In today’s society many become trapped in their respective ways of life. Habits and ways of thinking become rigid preventing many from experiencing the various gifts and wonders that surround them. So often one become lost in the popular pursuit of science and philosophy of today, while other become trapped and immoveable in the rituals of yesterday, that neither can gain knowledge. Mibhar haPeninim reminds us that “Man is only wise while in search of wisdom, when he imagines he has attained it, he is a fool.” (#21 c.1050 ce)
It is like the unseeing, who become accustomed to their plight, not ever realizing that their lives can be improved.
The Blind Men
A number of blind men were brought to a house that had been prepared for them in all respects. In it everything had been placed in its most suitable position and arranged as best suited their requirements and needs. In it had been prepared beneficial ointments and a wise physician to treat them and improve their sight. But they disregarded the treatment of their eyes and paid no attention to the physician who was engaged in treating them, but went about the house doing harmful things because of their blindness.
Wherever they went they stumbled over those objects that had been prepared for their benefit and fell on their faces. Some of them were injured and some sustained fractures, and they suffered greatly and were in a very bad way. Then they complained about the house owner and the builder, and complained about his deeds, for to them he seemed to have done everything badly and wrongly, supposing that he had no good and kind intentions for them but had only wished to cause them injury and suffering. Indeed, this led them to lose faith in the goodness and kindness of the owner of the house.
Let us follow the teaching in Avos: “Who is wise? He who learns from everybody.” (4.1)
May all your tales end with Shalom (peace)