Altruism—The Principle of Life
If we explore the principle of altruism in nature, we discover it is the basis of all life. Every living organism is composed of a plurality of cells and organs that work together, complementing each other. In this process, they are obliged to concede, influence, and help one another. The law of integration of cells and organs according to the altruistic principle “one for all” is effective in every living organism.
The law of evolutionary development forced elementary particles to connect into atoms, molecules, and then into living organic cells that are able to reproduce by themselves according to an intracellular program. Living cells have the desire to reproduce and create more complex organisms, and all this happens due to connection.
Connections become more extraordinary. Inside living bodies such processes happen with which human wouldn’t agree. For example, a cell is ready to die in order to make room for new cells, or serve as food for other cells, and so on. That is, in the process of development, the altruistic actions are performed on the part of nature when one takes care of the entire environment in general.
For example, cells of the human body exist in one system and are fully subordinate to it. It’s not because it has power over them, but because each small cell, according to its internal program, seeks to join the system. For them the law of the system, of the general connection, is the utmost and most important asset.
They themselves are willing to live or die—it is not important to them. The feeling of the law of the system in which they exist is higher for them than their own material existence. A cell kills itself in order to make way for a new life, and through this it gets connected to the general process or general program.
In terms of the general program, this cell doesn’t die, but precisely continues to live due to the fact that it provided the place for the new living cells.
It allegedly doesn’t conform to the fact that all of nature is based on egoism. The connection always involves concessions and annulment, and the more complex the living compound, the more annulment it requires.
When non-living plant and animal cells connect, concessions are not the result of a primitive egoistic calculation, but a desire to win at a level higher than the one visible to us. A cell, by annulling itself, gives life to more complex cells that appear in its place and through them gets a new existence on the higher level.
This way non-living material is transformed into a plant, a plant into an animal, and an animal into human. At each stage, the matter becomes more complex, and this high organization is only possible due to annulment for the sake of connection. This way connections become more qualitative. They have no egoistic calculations of the previous existence but only care about the higher connection.
Fish go to spawn and die for the sake of future offspring. Biologists think that this is blind instinct, but nature does not kill just like that. Due to the death of the lower level, the life on the higher level is born.
Through self-sacrifice at the previous stage, a more complex and advanced combination appears to such an extent that even conventional non-living materials become radioactive and emit particles. Any chemical compound, even the simple atoms of hydrogen and oxygen, is based on mutual concessions where each one sacrifices its independence in order to connect.
If the material then decomposes, it means that it is more stable in this form rather than in a connected one. This is the essence of all chemical reactions and processes. A more complex compound is a more valuable gain. This is the process of development that raises the nature to a more highly organized level, each time requiring more significant sacrifice.
Therefore, altruism is the principle of life, because without it, connection at the level of elementary particles, or atoms, or molecules, or any organisms would be impossible. There would be no complex living beings and only due to the complex organization do we have feelings and intelligence.
All highly organized forms of life that require the ability to match and compare one with another are based on annulment and connection as well as on the self-sacrifice for the sake of a higher state.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 1/11/17, Lesson on the Topic, “Mismah Arisa,” (Arosa Document)