As Hurricane Dorian strengthens, Florida is contemplating evacuations. Every time there is a disaster like this we pay such a high price. First there are all the preparations before the storm hits and people leaving the area, and then the official evacuations begin. Many days of business are lost, and it costs billions to rebuild after the storm. Hurricane Harvey cost $125B,
Is there a way to prevent all the suffering, inconvenience, and tremendous cost of these natural disasters? Yes, by investing in enhancing human relations. It is our growing division, isolation and conflict at the human layer of the system, that is impacting all the other layers.
The human ego is growing, and when you add all the stress of modern life, you have a recipe for disaster. Nature provides us with many examples of harmony, but our ego is always trying to pull us apart. Any group of people that are spending a significant amount of time together throughout the day, need to learn to synchronize their egos so that they can balance each other out. Teams that truly understand how dependent they are on one another for their success, already know how to do this. But do they have a systematic program in place for working on their connection?
- Imagine how much money and heartache we could save by investing in treating one another slightly better.
- Imagine if we were taught about our interdependence from an early age, and encouraged to be concerned for the whole.
- Imagine if we made treating our planet and fellow man with respect a top priority in our society.
It may sound counterintuitive, and it may seem easier to deal with everything else except ourselves, but eventually we will figure it out.
5 Counterintuitive Things We Can Do
- Promote positive messages: In the future we will surround ourselves with reminders to be good to our fellow man, and we will fill public spaces with messages and examples of good human connections.
- Schedule time for connection: Companies and organization would do well to designate a significant amount of time each day toward strengthening human relations. Half an hour at the beginning of the day, and half an hour in the afternoon would do the trick.
- Create positive environments: Let’s start planning how to clean up our “environment” by getting rid of all the bad examples of human behavior we see every day; especially in the news, video games and many other pastimes and forms of entertainment.
- Love your neighbor: designate some time to connect with the people around you. If you are a company of any size, you can host a fun MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR event. At the event you can do a workshop about why it’s important to maintain good relations in the community. Events such as these can be scheduled on a regular basis.
- Activate your global connection: if you have offices around the world, use Zoom or some other conferencing system to connect your dispersed teams on a regular basis. Capture special moments of connection and embed them into your brand as reminders/examples or how good it felt to connect.
All these ideas are inspired by the explanation provided by Dr. Laitman on how to prevent these disasters:
Earth Is a System of Forces That Must Maintain Balance
The natural system we live in is a system of forces operating at different levels of inanimate, vegetative, living and human beings. It is a closed, integral system, where even the most remote elements are completely interconnected. The relationship between the pieces is so interdependent that each part affects the entire system.
We have been emitting carbon dioxide, polluting the oceans with non-biodegradable waste, fertilizing the soil with chemicals, feeding cattle and poultry with antibiotics, and the list goes on.
Think of our body as an example for a harmonious system. When any organ is out of balance, it throws the whole body out of balance and causes an illness. Physicians examine the balance across the systems in our body, and when they receive the test results, they diagnose the state of our body in relation to the norm. If certain parameters are too high or too low, it means that our body is not in good health.
Until the last fifty years or so, we lived in relative balance on Earth. In other words, this nice home that feeds and sustains us, was relatively “healthy.”
The illness emerged as we breached our balance with nature. We have been emitting carbon dioxide, polluting the oceans with non-biodegradable waste, fertilizing the soil with chemicals, feeding cattle and poultry with antibiotics, and the list goes on. The chemical and non-natural compounds don’t break down in the soil or the air, and ultimately we feed on them again and again. As a result, new diseases emerge within us and around us.
Instead of working towards balance with nature, we continue to work for the short term benefit of the rich and powerful.
Why Earth Is Sick
As long as the human ego controls our actions, the situation will only get worse. Greed drives corporations to use toxic substances in agriculture and medicine, and the integrity of nature is the least of their priorities. Governments are subject to tycoons, and scientists conduct their research according to the interests of the heads of industry and commerce.
Thus, we’ve thrown the natural system out of balance, and as a result we witness “natural diseases.” Just like a person who shows symptoms that indicate he is on the way out of his health range, our planet is getting sick. The “physicians of nature,” the scientists who study the various climatic conditions, are noticing that we are facing a terrible outbreak of disease.
Even if it seems that the climate is wonderful in one region and stormy in the other, this is all temporary. The planet is round and the natural system is integral. Ultimately, just like a foot infection can gradually spread throughout the body, the diseases of nature will spread throughout the planet.
But instead of working towards balance with nature, we continue to work for the short term benefit of the rich and powerful. In turn, inequality and polarization grow within human society, and society as a whole grows increasingly out of balance with nature. As the gap continues to grow, the blows of nature will cost us a great deal of suffering, sickness and death. Just consider the amount of damage that one earthquake can cause.
The Human Ego Blocks the Healing Process
Ultimately, climate destabilization will force us to change our ways. We will have to become conscious and wary of our balance with nature, and our connection with each other inside this integral system.
In fact, this change should have happened from the middle of the twentieth century, as we began to be bound through global interdependence in commerce, industry, economics, media, and so forth. The human race should have begun to act in mutual responsibility. That is, to take care of the needs of all mankind, while maintaining balance with nature.
But the reality is that we cannot even deal with our global challenges and their rapid spread because our own ego stands in the way. The human ego doesn’t care about climate change and is ready to trample any agreement on its way to getting its hands on every single penny.
Therefore, it is the human ego that we must balance first if we are to reach any stable agreements between us. Treaties such as the “Kyoto Protocol” or the “Paris Agreement” only serve to show us the futility of any attempt to solve our problems without taking the human ego into account.
To change our fate on this planet, we must begin with harmonizing the connection between all human beings.
The world is a single creation, and even our psychology and our inner forces interact with nature in ways that we don’t see or understand. Our thoughts and our intentions have a lot to do with our balance with nature.
We’re at a unique point in human development, where everyone can begin to see the need for harmonious human connections on a global scale, and yet, we don’t have the power and method to make that happen.
We can learn how to achieve balance with nature by activating our deep wiring for human connection.
Everything depends on the relationship between human beings. When we realize that and begin to consciously act on that, the whole system of nature will give us positive feedback. We will begin to sense that we are a global human family, and Earth is our only home.