Baal HaSulam, “The Freedom“: …we exist in the world as beings with a “self,” where each of us regards himself as a unique entity, acting on its own, independent of external, alien, and unknown forces, and in what this being—the self—becomes revealed to us.
If it does exist, we are bound to reveal it above all other attributes and develop only that one, because all the rest will necessarily be realized against our will.
Where is my “I”? Once I define it, I will be able to hold on to it and understand when it can be free.
And what can this give me? If I reveal that I am absolutely not free and that I am somehow controlled by some global management or aliens that hover above me in a spaceship and control me, will this change anything in me?
Will I behave differently? No. I can only discover that I act according to someone’s wicked desire. So what? It does not matter at all because I will continue to act the same way I do.
That is, all our work boils down to determining who is actually influencing us, who controls us.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 5/12/19