Question from a Student: Every film has a protagonist. Who is the protagonist in the film of life?
Dr. Laitman's Answer: Every regular person that lives this film is the protagonist. Only he doesn't sense that he's an actor; he's convinced that his life is for real!
That is why our life is like a dream. When I have a vivid dream, filled with strong emotions like joy and fear and so on, I wake up still under the dream's impression, whether good or bad.
In the same way we will ultimately wake up in Gmar Tikkun, and realize that this life was merely a movie.
Actually, we will realize this even earlier when The Zohar illuminates for us our actual state. But for as long as I exist in this film, and sense myself as part of it, I cannot disconnect from it and view myself from the side.
When the Light makes even the minimal correction in me, and I attach some part of an external desire to my internal one, I begin to see this dream for what it is, and the delusion I've lived prior to this discovery.
I am deluded not only with respect to the surrounding world, but also with respect to myself. There are so many layers of falsehood in me, but I don't know myself at all....
In a dream I may see myself as a hero-charging somewhere on a horse, flying to the moon-but that's only a movie. And then I wake up in my bed.
However, as I attach to myself the external Kli and make it internal, by loving my friend as myself, in this connection I reveal the Upper Light; and so I wake from this dream and begin to live in the world of truth.
Indeed, my desires can only be united if I attain bestowal in them, seeing as I attach to myself an external part, which I hate.
Then I begin to care about this external desire more than even myself, and I'm prepared to give my friend everything I have!
I correct the illusion that is my egoistic desire. The Creator gave me this split reality only so that I could attain Him.
While in reality, all my Kelim are on the outside. Indeed, I must change my attitude to myself. Instead of loving myself as I do now, I must come outside of myself, and those who are presently outside I must bring inside. That is how I correct all of my Kelim.
But then what will I sense in them? I will sense the Creator, the Upper Force that acts within me, the intention to bestow with which I join as one!