Question: There are a lot of different ideas of how the world should be corrected. Everything comes down to this being a very important and exalted goal. Religious people expect the Messiah to come and for all the people to become religious.
“Green” people understand the correction of the world as improved ecology. The British National Committee on Environmental Protection recently published a report that lists 50 most urgent measures to “save the world.”
Here are a few of them: radically improve electricity consumption, introduce worldwide use of solar energy, and raise public awareness to reduce the waste of energy. All these measures are from the side of the Greens.
What does the correction of the world mean from the standpoint of a Kabbalist?
Answer: Kabbalah is a very extensive science that touches on the foundations of the world and extends through the whole depth of nature. Therefore, before talking about the correction of the world, we need to find out what in it is spoiled.
Everyone has their own opinion of what needs to be fixed because their major concern is for their own life. If you ask an old person versus a young one, a man versus a woman, married or single, everyone will give you a different answer.
So first we need to gain insight, whether the world is actually imperfect, and exactly how. Is this imperfection dependent on a person or not? And if it is, it follows that it is the person that needs to change, and not the world.
According to the science of Kabbalah, the world is so bad because it was corrupt from the beginning. Everyone is familiar with the story of Adam and Eve who lived in the Garden of Eden; everything was perfect until they violated the prohibition and sinned by eating the apple of the Tree of Knowledge. After that, the snake, or our egoism, started ruling the world. Since then, we began wishing evil to one another, and evidently remain this way to this day.
Apparently, the world would have been much better off if not for the sin of Adam. If people were kinder to each other, then surely our world, our society, would have been better.
If you look at the quality of the whole of nature: inanimate, vegetative, and animate, even there you will see that one consumes the other and lives at the expense of it. So it comes down to it also being in need of correction. There is no species that exists on its own; it is always at the expense of others. Especially man who always builds his own wellbeing to another’s detriment.
It follows that in order to correct the world, we need to correct general nature. And Kabbalah states that if the human nature is corrected, then the entire world would be corrected—everything will unite into one cohesive system, and even wolves and sheep will leave peacefully side by side, and a small child will lead them, as written by the prophets.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 6/13/17