Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to the Book of Zohar,” Item 18: And we must not ponder the state of other beings in the world but man, since man is the center of Creation, as will be written below (item 39). And all other creatures do not have any value of their own but to the extent that they help man achieve his perfection. Hence, they rise and fall with him without any consideration of themselves.
Just as we study in the four phases of the Direct Light, the first three phases of the Direct Light also stabilize and support the fourth phase. They correspond to the inanimate level of nature, the vegetative and the animate, while the fourth level is the level of the speaking. On the level of the speaking, there is a feeling of restriction, of the Returning Light and of equivalence of form with the Creator, through the first three phases that precede it. This is the reason why the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature rise and descend together with the human level. When it attains perfection they will also be included in that state, of course.
Then, as it says: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat.” The bestowal among humans will also reside in all of reality.
Today we want to correct the environment, to decrease pollution, and in the meantime storms, floods, volcanic eruptions and other natural disasters are expected in the near future. This will remind us of what happened on earth billions of years ago. We must understand that we cannot correct anything in the inanimate, vegetative, and animate nature directly.
Only by the correction of the human level can we balance the other parts of nature. They rise and descend together with man. No matter how much we try to improve the world, it will only smile at us when we correct ourselves.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/3/12, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar”