Where Is Democracy?

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: The Creator limits my freedom according to nature’s laws, but what if I don’t want that? After all, He didn’t ask me. Where is democracy?

Answer: Actually, the Creator develops modern people differently, and accordingly they ask the relevant questions about Him. This is the way it should be. This is why our world is changing, so that the questions about Him will be evoked in us. As a result, all the questions and claims should be aimed at the Creator. It is all meant for a person to reach despair.

On the one hand, it seems that there is freedom in this world and that I can do whatever I want to. On the other hand, my “childish” mind gradually perceives that the world is controlled by a system of laws and that I can’t do whatever I want to at all, even if I really want to do so. There is a difference between what is desirable and what is.

Gradually I understand that it is all about the laws of the world, which are ironclad rules. They are revealed to me more clearly and oblige me more and more. As a result I don’t feel so comfortable and so good, but on the whole this is how I learn.

At the beginning a child enjoys everything and his requests are fulfilled. Later we begin to limit him. We teach him the rules of life and demand things from him. This is how he grows.

You are talking about democracy, about freedom. But what kind of freedom is this? Freedom from what? Freedom for what? Freedom under what conditions? After all, you are not living in a vacuum; you already have certain attributes, you are already something.

“Freedom” for you is when you immediately get everything that you desire: “I want a palace!”—here you go. “I want to be strong and clever”—here you go. This way you are free of any limitations, you are omnipotent.

But you didn’t choose your mind and personality, which means that you aren’t really free. Furthermore, your desires depend on the values that you were raised with, which isn’t freedom either. There are already preliminary conditions instilled in you, which influence you. So what kind of freedom is this? It isn’t the way you imagine it. You simply haven’t clarified this.

On the other hand, the Creator really wants you to be free. Then you will be free of what he has inserted into you and instead, you will build the opposite attributes above that. You will find true freedom among the 613 “sins” and the 613 “commandments,” which is something new, a third factor, the middle line, the spiritual world. It doesn’t exist without you. If you don’t create it, it will not exist.

In the meantime, don’t forget: You are a created being and thus not free, you are limited in your qualities and in your desires.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/15/12, “Introduction to the Study of the Ten Sefirot

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