                                                                       nection will feel so good and right that
only 5% returns to be in good shape.          and I am left with the shock, disbelief,    to earn money comparable to my for-
                                                                                                                                       we’ll begin to desire more of it. As we
My wife and I planned on working or           despair and anger of trying to figure       mer salary, but it won’t be easy. My age
                                                                                          and experience work against me, not          nurture this connection, we’ll begin to
volunteering, because we wanted to not        out what to do next.                                                                     realize what our world could look like
because we had to. After many years in                                                    for me. The job market is terrible, and
                                                                                                                                       if we took care of each other instead of
corporate America, this seemed like a                SearcHing for                        we just hit 23 straight months of net
                                                                                                                                       taking care of only ourselves.
great position to be in as we faced our                                                   job losses. There is no end in sight, but
                                                        anSwerS                           still, I conduct my daily job searches,          Why not put this into action? It has
“golden years.”
                                              What I want to know is: Who is re-          try to stay positive, and pray I do not      been talked about often, but never im-
   I am still in a little bit of shock over   sponsible for all this? I played by the     lose everything I have worked so hard        plemented. What do we have to lose?
everything that has happened in the fi-       rules. I put my money in secure invest-     to acquire.



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,,   Give us the knowledge of laws of nature, and both future and past will reveal their secrets.                                  ,,
                                                                                                                                                                    isaac newton

    ExPErT oPInIon                                                                       of “Chaos,” there’s actual communica-         at the inner mechanism will reveal a
                                                                                         tion reflected up and down the orders         flaming explosion of snapping teeth

                          My Cof
                                                                                         of magnitude between the inner and            and mainspring, leading to the grand
                                                                                         outer patterns. But for us, the conse-        finale – the freezing of gears, grind-

                                                                                         quences are a lot more serious than           ing to a halt. So it is with our business

                                f                                                        pretty pictures.
                                                                                             A most important example is our
                                                                                                                                       models: systematic doom seals the fate
                                                                                                                                       of even the most “successful” individu-
                                                                                                                                       als along with the rest of the human

                                                                                         complex heartbeat and circulatory

                                                                                         flow. The complexity actually keeps us        mechanism. It’s just a question of “who

                                                                                         alive. Because all the components work        by fire and who by ice.”
                                                                                         together in perfect harmony, communi-
                                                                                         cating as though in mutual love, coro-         Hope for tHe future
                                                                                         nary interactions operate smoothly on         Humanity’s evolution into a global
                                                                                         every scale. Natural fluctuations at any      economy through ever-growing and
                                                                                         level are corrected by the system as a        entwining infrastructures has given it
                                                                                         whole. However, if this “love” breaks         a worldwide heartbeat and circulation.
                                                                                         down and a part of the system selfishly       Murphy’s Law has already started to
                                                                                         pulls itself too far away for too long,       go berserk before our very eyes, yet we
                                                                                         something ominous begins to happen.           continue to proceed mindlessly against
                                                                                         The beat pattern grows smoother, at           Nature, like lemmings treading toward
                                                                                         first glance seemingly a sign of stability;   a cliff’s edge. No force can turn the situ-
                                                                                         that is, until it smoothes down to a sim-     ation around other than every person’s
                                                                                         ple sine wave, and finally - the straight     individual, free choice to see others as
                                                                                         line of cardiac arrest.                       the greater part of himself, rather than
                                                                                             The fractal’s universality makes the      isolated prey to feed upon. Do we not
                                                                                         above a fundamental law of nature,            yet realize that the pattern in each of
                                                                                         ruling all systems: mineral, vegetable,       our personal fractals is actually made of
nature is filled with examples of endlessly repeating                                    animal, and human. But only at the            all of us?
                                                                                         human level is there the freedom to               The clouds in my coffee dissipate
patterns, where the whole is built on the balanced                                                                                     on a hopeful note – a song the Young
                                                                                         follow a dysfunctional policy of “every
interaction of the parts. For generations, man has                                       man for himself.” Sweet as it may first       bloods provided five years before Carly
only looked at his “parts” – individuals. now, maybe                                     appear to gifted predators, beneath           Simon, “Come on people now, smile on
                                                                                         the surface the system begins an ac-          your brother. Everybody get together;
it is time to consider the whole – humanity
                                                                                         celerating decay, until the nightmare         try to love one another right now.” And
by Elliot Pines, Ph.D                                                                    finally comes out of the woodwork as          when we look into the eyes of Infinity,
                                                                                         Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go           maybe we’ll be met by an infinite frac-

