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by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook
When we damage ideas, when we distance ourselves—as a result of immersing [ourselves] in the smallness of routine life—from the elevation of supernal thoughts, which create deeds that are great and contain hidden within themselves powerful Godliness, [those] deeds become damaged.
Their level sinks and their glory is dimmed, until they are revealed in an unruly form that arouses irritation and blankness, whereas before [the deeds’] natural clothing was might and glory.
And when the deeds are damaged, ideas grow distant, until they become a sort of weak thought, which arouses the disdain of every man of action, because it is so far from life and has so little strength to affect [life].
Shemonah Kevatzim I 7
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