The Way of G-d / Derech Hashem is a major respected work by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
Sam is using the version translated and annotated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in these classes.

Lesson Four covers pg(s) 57-63

Human Responsibility

In the earning period, mankind’s physical side pushes them away from G-d.

Mankind consist of two opposites: a body and a soul. It is pretty obvious that the physical is dominant and its influence is very strong in mankind’s daily decisions.

When an individual is born, they are almost completely physical, with the mind having only a small influence. As mankind matures, their mind begins to gain influence in their decisions.

The only means by which one can overcome the physical is by growing in wisdom, becoming versed in it and living it.

The Torah gives us that wisdom and how to live in peace with HaShem while we tarry on this earth.

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