      feel another downhill day coming,      its larger counterpart. Isn’t there some-   wrong will go wrong.”                         tal smile. Wouldn’t that be something!
      and I dread going into work. Will I    thing to be learned at this time from           It’s a bit like an enormous pocket            Despite the odds, my cup of java has
      get a sudden escort out this morn-     this property that is so pervasive in       watch over wound to the point of no re-       once again kept its promise to encour-
ing like poor Erika? Our manager, Phil,      Nature? Perhaps the world’s problems        turn. Though it may still be beautiful,       age. What message will your favorite
wouldn’t want us to steal or damage          and solutions are hidden within these       gold and shiny on the surface, a look         brew be giving you?
anything, especially staff morale – as if    unique, yet universal, patterns. And
there were any left! I’ve known Phil for     perhaps we could unlock this universal
30 years; what’s happened to him? To         secret if only we had a master key, the
the whole world?.                            “fractal”!
    At least we still have some creature
comforts, most notably – a gourmet cup            patternS of life
of java to give me some courage. Watch-      This term, referring to all these per-
ing that drop of cream in the coffee,        vasive self-similarities, was coined by
the pattern of swirls within swirls, I       Benoit Mandelbrot, due to the com-
can’t help thinking back to that 1972        mon element in the recurring pat-
Carly Simon song, “I had some dreams;        terns – their fractional dimension.
they were clouds in my coffee, clouds in     The math behind a fractal is a simple
my coffee…”                                  repeating formula, yet it can produce
    Clouds in coffee… swirls within          awesomely beautiful visuals. Looking
swirls… patterns, unfolding within           into them, one senses a deep, almost
themselves, over and over, like varia-       frightening, power – a two-way ebb and
tions on a theme. Isn’t this the way all     flow, as though looking into the eyes of
of Nature is? Fern leaves, coastlines,       Infinity itself.
clouds – each is composed of a geomet-           There really is a dynamic transcend-
ric shape that’s repeated at a smaller and   ing the still image. As pointed out by
smaller scale, each shape nested within      Robert Shaw, a pioneer in the science

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,,   Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.                              ,,
                                                                                                                                                       emanuel Swedenborg

   lETTErS FroM ThE rEadErS                                                                                                          procedures they perform, and wheth-
                                                                                                                                        er the hospitals are filled with sick
                                                                                                                                            patients. The system is built so

                                                                                                                                               doctors profit by keeping
                                                                                                                                                  the patients sick for as
                                                                                                                                                    long as possible! How-
                                                                                                                                                     ever, shouldn’t their
                                                                                                                                                     first and foremost
                                                                                                                                                     concern be for the pa-
CAn We stoP                                                                                                                                          tients to be healthy?

                                                                                                                                                         Yet, can we re-
                                                                                                                                                     ally go back to the
                                                                                                                                                     “good     Samaritan”
froM BeinG A                                                                                                                       system of ancient times? No, we can’t,
                                                                                                                                   because back then, people’s egos were

Business?                                                                                                                          much smaller than today. In addition,
                                                                                                                                   the problem is global, not local. Under
                                                                                                                                   these circumstances, the only way to
                                                                                                                                   create a healthy medical system is by
a letter sent to us by physician dr. angelov of boston, Massachusetts USa:                                                         creating a global solution that will ad-
                                                                                                                                   dress the egos of today’s people.
  wHat iS wrong witH                         ships between doctors and patients.        house, containing a coin for the healer,      If society as a whole will pay for
                                             Modern medicine is run by the profit       signifying that everyone in that house
   Modern Medical                            principle: It’s not about how effective    was healthy. If the vase was empty, this
                                                                                                                                   health, rather than illness, doctors
     inSurance?                              it is at helping the sick, but about how                                              will have incentive to prevent ailments
                                                                                        meant that someone in the house was
                                             much profit it brings to everyone in-      sick. The healer would enter and treat     from occurring in the first place. Then
35% of the stimulus package intended         volved.                                                                               people’s health will improve and health
to jumpstart the US economy is going                                                    the sick person to the best of his abil-
                                                 Doctors make money from their          ity; and the herbs, needles and other      care expenses will decrease.
to the medical industry, because it is
one of the hardest-hit by the financial      patients’ illnesses and medical proce-     medical supplies were paid for by the         Money should be removed from
crisis. Insurance rates have gone up, but    dures, and thus have little motivation     coin that hadn’t been put inside the       the doctor-patient relationship. A doc-
                                             to cure them, and patients, in turn,       vase. In his free time, the healer would   tor should receive administrative, not
people’s incomes certainly haven’t, so
                                             look for opportunities to sue the doc-     also go to people’s houses to make sure
many can no longer afford doctor vis-                                                                                              monetary, punishment for mistakes
                                             tors for malpractice. There is no trust    their diets and lifestyles were healthy.
its or medication. It’s even worse with                                                                                            he makes, and a patient should not be
                                             between them since the entire modern           Back then, health insurance was
the unemployed, who have lost health         medical insurance revolves around                                                     able to demand monetary compensa-
insurance entirely.                                                                     completely opposite to what it is today.
                                             money, rather than care for the patients                                              tion through the courts. Instead, the
    The government is trying to salvage                                                 People paid to help keep others healthy,
                                             and their health.                                                                     only kind of compensation he should
the situation, but unfortunately, it’s us-                                              and the person who was ill did not have
                                                                                        to pay.                                    receive is treatment.
ing the same measures that caused the         tHe Medical induStry
medical industry to go into crisis in the                                                                                             In Latin, “doctor” means “teacher.”
                                                waS not alwayS                               could tHiS ever                       So, a doctor is someone who should
first place: allocating funds to people’s
egos. But our egos are what caused the              tHiS way                                  work today?                          teach people how to live without get-
crisis! How so?                              In ancient China, 4000 years ago,          Clearly, we have to stop medicine from     ting sick! How different is this defini-
    People’s egos, their desire to make      every morning a healer would pass          being a business. Today, doctors’ sala-    tion from our present, egoistic medical
more and more money, have become             by every house in the village. A vase      ries depend on the number of sick pa-      system!?
more important than healthy relation-        was placed by the entrance to every        tients they have, the number of medical

