A question I received: What does it mean to have a “good attitude to others”? A regular person gets up in the morning, goes to work and has only a few hours left for his family. He says, “I work, I am a law-abiding citizen, I’m good to my family, and I have a good attitude to others.” Is this enough?
My Answer: There must be a feeling of community that helps us to achieve something higher. To begin with, a person should understand that he can earn a living only under the condition that he is honest inside. This is not simple; it has to be learned.
We may soon reach a situation where we will have nothing to eat and people will understand that the availability of food doesn’t depend on the harvest, but on their attitude alone.
We may reach a situation where we will be nourishing the soil with everything it needs, but our attitude towards the people we do this for will be wrong, and therefore we won’t receive anything from the soil – not one kernel, not one tomato, nothing.
We can make a movie about this. A person plants a field of tomatoes, but regardless of his efforts, nothing grows there except weeds, until he changes his attitude. It is because we need to correct our nature, and not on the animate, vegetative or still levels, but on the human level. There is nothing amazing about what I’m saying; it is all rational. The fact is that people are influencing Nature negatively on all the levels beneath them.
We will reach a situation where people will feel that if you don’t have the right intention, nothing will happen, but as soon as you form the right intention, you receive a blessing. It is called “revelation,” but it occurs through a path of such suffering. That’s a tough way to be educated! Through different systems, Nature will force us sit and learn how to create the correct intention and attitude. Through huge suffering, troubles, illnesses and chaos, we will learn that we only need to learn how to create the right intention.
(From the lesson on Baal HaSulam’s article, “One Precept,” on 03.05.2009)
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