Question: Baal HaSulam writes in his articles about two laws of communication. According to the first law, every member of society is obliged to receive everything necessary for him. To what does this refer: human relationships or material goods?
Answer: We must create a society in which each person can receive everything he needs for existence because the second condition is his return to society. And in order to give, he must live normally. Therefore, the first law determines the second.
Question: The law of bestowal obliges society to work for its benefit. What did Baal HaSulam mean when he wrote about bestowal? After all, any person works 12 hours a day.
Answer: This does not count as giving. Bestowal is my inner calculation that I work for the sake of others. It is quite possible that a person who works 12 hours a day, works all the time for himself and does not think about others at all. It’s about intention.
Question: That is, the work of a person in society, when he has to produce something, give something, this is one level. And the second level is the level of thought and intention, for which he does all this. Is it possible to work only at the level of thought and intention? Let’s say I don’t want to work physically.
Answer: The point is not this, but whether your work, meaning some of your abilities, is necessary to society. Based on this, you can choose. It is about how you can participate in communal life in a way that will benefit you.
Question: Can there be intention without action?
Answer: No. Without action, nothing can be at all. At any level: mechanical or internal, at the level of desires or at the level of intentions, but the action must be. Otherwise, you will not be able to tell what thoughts a person has.
From KabTV’s “Communication Skills” 8/21/20