Question from Facebook: Is volunteering beneficial to the world?
Answer: It depends on what it is. If you help old women to cross the street, the hungry in Africa, homeless people, animals, and so forth, then this work is certainly of no benefit. In the meantime, let people continue to do this, although we can see that the world does not change for the better from this.
To understand how the world must change, it is necessary to study the world itself—by what laws it exists and develops, toward what ultimate goal it is advancing, and whether volunteer work helps achieve this goal. If it helps, then let’s develop it. If not, why is it needed? After all, it simply closes our eyes to the true problems and their solution.
What is beneficial for the world is only a change in the nature of the person from egoistic to altruistic. This can be done under the influence of a higher force, which we must summon upon ourselves. The higher force, the power of bestowal and love, is hidden from us and can manifest in us if we so desire.
How to do this, how to want it, and how to cause the influence of the good higher force on ourselves is what the wisdom of Kabbalah talks about. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is the method of correcting man and humanity.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 3/27/17