Want the world to be a better place? Be a better person – and it is not just a good idea if we feel like it

Want the world to be a better place? Be a better person – and it is not just a good idea if we feel like it….the conclusion of the first chapter of Tomer Devorah, which describes Hashem’s attributes of mercy and how man can emulate Him, tells us:

This completes our explanation of the Thirteen Attributes in which a person should emulate his Creator. These are the Supernal Attributes of Mercy, and their quality is, that just as a person conducts himself in this world below, so will he be worthy of opening up the channel of the same Supernal Attribute Above. Exactly according to his conduct, so will he bestow above in the Supernal World the same and he will cause that Supernal attribute to shine here in this world.

For this reason, one should not divert his mind from these Thirteen Attributes or allow these verse to depart from his mouth; so that he should remember them when a situation arises requiring the use of one of these attributes. He should then remind himself and say: “Behold, this action which is required in this situation is contingent on this particular attribute. I will not budge from it, lest this attribute become concealed or disappear from the world.”

Tomer Devorah – English

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