Michael Laitman, On Quora: “Why are we alive?“
Why are we alive? Many people ask this question and it leads them to change their lives in one way or another.
I engaged in that question a lot. I studied bio-cybernetics, the systems of the human body, thinking that I could attain the meaning of life by doing so.
But I didn’t find its answer in that field.
I found it only many years later in the wisdom of Kabbalah.
The question about the meaning of life always disturbed me, because without knowing its answer, I had no view of why life is worth living. Today, I see the younger generation especially feeling this question, even if they don’t ask it with exactly those words. Finding no answer to this question makes our lives feel meaningless, and we feel a lot of negative phenomena as a result.
To find the meaning of life, we need to find the source from which life is created and develops.
The source of life is the upper force.
We can call the upper force “the Creator,” the “upper light,” “nature” and many other terms, but essentially, there is a source of life, and the question about life’s meaning and purpose stems from it. Ultimately, we exist in order to attain the meaning of our lives.
How we attain the meaning of life is another question.
How can we attain the source of life?
It is a question that humans specifically ask, and not all kinds of forms and organisms on the still, vegetative and animate levels of nature. Moreover, not all people ask this question, and those who do, ask it in different intensities.
Every generation feels an increasing need to answer the question about the meaning of life. Especially in our generation, this question is expressed by more and more people feeling depressed, stressed, lonely, anxious, and getting into drugs, extremism, and finding themselves in all kinds of other problems.
The wisdom of Kabbalah has emerged on a mass scale in our era precisely to answer the question about the meaning of life. It provides a method by which we can undergo self and social transformation in order to feel a new sense of reality, one that is complete, interconnected and full of goodness and happiness.
We attain the meaning of life when we attain a clear perception and sensation of the force that created and develops us. Such a new perception gives us a distinct understanding of why we were created. By attaining life’s source, we attain nothing less than eternity and perfection while we are alive in this world.