Question: How can we work in the group so that on the one hand we will remain creative and on the other, make decisions in a circle: listen carefully and hear everyone’s opinion and get everyone’s consent? These two processes usually don’t go along together.
Answer: Undoubtedly, we should aspire for a collective decision, but since we have to advance quickly, we cannot involve the whole group in decision making. That’s why there is the concept of the plant: We are divided into departments, into work groups and each group has its own job.
It’s impossible for the whole world to discuss and to be involved in every decision that is made. Therefore there are governments. When the nation of Israel was on a spiritual level, there was the Sanhedrin, a spiritual government that was made of sages, Kabbalists. Everything is always arranged in the form of a pyramid.
So there have to be groups that will engage in different projects. For example, I don’t know how dissemination, the editing of the books, or the movies are organized. It isn’t my job. I am asked about a direction, about the general strategy, and according to it those in charge work on a specific work plan.
We should learn from everything we have been through that all our decisions don’t operate in one direction or another. If a decision was accepted full heartedly, by trusting the friends, by being ready to devote ourselves so that they will do whatever they want, it’s a right decision. If we make any mistakes, we will correct them later. Then we will fall again and correct things again—our whole way is made up of mistakes.
It’s enough to see what the Torah tells us about the wandering in the desert: There were always problems that came up and which needed correction. This is also our way. So if we don’t succeed, we shouldn’t think that we have failed. If we discover that we are egoists and that we were wrong, it’s the right way and that’s the way it should be.
So regard all the problems in a balanced stable manner. Don’t panic as to what may happen to us if we don’t make the right decision. On the contrary, our advancement is a sequence of ascents and descents, in discovering evil and in correcting it. We have to accept the fact that we are headed towards our correction, and so we should relate to all the problems that arise in a balanced manner.
We shouldn’t worry too much about certain decisions that were made. No matter what you decide, whatever has to happen will happen. Be a little fatalistic, do whatever you can and accept whatever happens afterwards gladly.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 4/03/14, Questions and Answers with Dr. Laitman