Baal HaSulam, “The Arvut (Mutual Guarantee)”: The degree which an individual caused by his actions, whether large or small, ultimately joins the future in shifting the world to a scale of merit, since his share has been added and joins the shift.
Every person has to carry out his own work, and by doing that every person works not for himself, but for others. That is our interconnection. A person does not have his own desire. His desire is in all other people. He does not have his personal work, which he can complete alone. He works until he corrects his inclusion into everyone else.
As a result we reveal a certain “holographic picture”: I am included in everything and everyone is included in me. Right now it is concealed from us because otherwise we would not be able to move from where we stand. Really, what do I have to give to others? I do not want to be occupied by their problems and do not want to do anything for them. I am unable to carry out work unless all of its fruits are consumed by others.
Therefore, it’s as if we have a veil over our eyes and we are living a lie: as if every person acts for the sake of his own interests and takes care of himself. Thanks to this, at this stage we can at least move in the egoistic intention of Lo Lishma. But later, in the altruistic intention of Lishma, we will discover that there is nothing private here and everything belongs to the common whole. Every person is included in everyone and every person’s work shifts to everyone, to their common account.
Therefore, no matter what the calculation may be, positive or negative, we make it only in relation to the common whole and evaluate a person’s actions only in relation to others. It’s impossible to say that his action was good or bad unless we evaluate the results by the influence on others: whether he brought them closer to the goal of creation or on the contrary, separated them from it.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/21/11, “The Arvut”