Question: Humanity must undergo a sufficient amount of afflictions for the spiritual awakening and revival to begin. Does this mean that the worse things become, the sooner people will be ready for spiritual awakening and revival?
Answer: Why should we wait for the external revelation of evil? Let’s look inside ourselves and discover so much evil there that it will be enough to ascend, so we need not wait for ill-fate.
Question: Does this mean that the moment we discover our own evil, we will want to escape it?
Answer: Of course, a child, for example, can wait until he is punished and only then begin to do his homework. But he may realize that it is better to do his homework right away so that he will not be punished and then he will be free to run off to play.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 12/27/15