At the animate level, we transplant and clone organs; at the vegetative one, we employ the newest agricultural technologies. If we didn’t genetically modify the produce we grow, we wouldn’t have much to eat.
In the past, fruit and vegetables would rot in a few days, but today, you can use a tomato to play football with and eat it a week later. Despite all the disadvantages, it should be understood that this serves to save the world. On one hand we “corrupt” what nature created; on the other, we perform a correction.
Therefore, at the still, vegetative and animate levels, we manage to make life more comfortable and pleasant for our egoism. Indeed, we can modify the previous levels of evolution to fit our needs by creating a comfortable environment. We don’t live in tree houses, teepees, and igloos any more, but we build houses with heating systems and electricity for ourselves. We modernize the earlier stages and see how beneficial it is for us. But the benefit expires when we transfer our approach to the level of “human.”
People don’t see this border, while at the human level, we don’t have the means to correct the situation. Therefore, by employing the same methods, we are destroying everything. By not correcting the human degree, we cause corruption at the lower rungs. As a result, although we might succeed there, to a greater extent, we do not, and the situation is getting worse.
Try as we might to improve and upgrade our life, we suffer from it nevertheless. After all, the human degree in us is above all the others, which results in their falling apart under its pressure. This is why Baal HaSulam writes in the “Preface to the Wisdom of Kabbalah,” there is no point in taking into consideration the lower rungs since they rise and fall along with man. Moreover, this mostly implies not the external world but primarily our inner degrees of development.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 12/22/10, “The Peace”