Why Did the Creator Place the Burden of Creation Upon Us?
There still remains room to ask: “If the purpose of the Torah and the entire creation is but to raise the base humanity to become worthy of that wonderful sublimity, and to cleave onto Him, He should have created us with that sublimity to begin with, instead of troubling us with the labor in corrections by the method of Kabbalah.”
We could explain that by the words of our sages: “One who eats that which is not his, is afraid to look at one’s face.” This means that anyone who feeds on the labor of others is afraid (ashamed) to look at his own form, for his form is inhuman.
Because no deficiency [deficiency refers to feeling not pleasure but shame from Him] comes out of His wholeness, He has prepared for us this work, that we may enjoy the labor of our own hands. That is why He created creation in this base form. The work [correction of one’s egoistic nature] lifts us from the baseness of creation, and through it we reach our sublimity by ourselves. Then we do not feel the delight and pleasure that comes to us from his generous hand, as a gift [in shame, as we are the created ones, unequal, and unable to return the love we discover as coming from Him], but as owners of that pleasure [having merited it].
– Baal HaSulam, “The Love for the Creator and Love for the Created Beings”