Correct Desires Instead Of Using Them

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn our world, we exist at the animate degree. Hence, we can take from nature only as necessary to sustain the body. However, we pump its resources out for the needs of the speaking degree.
Unlike the animate level, the “human” in me demands more: It wants money, honor, and knowledge. These desires can’t be satisfied by raping nature.

I can take a few pounds of metal called “gold” from it and thereby gratify my vanity and lust for power. How does metal relate to the lack of power? Why do we use the resources of one level for the needs of another? It is totally wrong.

Desires pertaining to food, sex, and family should be met according to natural instincts, which doesn’t destroy nature since you are acting at the animate level. If rabbits in the woods don’t have enough food, their numbers decrease. Thereby, one exists in balance with nature and is directly in circuit with it. Instead, we artificially place ourselves above nature, exploiting its levels in order to engage the speaking one.

The authentic correction of the speaking level should be different. We employ nature for necessities, while all other efforts are directed at the connection with people. Thereby, we correct our yearning for money, honor, and knowledge. Otherwise, we destroy the animate and vegetative levels, which is exactly what we are witnessing today.

In our relationship with nature, if we didn’t employ our desires for wealth, honor, and knowledge, there would be fewer of us on the Earth, probably a billion. Our life would be simpler, and we wouldn’t be exploiting our desires, but rather correcting them. It would result in our living in balance with nature at the still, vegetative, and animate levels, as well as at the speaking one.

Moreover, this degree would endow us with the sensation of the inner essence of nature, the upper force hidden in it. By having corrected the desires for wealth, honor, and knowledge, we would get to step inside nature and see the depth of its being, eternity, and perfection.

From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 5/1/2011, “Peace in the World”

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