Suffering—Disparity With Nature

709Question: Why does the law of natural development, as Baal HaSulam calls it, push us forward through suffering?

Answer: This happens according to the law of “negation of negation.” When I no longer want to stay in the previous state, then I accept the next one.

And the next state is always more complex, more unattractive. Why should I go from first grade to second, from second to third? It is better to remain a small child.

Therefore, it is very difficult to move from egoistic existence in this paradigm to the completely opposite one.

Question: Baal HaSulam writes: “And each good state is nothing but the fruit of the work in the bad state that preceded it. Indeed, these values of good and bad do not refer to the value of the state itself, but to the general purpose: Each state that brings humanity closer to the goal is considered good, and one that deflects them from the goal is considered bad.”

So no other goals are taken into account? But in our state, we do not even know that there is a purpose of creation.

Answer: That is the problem—that we do not know the final goal. And all our actions, everything that happens to us is only in relation to approaching the final goal. Nature directs us this way every moment.

But when we want something else, nature, like a mother, drags us by the hand like a stubborn child and if he resists, she drags him in the same direction more forcefully. And we resist all the time and try to go in different directions. This disparity between us and mother nature is called suffering.

Comment: You said that all the states that a person has to go through in our world are predetermined, one cannot change anything.

My Response: Mother nature will still drag him wherever is necessary. But he, feeling suffering, will scream and swear at it all the time like a little child.
From KabTV’s “Close-Up. Fire Island” 1/1/10

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