Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World:” Therefore, we must understand and be very careful when casting a flaw in any item of Creation, saying it is redundant and superfluous, as that would be slander about its Operator.
Humanity is beginning to realize after it has suffered from “clever” theories that required eradicating “extra” for the sake of everyone’s welfare. Once, there was an opinion that our body had “unnecessary” parts. Up until now, we have practiced social regulation by artificial, contrived criteria. In education, culture, economy, politics, trade, in all areas, we resort to unnatural measures and forms of governance. The consequence of this is the distortions that raise the level of our suffering to the world crisis.
In fact, we need to learn the correct development from nature. It is perfect initially and we are its consequence. Our thoughts and feelings also stem from what it has given us. So we just have to imitate it, take its example.
Indeed, many of the latest technologies are based on the knowledge of natural systems and mechanisms in the attempt to reproduce them artificially.
We must do the same thing in society, in our social, economic, trade, and other relations. If we had copied nature on ourselves, we would have gotten rid of all the problems.
It is common knowledge that the Creator did not complete Creation when He created it. And we can see in every corner of reality, in the general and in the particular, that it abides by laws of gradual development, from absence to completion of growth. For this reason, when the fruit tastes bitter at the beginning of its growth, it is not considered a flaw in the fruit, since we all know the reason: the fruit has not yet completed its development.
And so it is in every element of reality: When some element appears bad and harmful to us, it is but a self-testimony of that element, that it is still in the transition phase – in the process of its development. Hence, we cannot decide that it is bad and it is not wise for us to cast a flaw in it.
We can say that the world is evolving and we are discovering more complex things in it or we can say that we ourselves are developing and that is why we see the world in more advanced and complex ways.
Whether we are talking about the world outside or the world inside of us is not important. The final conclusion can be simple: “Don’t touch Nature. Don’t stir it with your “dirty” hands and your stupid mind that is able to see just what is within a millimeter of your nose. You better take care of yourself. You have the globe. So, try to live in peace with it and if not it will not be good for you.”
With our corrupt mind, our “dirty,”—that is, egoistic—hands, we interfere with the matters of the Earth, the wealth and resources of which are limited. They are given to us only to move forward in a balanced way according to nature, not adversely against this universal all-encompassing system.
If we do realize our negative attitude, nature immediately begins to defend itself automatically and we encounter the consequences of our increasing error in its response. This causes great suffering, crisis, and the threat to our very existence: the danger of annihilation.
All this because we do not understand: Nature is perfect, and we just need to learn how to join this system fully in a balanced way.
Question: Does this mean that we need to adopt vegetarianism, naturalism, environmentalism, and other methods of this kind?
Answer: If they had stemmed from deep, thorough studies of nature, I would have agreed with them, without even becoming familiar with them completely. The entire point is in the rational, exploring approach.
The principle is simple: The human being is not prohibited from doing anything that does not disturb the natural balance. Of course, we can eat meat and fish, cut down trees, plant plants, and enjoy life. However, we must always know where the boundary is beyond which there are actions directed against balance, and how well we fit in the system of nature.
How can I check this? It is only through my egoism. Where I use it, there, harm begins. After all, nature is an analog system that is entirely altruistic and based on mutual bestowal. All its parts, similar to the organs of our body, care only about the welfare of the whole. This is the way we should see nature in order to check ourselves. Do we act in a similar manner? Do we seek perfection or not?
This is what it means to act not artificially but naturally, to be in constant love and bestowal, which is the law of nature instead of egoism that seeks its own advantage. Thus, at our level, we can carry out the law of nature, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,” the law by which its every part lives.
A predator, devouring prey, never does it for the enjoyment of the suffering of others. He just hunts for food and nothing more. The deeper we understand nature, the more convinced of this we become.
Accordingly, we need to understand what and how much we must receive from nature. There is no problem if we use it only to live with it in balance, in other words, if all our actions are for the good of others, for the benefit of the still, vegetative, and animate nature.
How is this achieved? First, we need to correct our own nature. After all, what the lower levels perform instinctively, we must realize in what is called “above reason,” above egoism, and for this we study the method of integral education.
Question: In nature, the strong eat the weak, and it does not disturb harmony. However, this causes a devastating effect among people.
Answer: Uncorrected egoism acts in us. However, in fact, this law should be carried out differently among people, the strong helping the weak in correction. The wolf eating the sheep brings correction, for example, helping the population get rid of the weak animals. Thus, we must help each other according to the same principle of harmony and balance, only it is not eating, but equal love toward everyone at the human level, commitment for the sake of others.
Question: How can we measure our strength or weakness in this context?
Answer: It is through service to others. Either I serve them or use them.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/9/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam