This means that we learn by trial and error, right and wrong, useful and useless, productive and destructive, positive and negative. We learn in this way from Nature as the “intelligent design” some name it in modern times. Our ancestors learned through this process and so do we. Animals also follow through this same pattern, and part of our learning comes from the way they behave and approach their environment. The main lesson we learn from animals is that they seem to understand Love as the Essence that gives life and protects life.
Our Sages explain that the first law presented in the Torah after it was given to Israel is related to how we treat a Hebrew slave, and they refer to his bondage not only as servitude but as an educational process. They say that such slaves were men who committed transgressions such as manslaughter and robbery. Hence they had to sale themselves in order to pay for the damages that they could not compensate with money or material possessions.
In this context, bondage in the Land of Israel was part of Torah's laws, not only as punishment rules but as educational and correcting guide lines for those who knew less and acted out of ignorance. In this same context we must understand the Cities of Refuge and the Levites as the places and persons that teach the children of Israel the ways and means of the Torah.
Our learning and knowing lead us to respond to the material world, and the ways we respond make us responsible. As a comprising and encompassing process, in this awareness Torah's Commandments, statutes and decrees as ground rules and guide lines, are our ways and means to fulfill our obligations as Jews. In this sense we are naturally compelled and not forced to exercise our true Essence and identity.