If all of us were integrally connected, each of us would define our self-perception by our attitude toward others. The bottom line is that everything returns back to us like a boomerang. If we wish good to ourselves, we should be good to others. The question is how we do it.
At this point, the parable about a frog and a scorpion comes to mind. Once, a scorpion had to go across a deep river and asked a frog to take him there on his back. The frog answered: “Do I look crazy?! You will sting me and I will die!” The scorpion promised not to bite the frog since if he did so they would drown together.
The frog believed him and put him on his back. When they reached the middle of the river, the scorpion stung the frog and he died. The scorpion drowned together with the frog, but before they died, the frog asked the scorpion: “Why did you sting me? Now you will die.” The scorpion answered: “Because I am a scorpion.” He couldn’t restrain himself from stinging the frog because it was his nature. It was beyond his power not to sting.
This is a common human problem. We don’t even realize how strongly our nature forces us to calculate everything we ever do in a primitive and rough way to benefit only ourselves. We are unable to consider the fact that we are connected with others. From morning till night we talk about our mutual involvement and overall connection on the radio, on TV, at our lessons. It is the same situation we previously saw in Russia. However, we all know that it doesn’t help a bit! It is impossible to change our scorpion-like nature.
If we really wanted to change ourselves and peacefully transition from capitalism to the next developmental stage, to a more beneficial social structure, we would understand that it will be possible by correcting ourselves, i.e. by replacing our nature.
But mankind does not have the means to change their nature. The only possibility is to use the force hidden inside nature: the Returning Light. This force is also called “the Torah”; however, people understand the word “Torah” incorrectly. The Torah is the Light of correction, as it is said: “I created the evil inclination and the Torah as a spice to correct it, since the hidden Light inside the Torah returns to its source.”
In other words, we have a chance to change our nature to so that we will feel in harmony existing in a perfect system. We feel such a complete mutual interdependence so that there is no difference in taking care of ourselves or taking care of others and fulfilling ourselves through them.
Even our egoism will acknowledge that bestowal works to its benefit, since “I” and the “others” are in fact the same and together we constitute an indivisible whole.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/13/14, Shamati #60