I thought this saying by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was very profound.
"The day you were born is the day G-d decided that the world could not exist without you."
We all need to know that our lives have a purpose and meaning.
...that it's not all in vain that we live and toil.
There are many such notions tied to this:
- Jewish blood is not cheap.
- Black lives matter and Blue lives matter.
But the question is why do our lives matter?
Kurt Vonnegut has an interesting piece on this:
"In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness. And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely. "Everything must have a purpose?" asked God. "Certainly," said man. "Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God. And He went away.”So the answer is that we bring purpose to life.
In what we learn, and do, and how we grow...this is our purpose.
For each of us, it's different.
G-d created us in "His cosmic loneliness" to think on this and make meaning from the lives that he so graciously granted to us.
Now we must go and do something positive with it.
Because G-d decided the day you were born that "the world could not exist without you." ;-)
(Source Photo: Forwarded to me by Michelle Blumenthal)