Baal HaSulam, “Building the Future Society”: The precept of reception requires only little regard as the punishment for it is given instantly. Thus, we will never neglect it. However, the punishment for the second precept, that of bestowal upon society, is not collected instantaneously. It rather comes to us indirectly.
Question: Society does not demand that we bestow; therefore, we do not comply with the law of bestowal to society. Nature punishes us for this. But since the punishment doesn’t come immediately, we do not comply with this law.
Why is the law implicit? If I clearly saw that I did not give to society and society or nature would immediately punish me, I would act differently.
Answer: Then you would be an animal, not a human. The difference between a human and an animal is that the animal is completely subject to the laws of nature. It has no freedom of choice whether to fulfill or not fulfill them. An animal does everything instinctively, under the harsh influence of nature, without asking any questions.
Humans, on the contrary, possess the free will to either carry out the laws of nature or not. However, the problem is that a person was created in such a way that he or she does not want to fulfill nature’s laws.
Nature, the Creator, wants a person to develop oneself to the point of understanding that it is one’s obligation to carry out the laws of nature. Not even for one’s own sake, but for the sake of others, so that the person will become the same as nature, which gives, fulfills, gives birth, and develops.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 2/7/19