Kabbalah provides people with the means to succeed in life, showing us that all of our misfortunes are caused by our egoism, which has been growing throughout history. In the past, our growing egoism fueled our drive for greater achievements and revolutions. Back then, our life was improving. But over the last 50 years, we have been feeling progressively worse. We feel that there is a crisis affecting virtually all areas of our lives, causing strife and divorce in our family lives, ruining our relationships with our children, and causing drug addiction and depression.
Thus, egoism has ceased making us fulfilled. For the first time in history, we do not wish to progress. And this crisis is universal. It is also happening in science, in education, and in culture. It’s inside us and it strips us of the opportunity to develop.
Egoism no longer entices us toward lofty goals and prosperity. On the contrary, it shows us that we will never be able to fill it, driving us to the point of despair. Moreover, egoism demonstrates that each person is connected to everyone else, that each person’s success depends on the success of all others, and that success will no longer come from using others for one’s personal benefit.
We have reached a developmental stage that has no precedent in the previous generations. Our ego is not pushing us forward any longer, but quite the opposite: it stops us. It is telling us, “From this moment on, you have to use me differently. You have to know how to use me to feel good.” The answer is that we have to use our egoism for the service of others rather than for ourselves, because each one of us is connected to everyone. This is how we can attain happiness.
This approach is so opposite to the way we are used to using egoism that we are at a loss as to what to do. Not using our egoism means not using our nature! But then everything comes to a halt and goes into crisis mode. And this is what is happening today: we can no longer do anything. For example, we are unable to do business with each other, because every deal we make has to be considerate of how it affects everyone else. Small business still works for the time being, but big business can no longer function.
Living inside this universal egoism, people are suddenly starting to feel that there’s no reason for them to take pride in their achievements compared to what others achieve. And this means one has no reason to use others any longer. The inner sensation of our connection with one another, revealed to us by the current crisis, is leading to a situation where people will stop feeling pleasure from using others. This is very strange, but this is what is happening to us. Eventually, we won’t feel pleasure from money, fame or power. So what will he have left? We will then understand that the way to reach happiness and prosperity lies in the connection between us.
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