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    WoMEn’S CornEr
                                                                                                                        Kirshner in Argentina, Pratibha Patil                  the world now needs through all these
                                                                                                                        in India, Gloria Macapagal in the Phil-                channels. And at the very least, every
                                                                                                                        ippines, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Libe-                woman can influence her boyfriend,
                                                                                                                        ria, Yulia Tymoshenko in the Ukraine,                  husband, friends and neighbors.
                                                                                                                        and many more. But this is not enough.                     Some of us may feel held back be-
                                                                                                                        We cannot leave the work to the lead-
                                                                                                                                                                               cause we are as confused by the present
                                                                                                                        ing women, because a true change has                   global fiasco as the next person. But ask
                                                                                                                        to begin from the bottom up (as proven                 yourself this: Who else can begin and

                                                                                                                        by Obama’s presidential campaign).                     power this spiritual transformation
                                                                                                                                                                               if not the women of the world? The
                                                                                                                          if not Me, tHen wHo?                                 global nature of our problems demon-
                                                                Are you?                                                As 2009 takes us deeper into the global
                                                                                                                        financial crisis, each and every one of
                                                                                                                                                                               strates that we are becoming one global
                                                                                                                                                                               family, and just like in a regular fam-
                                                                                                                        us should ask herself: what am I doing                 ily, women have the greatest power to
                                                                                                                        about the world’s situation? What con-                 change things for the better.
                                                                                                                        tribution am I making to amend the fi-
                                                                                                                        nancial crisis or the escalating violence?              a world in HarMony
                                                                                                                        Why don’t I make myself heard and                      It is time to bring our innate abilities
                                                                                                                        help lead the world to safer ground?                   out into the greater world – to use your
Throughout history, women have been the force                                                                               So, what exactly should we do? The                 strength, wisdom and understanding
maintaining harmony in the home and family. now                                                                         way to a better world starts at the level              to help the whole world be properly ar-
                                                                                                                        of recognition, a recognition that the                 ranged in the new, globalized reality.
it is time to use our wisdom to bring that same                                                                         current situation requires us to adopt                 Think of it this way: how many men
        balance to our world, the global village                                                                        relationships of compassion and con-                   are capable of maintaining a successful
by Keren Applebaum                                                                                                      sideration for all people in our small                 career while smoothly running a house-
                                                                                                                        global village. Thus, we must first make               hold, taking care of their children, and

        he world is be faced with many                      sionate, and to take necessary action                       the change within, in our hearts.                      naturally setting the tone for the proper
        unprecedented challenges, in-                       when the times call for it.                                                                                        functioning of the whole family?
                                                                                                                           Once we do this, we can begin to ed-
        cluding financial instability                          Women’s voices are being heard to-
worldwide, a record food shortage, and                                                                                  ucate the people around us about these                     The answer is clear. What our “glob-
                                                            day more than ever before, with a re-                       new attitudes. Women today have great                  al home” lacks is a woman’s touch, a
an escalating trend of violence in many                     cord number of women in office and
countries. Under these circumstances,                                                                                   influence over the media – we are edi-                 woman’s influence from within. Only
                                                            leadership positions. We have Hillary
the world’s greatest hope at this time is                                                                               tors, writers, TV show hosts, teachers,                then will our global family regain safe-
                                                            Clinton in the USA, Angela Merkel in
its women: their inherent ability to nur-                   Germany, Tarja Halonen in Finland,                          and radio talk show hosts, and we can                  ty and stability.
ture and heal, to be wise and compas-                       Vaira Vike-Freiberg in Latvia, Cristina                     promote the compassionate approach

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