Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World“: How can we even try to ease one’s mind by promising him equality with all the people in the collective? For nothing is further from human nature than that, while one’s sole inclination is to soar higher, above the whole collective.
Even if we could reach “fair” distribution and social “justice,” wouldn’t the tendency to be more than others appear in every individual? Why do I have to be like everyone else? Can we bear it?
Fair distribution in itself is opposite to our nature, our essence. After all, we each feel our own uniqueness. There is nothing more hateful than to be like others, to be identical. I have to be different in someway, opposite or superior to others; otherwise I don’t feel that I am human.
Animals can be similar to one another and so can undeveloped people. But we’ve already grown out of it. We’ve been through ages of evolution at the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate nature of the human degree. Now we have reached the level of “human within human,” and so no one can be satisfied by being like everyone else. It could have been so in the age of slavery or feudalism, but today’s world is changing. Look at what’s happening in China or India, where people used to naturally be inclined to be like others. Today it isn’t so.
Hence, it’s impossible to establish social justice because by nature, no one can be equal to another. It is impossible to reach social equality in our world on our own. When we lived in tribes, everything was fine, but today there is no chance to reach peace, satisfaction, and common consent that we won’t breach shortly thereafter.
This is a great problem, and it stems from our uniqueness. The Creator has “cunningly” inserted this “provocative” attribute into us, which breaks our social initiatives and doesn’t allow us to relax and to agree with being like everyone else.
And although we have clarified that it comes from a sublime reason, that this attribute extends to us directly from the Creator, who is single in the world and the Root of all creations, still, out of the sensation of singularity, when it sits within our narrow egoism, it affects ruin and destruction until it became the source of all the ruins that were and will be in the world.
So, despite the efforts of the demonstrators, sincere fighters, and instigators, nothing will help us. The conflicts will never allow us to reach an agreement at the round table. Every agreement will bring about new corrections and reprimands. No agreement will ever last for more than a moment.
It’s not just that people cannot be equal to one another. Today mutual connection is required because people have to adapt to nature this way. This is the second big problem: How can we reach connection above all the differences, all the desires, and all the uniqueness of every individual?
We have to “erase” this uniqueness; otherwise, how can we connect? Or we must use this uniqueness in order to connect.
Now we are in a very delicate position: Man’s nature with all its contradictions and uniqueness is pushing him to use others. And opposite to it, there is the necessity to unite.
From the 5th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/10/2011, “Peace in the World”