Question from Facebook: If a person gave his kidney to his child, is it selfishness? Does he think about himself? If so, I wish there were more self-sacrificing egoists like this in the world…
Answer: If we are talking about a father and a son and there is no other way to cure the son, then the father will certainly give up his kidney.
From Kabbalah’s point of view, this is not considered to be an altruistic act, because all actions that are on the level of the material world are egoistic. No matter how wonderful they may seem, they do not go beyond our world and have no relation to the spiritual quality of bestowal.
And within our world, of course, they can be divided into different levels.
Question: If we talk about this world, do you have a feeling that, let’s say, such-and-such person is kind, he did a good thing, and so on?
Answer: I do not see it. After all, if we talk about the general structure of the universe, then any action is evaluated only as it approaches the goal of the creation. And therefore, good or bad actions in our world and in the upper world are viewed differently.
It is a completely different system in the upper world; all actions are evaluated differently. Perhaps in our world some action would look very cruel, but in the spiritual world, it has its own beautiful continuation. And vice versa.
Question: What do you think, as a Kabbalist, is a good deed?
Answer: Only that which draws humanity to its good end.
Question: Even if it happens through sufferings?
Answer: It is not suffering if it brings us closer to the goal. And if not, then we are being pushed by sufferings.
From KabTV’s “News with Michael Laitman” 3/1/17