Is it nicer homes ?
Progress of course is infinite….
You see, there are many fields – there is home, there is transportation… there are subcategories: plains, trains etc.
Of-course, science is the understanding of phenomena – for example, there is astronomy, there are many subdivisions; there is physics…
Of-course there is health.
And of-course, most importantly, there is truth – why does any – most importantly, we – exist?
Progress is when you a. research – as Einstein said, “I am not particularly bright, just very curious.”
The thing with progress is, you need to be able to do three things:
- You need to read what has been written, b. you need to be able to independent evaluate, as Einstein said, “Unthinking obedience to authority, is the enemy of truth” (for truth requires flexibility – possibility… ) and c. you must be able to forge.
Now even though this applies to all fields – we find in science advancements, and those who have the unique ability to question, think, and forge, it most amazingly applies to spirituality.
And so it is important to understand that spiritually we began with Abraham who taught that there is a God – supreme single force.
Moses taught us the desires of this G-d.
However, both with Abraham and Mosses there was always a secret – the secret wisdom of Kabbalah, which though the Jews spent literally thousands of years understanding, clarifying, and aspiring to the laws, the secret of life was being unfurled – this reached its apex (though its infinite) with the Baal Shem Tov.
Following the Baal Shem Tov and his Prime Disciple, and subsequent Leader (of the Chassidus movement/philosophy) the Maagid, were seven generations of new souls – From The Alter Rebbe to the Rebbe.
Perhaps the deepest, most important question is, why do we exist?
And from my research, this question is only clearly clarified in the Rebbe’s teaching (of-course based on previous Chassidus.)
First and foremost, there doesn’t have to be one reason.
As the Alter Rebbe says, just as there are many different pleasurable foods; God can receive from us and His world, multiple pleasures.
But the core reason for existence is unconditional regard – this is basically, respect.
As opposed to classic thinking, that as God is great, therefore His needs may involve ego!, the opposite is the case; for true greatness is lack of any ego – and if one is humble – for He certainly exists and is completely humble, than the humble person, sees in other’s themselves.
As God said, “Let us make man in our image.”
Now if you see yourself, you treat another as yourself.
Namely, you give them both freedom (of-course this is perhaps, best seen in the parent child relationship – the parent sees the child as a little them – hence you give your child both (to the extent rational,) freedom (you don’t seek to coerce them… ) furthermore you provide all their needs willingly, and most importantly, your greatest pleasure is to guide them. So it gives God great pleasure a. That we exist, b. that we are happy, c. most importantly, that we use His wisdom to do ever more acts of goodness and kindness, making ourselves and the world a continuously better space.