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Any Freedom Is Relative

119Question: It is good when there is freedom of speech in the nation. We live in a country where I can write whatever I want. Before I lived in another country, in a time when one could be imprisoned for these things. So, is freedom of speech a good thing or a bad thing?

Answer: All freedom is relative. It must clearly correspond to the development of society. Upbringing, restriction, everything that exists, must come to a system in which a person would feel, on one hand, comfortable, on the other hand, free, and on the third, safe. These are all contradictory conditions.

In general, the network that needs to be created in society must be very flexible. But this remains a problem to this day.

We see that all societies are fighting for pluralism, for supposed freedom of opinion, for his opinion to dominate, and so on. That is, freedom, in general, implies a constant struggle.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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Freedom Is Restriction

273.02Question: Free trade, free market, is this good or bad?

Answer: But we see that it is not free. As long as our world is governed by rigid egoistic laws, nothing can be free.

We must regulate these laws so that we do not kill each other around the corner. Therefore, we must forcefully drive ourselves into some kind of network of mutual relations, restrictions, contracts.

The fact is that all contractual conditions that exist in society today come to us from the time of Ancient Rome and even from earlier times. We rely on them. Our laws are based on Roman law, Greek law, slogans of the French Revolution, etc. This all exists to this day and carries a limiting factor.

Freedom means restriction. But within the framework of these restrictions, a person feels free. From what? From the fact that no one will attack him, nothing bad will happen to him. That is, freedom is practically a set of laws that help us not kill each other and to coexist peacefully within these laws.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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537Question: Does man remain free by acquiring the nature of the Creator? It is written that he becomes a slave of the Creator.

Answer: This is written to show us to what extent we enter a different state. By acquiring the property of bestowal and love, the property of mutual connection with each other, through this property of absolute mutual support, connection, and obligations, we sign a completely different social contract: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Everyone must achieve this state. By doing it, we begin to feel absolute freedom. It seems a paradox, by choosing the principle of not being free, man enters absolute freedom.

Our egoism is purposely created in such a way that it pushes us to the necessity to reach connection with others so that we in practice “love our neighbor.”

Man is not free, and the evil inclination is his nature. The only free choice that he has from the point of view of Kabbalah is to grasp this and to want to rise above his nature, which is identical to the attainment of the Creator.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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In The Grip Of The Web Of Forces

424.01Humanity has fought for different forms of freedom for thousands of years, but in the end we see that we do not have it. Man begins to realize that he was not born free and he will not die free. “Against your will you are born; against your will you live, and against your will you die.”

The concept of freedom is quite relative. I can go as if to the right or to the left, do what I am predisposed to at any given moment. But this is not freedom because I cannot imagine how trapped I am in the network of forces and control.

Each of us is influenced by our genes, society, upbringing, and the generation in which we were born. Thus, a person has only the illusion of freedom. Within the framework of this illusion, we exist and fight for it.

To give man the opportunity to be in this illusion, in general, is the concern of all sovereigns and rulers, how to indulge people so that they are satisfied, but actually are completely controlled. This is what remains for people and their leaders.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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The Difference Between Freedom And Anarchy

630.2Question: What is the difference between freedom and anarchy?

Answer: Freedom is the conscious need to be in the state in which you can properly communicate with other people. And anarchy is when everyone is allowed to do whatever they want by virtue of their capabilities, power, and so on.

Freedom is a restrictive anarchy, when I restrict myself, because otherwise I will be restricted.

Question: So from the point of view of Kabbalah, the nature of man is evil and his freedom should be restricted?

Answer: Yes. But we limit this to education, public opinion, and other methods. Therefore, in general, restrictions cannot be  forced but educational and encouraging in nature.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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The Essence Of Human Nature

115.06Question: People have been fighting for freedom all their lives. The Declaration of Human Rights says: “In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.” Do you agree with this saying?

Answer: To the extent that it does not go beyond nature.

The problem is that people proclaim the slogan “freedom, equality, fraternity” based on what they understand according to the upbringing they have received, what is in front of them in life. And Kabbalah talks about the laws of nature. This is much broader and may sound different.

From the point of view of nature, a person cannot be free because he is in his egoism. How do we get out of it? That’s the problem. I am by nature like this, he is different: kind, angry, nervous, envious, etc. We have a lot of all kinds of bad and good qualities. What should we do?

Question: In general, this is a philosophical question. Is the nature of man evil or good?

Answer: It is absolutely angry, because I only think about my own benefit. Maybe I do not wish the other person harm, but if it is good for me, then I will hurt him. There is such a “gray area” here.

