Baal HaSulam “Introduction to The Book of Zohar” (Item 18): And we must not ponder the state of other beings in the world but man, since man is the center of Creation, as will be written below (Item 39). And all other creatures do not have any value of their own but to the extent that they help man achieve his perfection. Hence, they rise and fall with him without any consideration of themselves.
No kind of creation, no separate part of it or even a separate individual, is taken into account, but only as a participant in the overall integral picture. And if one violates this, then this causes a painful condition of the entire system. And if one brings it to equilibrium, then this assesses his useful contribution to the general system of an integral nature.
Question: If I am an integral part of humanity and I can’t break this connection and humanity is sick, then no matter what I do, will I still be ill as part of the whole?
Answer: Yes. So it is said in the sources. Therefore, the great Kabbalists, while inside the human system, prayed all the time for this system to bring it into balance, still suffered along with it. They suffered even more than all other people. Baal HaSulam wrote about this at the end of “Introduction to The Book of Zohar.”
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 3/15/20