Normally giving flows from, beyond, from the clouds, from heaven to earth. One of the fundamental teaches of Chassidus is that just as rain begins on earth so to does the beneficence given to man come from man. In other words, as the Maggid (the disciple and successor of the Baal Shem Tov taught) on the saying of our sages “Know what is above you” that “know that all that comes from above, comes from you.” In other words, as I read today in a mammer (Chassidic teaching of the Rebbe) obviously this need not be the case – we would scarcely imagine that mortal humans can influence an infinite God, however God CHOSE to create a system whereby whatever we do influences how he treats us.
More important than what you get is what you give, for what you get, like all materiel things will eventually be disposed of, but what you give will remain as an eternal pride.
Respect it’s a funny thing Freud writes how before marriage a man may respect but after cohabitation may not. What is the Jewish view? The fact is that Freud was a bit obsessed about this subject but he certainly had a lot of insight (I have read a lot of his works which is why I can comment on it.) The bottom line is this, our sages teach us (not that I am the role model but hey if I figure something out, far be it from me to withhold it from you, who may be wiser than me in action etc.): Honor – Respect – Revere Your Wives, In Order For G-d To Give You Respect and Honor Through Making You Wealthy etc.
Man has challenged all notions of political systems. Intrinsically as the Rebbe says, man was looking to better his lot. Ironically, communism was idealistic, though it caused so much terror. As people who think progress, they discard what doesn’t work, in favor of what does. If the stats show anything, most of America has become theocratic, not replacing democracy, but instead replacing the fallacy, the weakness and the stupidities of democracy. In other words, democracy as a belief system (not a political system to get consensus) basically was the mantra for most of the last century and it created a amoral society. It is obvious to all thinking people that having an amoral society is not only not amoral and does not benefit society but more closer to home, man is in need of a moral ethical code based on absolutely dogmatic Divine system which enhances instead of degrades his dignity – elevating him or her to the state of Priests and Holy Nation, instead of denigrating a person to be debased animalistic and like a ameba or bacteria, simply following instincts.
Reality exists on multiple – in fact, infinite planes! For example, is a cat’s reality, my reality? Is an angel’s reality, similar to man’s reality? Ultimately, reality can succinctly be described in the famous three words of the foundational book of Kabbalah Sefer Yetzireh The Book of Formation, Time, Space, Soul. In other words, there is no such thing as time space and souls, only God. However for reasons not necessary to go into now, God created universes – infinite levels – of spaces, which are (somewhat) subjected to time, (past, present and future,) in which he put souls (mainly) beings conscious of perceiving either their reality (AKA the cat,) or capable of both perceiving their reality as well as having the intelligence to deduce that there must be a infinite Creator (beyond their reality of time, space, soul) for their reality to function.