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Michael Laitman, PhD


We must not destroy anything within us.
Even the most negative attributes should remain.
We do not create anything new,
but only correct how we use
what already exists within us.


Question: Why were we created with ego in the first place, if we will eventually have to correct it?

We come to know the world by comparing opposites —hot vs. cold, black vs. white. We recognize one in relation to the other. If everything were white, we wouldn’t detect anything. Likewise, if everything were black, we wouldn’t detect anything, either.

Contrast is always necessary, the disparity between colors, sensations, and places. We sense the differences between things, but not each thing separately.

The Creator is love and bestowal. However, we will not be able to sense what bestowal is if we are not opposite to it. This is why we need the ego—“help made against him.” Being opposite from the Creator helps us know and sense the Creator.


The Creator—the desire to love and give
The creature—the desire to receive

Because we are currently opposite from the Creator
we are hiding Him from ourselves

Correction—as we acquire the quality of love and bestowal
we equalize with the Creator and begin to sense Him

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