From the point of view of Kabbalah, a person who exists in this world is evil! So it is said in the Torah that human nature is an egoistic desire to enjoy at anyone’s expense. This is how we were created! If an animal’s food, health, and reproduction are limited by their instinct, then a person wants to swallow the whole world.

Therefore, we have no freedom of action. We are ruled by an evil inclination. Whether you want to or not, you will use others, because you were born that way. To this, of course, we add education, restrictive laws, the opinion of society, but, in general, the person himself is evil.

The Torah says: The evil inclination of a person comes from his essence. Even before he is born, there is already evil in him.
From KabTV’s “Spiritual States” 4/29/19

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Run After The Crowd Or Go Against The Tide?

423.03Question: There is a term “to run after the crowd,” to be under its influence. Is it possible not to run after it, but to go against the stream?

Answer: It is very difficult. The influence of the enormous human mass on an individual is almost irresistible. It is necessary to rise above all this mass, to unite with the upper force that controls it and to be at the level of the manager.

But a person cannot just tear himself away from the masses. He must oppose it with the force of a higher degree.

Question: We should not go against the current, not fight, but rise?

Answer: Otherwise, nothing will work! You will still fall under yourself or under others. You have to be under someone, because a person is an egoist.

Question: How often is it necessary to change the environment in which a person is and whose influence he receives?

Answer: Every minute! Why should I restrain myself if I can always fall under the influence of a more progressive society? More kind, more just.

Question: But, in theory, it needs to be checked?

Answer: It already depends on my preparation. But time plays no role here. A person can move so intensively that changes in external influences will occur in him literally once a minute.
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How Not To Go Along With Biases?

629.3Question: Our brain categorizes everything it feels. From these categorizing what is known as bias grows. That is, a person thinks in patterns and often makes decisions that were originally ingrained in him. Sometimes these decisions can be wrong, unfair.

Scientists say that one of the methods of preventing bias is to stop a person in time and ask him the appropriate questions. Basically, make him pause so that he asks himself, “What assumptions do I have? What influences me in order to make the right decision?”

We are subjected to bias from birth. What can I do about it? How can I not succumb to it?

Answer: I believe that nothing will help except the right environment, which will influence a person. If one begins to question himself, to remember some of his schemes, habits, and patterns implanted in him from childhood, it will not have any results. The only remedy is to be constantly under the strong influence of the right environment.

It turns out that you can only fight against bias by changing it to another. That is, a person is initially under the influence of one society, which forms something in him. Then he gets under another influence and it forms something new in him.

Nothing can be done otherwise. Then there will be a third society, a fourth, and so on, which will influence him more and more. However, from each environment, he will receive what it imbues him with. In this way, he will begin to comprehend everything better and go up the degrees.
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630.2Question: Isn’t the desire to become like the Creator the highest level of egoism?

Why should attainment happen precisely through Kabbalah if the Creator originally intended the created beings to obtain His quality? It would be more logical if the Creator already instilled the necessary knowledge and instructions for this life in each person at birth.

Answer: Then a person would be just a machine, a robot. The desire of the Creator, however, is to create man in full likeness with Him. That is, to have freewill, choice, decision, and action.

This is impossible without problems, descents, ascents, and understanding, without everything we have today. This is a very difficult path but it constantly shapes the inner consciousness of a person. Only then can he understand the Creator, His thought, His purpose, and implement it.
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The Unsolved Rebus Of The Creator

629.3Question: Is it possible to influence the development and course of events or are they predetermined?

Answer: On one hand, they are predetermined, but on the other hand, I can influence their implementation to the extent that I understand that they are predetermined.

Comment: It sounds like a rebus.

My Response: Because there are two types of freedom of will: from the side of nature and from the side of man. And if they understand each other—nature and man (or the Creator and man)—then their plans combine together and get realized.

To the extent that a person can make of himself what nature wants from him, he predetermines his ascent to that level.

Question: What does nature want from us?

Answer: It wants us to be good and kind. Good and kind so that everyone, everyone indeed, is happy with you. Not in our world. In our world we are surrounded by egoists and this cannot happen.

When I talk about humanity, about nature, I mean a completely different level of existence.

Question: When will they be happy with me? What is this goodness that is expected of me?

Answer: When you correct all the people and they become absolutely kind, perfect, and corrected. This is your responsibility. By this, you correct yourself. After all, you see yourself in people. You see the reflection of yourself. In this way, you correct the Creator.

Question: The Creator needs to be corrected?

Answer: Of course. We must make Him! He does not exist at all. You must make Him! And constantly try to make Him better and better. This is what the Torah says: “As though you have made Me.”
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