Concerning the Obligation of Each Person to Study the Wisdom of Kabbalah
Imagine, for example, that some historic book were to be found today that depicts the last generations ten thousand years from now, for as you and we feel, the lessons of the torments and slaughtering will certainly [involuntarily] suffice to reform [correct] them into good comportments [transition from egoism to genuine altruism].
And these people, before them are good comportments that serve them to provide sustenance and complacency, or at least to guarantee a daily life of peace and quiet [not to mention the achievement of eternal life and perfection]. Undoubtedly, if some sage were to provide us with this book of the wisdom of statesmanship and the conducts of the [egoistic] individual, our leaders would seek out every counsel to arrange life accordingly, and there would “No outcry in our streets.” Corruption and the terrible slayings would cease, and everything would come peacefully to its place.
Now, distinguished readers, this book lies here before you in a closet. It states explicitly all the wisdom of statesmanship and the behavior of private and public life that will exist at the end of days. … [Kabbalistic] books and you will find all the good comportment that will appear and the end of days, and from them [these books], you will find the good lesson by which to arrange mundane matters today, as well. We can examine past history and by that correct the future history.
– Baal HaSulam, Writings of The Last Generation