“All that is evil in the world occurs because of the selfishness of man and his refusal to sublimate his own desires and interests to goodness and morality. It is only when that “I”, that ego, is disciplined and subordinated to goodness that the selfishness and self-centeredness that leads to all that is ugly and evil can be eliminated.”
"Nothing less than making man good will make the world good; nothing less than a holy human race will make a world holy. It is illusion to believe that one can make a people better by changing the form of government. No change in the system of society will make that society better, for there is no such thing as "government" or "society". There are only the individuals who comprise the government or the society and the whole is nothing more than the sum of its parts. If the parts are rotten and corrupt, the whole must emerge the same. If the people are selfish and egotistical, society will emerge the same, regardless of the form of government that it uses. An ugly world will never be made beautiful by attacking the symptoms. It is man himself who must be changed and made better. Then and only then can the world, which he makes up, become better, too. The holiness of the human being guarantees the holiness and beauty of his world. Even if this is a long and difficult process, it is the only way. Of such things did the rabbis say: "There is a long way that is short and a seemingly short way that is in reality long."What the above quote tells me is that individually, and then collectively, we need to change. We can start by putting away the ‘fear’ that separates us, and replace it with the ‘love’ that binds us… as a community. We need to accept what is and move on 'together', to solve our communities problems. Like Lincoln said, "United we stand, Divided we fall".
- Rabbi Meir Kahane
The wind of anger blows out the lamp of intelligence.