Baal HaSulam, “The Peace”: When some element appears bad and harmful to us, it is but a self-testimony of that element; that it is still in the transition phase, in the process of its development. Hence, we cannot decide that it is bad and it is not wise for us to cast a flaw in it.
This passage speaks about thoughtful people and not about those who, like animals, don’t know where they live, why, and for which purpose. Unlike the latter, people who wish to explore themselves and nature come to a conclusion that we live in the world that is evolving, starting with the Big Bang up to this day. The still, vegetative, animate, and speaking levels develop gradually, from the simplest to the most complex forms.
As a result, we cannot make an absolute estimate of anything, any creature, act, or occurrence since we can’t see what will sprout from it in the end. Only when the fruit on the tree ripens completely can we realize that this juicy and sweet apple is ready to delight us.
Then we’ll see why it had to undergo all the previous stages and how it should be used. It can be learned only by observing all the intermediate forms, coming to the final stage, seeing the final form, and finding how to apply it. If, however, we haven’t reached the end of our development, even at the still, vegetative, or animate levels, we can’t say we already know what’s going on. After all, everything is weighed and evaluated exclusively by the final result.
Everything is learned from experience. A sage doesn’t sneak into the future, but rather makes conclusions based on the path he has walked. Therefore, it is said: “Nobody is as wise as the experienced one.” So, there is nothing bad or good in the world; everything is necessary.
Everything has its place, time, reason, and need to be, and only in the end do we learn that everything was supposed to be the way it was. Only at the finish line can we make a conclusion about anything at all.
This pertains to all parts of reality and more so to ourselves. Only in the final stage of evolution can we make conclusions and express opinions about ourselves: Who and what we are, why and for what purpose.
In the mean time, from all these explorations, we gain experience and learn from our mistakes. We finally understand that nothing in nature should be deleted since we don’t comprehend the reasons for any phenomena. Previously, man wanted to transform nature, “bend” it to fit himself, which only led to the worse.
We should be interfering with nature as little as possible and treating it with extreme care. In other words, we should restrict our egoism and use nature solely as necessary, as animals do. After all, in this world, in our bodies, we are similar to them. And hence, we can’t take from nature more than our body needs. Then, we will be evolving in it correctly, without harming it.
In the “Preface to the Book, Panim Meriot uMasbirot,” Baal HaSulam explains that even the non-Kabbalist sages, such as Plato and Aristotle, used to warn not to pass scientific knowledge to the masses. They feared that people would start developing technologies and getting from nature more than their bodies required until they would exhaust the Earth.
Therefore, we must be in harmony with nature in order to develop in its environment correctly.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/1/2011, “Peace in the World”