Question: What is goodness according to the wisdom of Kabbalah? Can you give an example?
Answer: I cannot give an example of goodness because it is impossible to show it. Just because people do good, that is, meet others’ needs – it’s not good. Our “good actions” in the corporeal world do not have a positive effect. Many organizations and people perform “good actions” for others, but we don’t see any proper, positive consequences of their actions. After all, it is necessary to first know the plan of the creation, the internal structure of the world, and the system of forces that operate on it, and then act in accordance with them.
Imagine a computer is in front of you and you don’t know which software operates it, what could you do? It is the same in our world, in the system of the creation, which is just like a giant computer we enter without knowing that the thoughts, feelings, and especially the mutual relations between us affect all of nature in a very active accurate manner. When the relations between us are incompatible with the plan of nature, we make mistakes and press all the wrong buttons. We don’t see the keyboard and the actions that we perform on it, and so the outcome is a corrupt humanity, problems with the environment and in every aspect of life.
We don’t know what is really good for us. As the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We don’t understand what good intentions are. If they were correct, it would be the way to heaven, that is, the proper correspondence between us and nature. Everything would be good and nice: fresh clean air, warm sunshine, and birds singing.
But we see the world is totally different: there are radioactive clouds looming over our heads, the earth under our feet is polluted and burning, tsunamis and tornadoes are approaching. We have prepared a very precarious future precisely because we don’t know how to influence the world correctly.
Therefore, we need to abandon the usual stereotypes of “good and bad” and understand what “good” or “bad” means in terms of nature. And from nature’s point of view, these concepts are totally opposite to ours because we are created in an egoistic form.
If we ascend above our egoism, we will be able to clarify all these terms objectively; we will understand the nature of our relationship with nature and will be able to act correctly.
Question: To sum up, could you define what goodness is from a Kabbalistic perspective?
Answer: Goodness is everything that enables us to reach the level of the proper mutual cooperation and harmony with nature. When we are in a balanced system, we will begin to feel the system of nature itself as a new dimension of eternity, infinity, and perfection. A person must reach this state and discover what good and evil are by himself, as the Torah says, “and you will be like God, and know good and evil.”
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 10/26/16