Doing Good For One’s Own Sake

Dr. Michael LaitmanOpinion (from the Association for Psychological Science): “According to lead researcher Benjamin Converse, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology at the University of Virginia, the research was inspired by the kinds of deals many of us seem to make in which we promise ourselves that, if we can just make it through some trying situation, we’ll be better citizens in the future. …

“The researchers hypothesized that waiting for an important, uncontrollable outcome may lead people to do good deeds with the implicit expectation that the universe will return the favor, a phenomenon they refer to as ‘investing in karma.’”

My Comment: This attitude towards the upper force is called bestowal in order to receive and represents a more refined egoism, such as with religions in which, besides it, there are also upbringing, habit, and the support of community. No earthly methods can help us come out of egoistic intentions.

True altruism, that is, actions not for oneself, is possible only under the influence of the upper Light that can be attracted only by the correct study of authentic Kabbalah. Obviously, selling amulets, red strings, and holy water are doubly egoistic methods both from the seller’s side as well as from the buyer’s side.

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One Comment

  1. Why does it matter? Let’s say I am sitting next to someone who is hungry, and I happen to have extra food. And I give them my extra food. Why does it matter what my intentions to give are, considering their intentions are very real in their need to receive food (that they do not otherwise have)?

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