Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World“: That is because by nature, the power to work is not equal with each and every person. One person in the society labors in one hour of work, due to his weakness, much more than his friend who works two hours or more. …Thus, you see that …the labor of the individual on the condition of the evident truth… is completely unfeasible since it cannot be examined and evaluated in any way.
If we are looking for social justice, we cannot rely on work hours because people are different. We cannot measure a person’s efforts objectively either. People’s success doesn’t indicate anything because one is born stupid and another clever, one is lazy and another is energetic, and so on. Heredity isn’t anyone’s fault, but it isn’t anyone’s accomplishment either.
So we cannot judge people according to the measure of truth because it is determined by the root of a person’s soul, his internal attributes that cannot be examined, weighed, or calculated. This means that we cannot complain about or evaluate a person’s productivity fairly. All our attempts to measure efforts and abilities are actually a total lie. We give children grades at school, we compare everyone in the army, we set an arbitrary standard of productivity at work, and all this only corrupts a person’s natural development.
Experts are beginning to understand the problem after having confronted the crisis in education. But the situation hasn’t changed. We simply cannot measure a person correctly according to the measure of truth.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/6/2011, “Peace in the World”