If you ask people in different countries whether they have hope for peace, it is hard to say what their honest answer would be. Many have completely despaired of good expectations and do not know what can help them. This applies equally to the “big and small of this world.” Despair overcomes everyone and we seemingly have forgotten basic things: Creating a family, having children, looking to the future… Humanity faces a serious problem, and apparently, it should bring people to a certain decision.
In the meantime hopes for a good tomorrow are melting, not to mention peace on Earth. Actually, the word “peace” in Hebrew (“Shalom”) is perfection (“Shlemut”).
At the beginning of the last century, as well as in the middle, at the end of the Second World War, there were high hopes for prosperity and progress, even for a breakthrough to the stars. But it all ended very quickly; today many would prefer not to think about tomorrow. Today, there is no more goal that attracts people. The human being without a purpose turns into a beast again…
We can observe firsthand how humanity is sinking, slips down in self-awareness and self-esteem, despite all the demagoguery of beautiful words. The spirit of life leaves and although various “masters of the world” are very much afraid of this trend that leaves people feeling helpless, they have nothing to give to people so they calm down and become satisfied with life.
All this can lead to big explosions. If a person has nothing to lose, he is capable of anything. He feels bad not so much because of material deprivation, but because there is nothing by what he can satisfy his human need to know the cause and purpose of existence.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/24/13, Writings of Baal HaSulam