This is actually typical of man, as opposed to the animate level. Animals can usually take care of themselves and succeed in life.
It says that “a day old calf is called an ox.” Animal cubs develop very quickly and are ready for life after a couple of weeks. They can manage by themselves and live independently. This is true for all living things except for man. A human baby usually cannot manage and live without the help of grownups during the first 10-15 years of his life.
That is why the involvement of many people in a child’s life is a precondition for its existence. Therefore individuals were compelled to unite into a single community called a “people” or a “nation.” Each engages in one’s own trade, some in agriculture, and some in artisanship. They connect through trading of their products. Thus, the nations were made each with its unique nature, both in material life and in cultural life. Observing life, we see that the process of a nation is just as the process of an individual.
The functioning of each person within the nation is like the functioning of the organs in a single body. There must be complete harmony among the organs of each person—the eyes see and the brain is assisted by them to think and to consult, and then the hands work or fight, and the legs walk. Thus, each stands on its guard and awaits its role. Similarly, the organs that comprise the body of the nation—counselors, employers, workers, deliverers, etc.—should function in complete harmony among them. This is necessary for the nation’s normal life and for a secured existence.
Question: But why don’t I feel this harmony in our society?
Answer: This harmony doesn’t exist, but Baal HaSulam writes about what should be. A society has to exist like a healthy body in which all the organs operate in coordination with one another and in general harmony sustaining the body in the optimal manner. This is also how the connections between people of the same nation or the same country should be so that each one functions and works and thus provides society with what he can and receives from the society to the extent that the society can give him. Then we will lead a good life.
If a society wishes to be healthy, it has to keep the laws that operate in a healthy body. Everything depends on the connection between the organs or the parts of the nation. If the connections are bad, the body is ill and feels worse and worse until the connections disappear completely and the body dies. The same thing happens in the society: if bad connections operate in it, the society becomes ill until it disappears in various ways. Human history teaches us that when the connections between members of a certain society are weak, that society is doomed to extinction. This nation simply steps down from the stage of history. This is the reason that we have to urgently take care of the health of our nation.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/9/15, Writing of Baal HaSulam