Maximum Pleasure With Minimum Investment
Question: From the point of view of Kabbalah, what kind of force drives all of creation? What compels everything to go around?
Answer: Only two forces exist in the world. One force is the desire for pleasure, the desire to fulfill oneself, and the second force is the desire to bestow. The desire to bestow belongs to the Creator.
The desire for pleasure is inherent in every creature, beginning from the smallest atomic particle, through every molecule, to all of the objects that exist in the world: still, vegetative, animate, and human. The desire for pleasure is the substance of creation, and it can be in thought or in physical substance. The goal is the preservation of life, making everything in existence more comfortable and pleasant. Consciously or unconsciously, at every moment, we strive for this goal.
The energy of pleasure is what drives matter. If matter comes in contact with the power of Light, with the life energy, it feels balanced, full, and in the most pleasant and best state.
Our desire works according to a single, permanent formula: maximum pleasure with minimum effort. However, each one receives pleasure according to his nature and from different sources. One wants to fill his belly, a second the mind, and a third the emotions.
There are three types of material fulfillment that also characterize animals: food, sex, and family, and there are another three human fulfillments: wealth, honor, and knowledge. It doesn’t make a difference what a person does. He is driven solely by pleasure. We have no possibility of behaving otherwise.
Everyone strives to receive more pleasure or to avoid suffering. This law lies at the foundation of our substance. That is how we are born, and that is how we exist. All of us are egoists who want to enjoy every moment of our existence, in the past, present and future.
How much does a person enjoy at the expense of others? It depends on his education, fear of punishment, and the influence of the environment. Relying on this, he makes a calculation. Is it worthwhile to steal to be rich? Perhaps, one could even murder in order to gain paradise, like the Jihadists imagine.
No matter what, pleasure is always found at the base of the calculation, at the base of all actions. As it is said, a human being is not alone in acting this way; in general all of creation acts this way. According to the formula of seeking maximal pleasure with minimum investment, it is possible to compute the behavior of every part of creation.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM 11/29/15