Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Talmudic Offering

This one's for Lila. The Talmud suggests a person should wear a metaphorical coat with 2 pockets - in one pocket the maxim: I am as insignificant as the dust of the earth, and in the other: The entire world was created for me.

It's a way of balancing pride and humility, and while the first pocket allows you to take a philosophical view of the world and achieve perspective, the second is a reminder of the Torah view that every person is an entire universe:  If you take a life, it's as if you have destroyed an entire world, and when you save a life, it's as if you have saved an entire world.

Perhaps that's why fiction is so compelling, even when it deals with only a few main characters. In reading about individuals, (fictional or otherwise), it's as if we're reading about entire worlds.

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, thank you Miss Robyn! I love these! :)

    What a great way of balancing two very important things. I think it's one of the hardest balances to strike - enough esteem to be a healthy individual without being too arrogant, etc. This is a wonderful way of viewing it.

    Thanks for sharing!