Looking At The World From The 2nd Floor

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe desires of the public are as if on the 1st floor, where there is a simple relationship between desire and fulfillment. And we need to be on the 2nd floor, where there is a relationship between the recipient and the giver; that is the intention.

I can go to a restaurant, pay money, and get pleasure in exchange. And I can visit a friend and pay no money. After all, I pay him by my attitude and he also brings me pleasure by his attitude. That is, we are already on the 2nd floor.

The restaurant had only one floor; I got pleasure, and compensated for it with money, gave pleasure at the same level, on the same floor. But it is not so with a friend: I received a treat from him, but did not pay for it with money, and I enjoyed his relationship to me more than the treat itself.

On the 2nd floor, fulfillment is our relationships with each other. No matter what treat I received from you, just a cup of coffee, your attitude towards me can be a billion times more valuable.

We bring pleasure to the Creator by what we do on the 2nd floor. I do not feel fulfillment on the 1st floor; it is just filling the stomach, and I do not care from whom I got it. The tools of the 2nd floor are personal relationships.

I feel the pain of others on the 1st floor; it is called to “empathize with the suffering of society.” But then I am rewarded with the “pleasure for the whole society.” And why am I doing this? To delight the Creator.

I go out to them as a restaurant owner to hungry visitors and say that I have the food they will receive. But I immediately begin to teach them and invite them to the 2nd floor. I am saying that if we unite, we create connection between us that will give us a special strength with which we shall depend on no one, neither on any government nor on officials. We ourselves will put our world in order.

You cannot just say this to people at once; they will not believe it. First, you have to make them feel that this is indeed possible in some workshop. And then we can say: ” Please note: Due to this force, which we now reveal between us, we can fix all of our lives.”

We can get this force only by connecting with the group, the teacher, and the books. Even on the 1st floor we cannot be successful without their help. We see that the world cannot cope without this. The world is abundant, but people cannot live a good life because they have no power of unity.

The force of their connection is negative because everyone wants to use everyone else. Therefore, half of the world throws away surplus food and half of the world is starving. This gap will grow day by day. After all, we need to understand that the reason is the bad connection between us that we cannot correct, but everything depends on it. And in the meantime, the split between us grows more and more.

The world has changed completely in 30 to 40 years—everyone is in conflict with each other. Arab countries, first united by one idea but now divided, are in strife and war with one another. After all, the higher management seeks to reveal clearly that we do not have the right connections between people and that this is the cause of all the evil in the world.

People already understand this. When you talk about this, they quickly agree. That is, perhaps a few sentences are enough to lead anyone to the conclusion that our good life depends on good relationship between us. But he immediately says that it is impossible to correct.

You should not argue here; you just have to invite him to a workshop so he will experience this himself and check whether it is possible or not. It is not for nothing that it is said: “There is none wiser than the experienced.”
From the Preparation for the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 8/26/13

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