A Man Or A Beast

Laitman_712_03Question: You keep saying that a person who doesn’t ask the question of “who am I and what am I living for?” is on the animal level and when this question awakens in him it is a sign that he develops to the human level.

If the Creator is whole and perfect and has created only perfection, the beast to serve man, and man to serve the Creator, why are we called the animal level?

Answer: When we are managed by pleasure or sufferings, we are on the animate level of our development. When the desire grows in people, a yearning to discover the meaning of life appears. This is an egoistic desire, which is higher than the instinctive beastly desire according to which a person only wants to manage in this world in the best possible way.

The desire to attain and to know the meaning of life on the other hand, leads a person to study the wisdom of Kabbalah, and he begins to develop himself by his efforts to resemble the Creator. To the extent that he resembles Him he is called man, Adam, stemming from the Hebrew word “Domeh,” to resemble the Creator, while in his natural desires he remains a beast until he corrects everyone so that they resemble the Creator, the attribute of love and bestowal unto everyone!

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