Teaching Children Kindness

Dr. Michael LaitmanA question I received: If I raise my children on the principles of Kabbalah, through teaching them about love and bestowal, how will they survive in this egoistical world?

My Answer: Don’t fret over it. A child who grows up in an environment that provides only positive examples and motivates kind attitudes toward it does not become weaker than all other children. On the contrary, he discovers a multitude of good forces that assist and work for him, protecting him from the forces of evil.

Even in everyday life, we instinctively shield children from anything we consider bad and teach them to be kind to others, to compromise, and to be courteous. We act so because we innately understand that good relations with the environment – and not fighting with it or gaining something by force – imply security and peace.

It is evident that violence doesn’t solve any problems for an individual or a country. Those who use force always lose in the end, though they are hoping to succeed. This is how the corporeal world is built, where the only power that rules is that of the Creator. And even when it seems that someone is winning from using violence, we will surely see him fall. This refers to one person, a nation, and the world in equal measure.

We can succeed on one condition: having the equivalence of form with the Creator. This similarity is the key to success. Therefore, don’t be afraid that a child will receive a “soft” upbringing. Our task is to raise a person so that he becomes as close as possible to the Creator, and then, he will definitely succeed in life. Any other model of behavior will only harm him.

From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/1/10, Introduction to the Book, Panim Meirot uMasbirot

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