New Life #807 – What Is Self-Correction Really?
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Yael Leshed-Harel
What is self-correction in Judaism? How can we use every attribute correctly? And what would our lives be like if we enjoyed giving to others?
Everyone is born with certain attributes that cannot be changed, but only the proper use for them can be found. The use of our attributes should be according to the general law of reality of “love thy friend as thyself” since we are all parts of one system.
Self-correction means using each and every attribute we have for the sake of others. A person should reach a state in which he is free and uses everything he has without hiding anything. Self-correction is done in two phases: first “don’t do unto others what is hateful to you,” and then “love thy friend as thyself.”
If we don’t correct ourselves, we will all deteriorate to a point where everyone will shut himself off in a corner and will settle for a little bit of food, a computer, a telephone, and drugs.
Everything depends on the relations between us. We can only enjoy life if we bestow unto each other, just like a mother who gives to her children and enjoys it. A mother uses all her qualities in order to bestow unto her children.
When everyone sees his or her fulfillment in caring about others, we will feel that we are full of pleasure. Implementing the rule” love thy friend as thyself” depends on education and on the agreement of all of society.
Israel is scrutinized under a magnifying glass in the world because people feel that we have to be an example for everyone.
From KabTV’s “New Life #807 – What Is Self-Correction Really?” 12/29/16
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