Baal HaSulam, “Peace in the World“: But in truth, the naturally strong and nimble in society benefit from the labor of others and exploit them maliciously against the attribute of truth, for they labor very little compared to the weak and lazy in society.
Question: Why is it bad to be a strong, nimble, quick person who takes initiative? After all, progress and development take place thanks to such people and not the weak and lazy.
Answer: I do not consider progress being that people work many hours a day and also oblige others to work so many hours. Such “smart,” strong, vigilant people gather together and connect easily. And the majority is weak and lazy and it is hard for them to do so.
Baal HaSulam says that in principle society should not place the strong and clever ones at the top because they set a standard of work and success that others cannot match and as a result they feel disappointed.
Eventually, they are considered to be losers. But they are not really so, they are ordinary people. Therefore, society should focus on average people and not on successful ones. Just like in a family. I cannot punish my son for not being a genius or a great sportsman. Each one has his own abilities. I need to simply enable him to develop correctly, and then, it is his business.
Question: Does the fact that there is a big gap between rich and poor today, a gap that is ever growing, indicate that we have lost direction?
Answer: Of course. Entrepreneurs inflate society with unattainable goals, and they artificially make these goals unachievable for others. It turns out, eventually they get to keep everything.
From KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah” 7/28/19