Assuming it does will only result in prolonged unnecessary suffering for everyone involved.
Jerusalem, January 1 – Talmud scholars rushed to issue a proviso to a famous teaching today, warning that while most people are encouraged to view the universe as created with them specifically in mind so as to foster individual responsibility and empowerment, that teaching does not apply to you.
Religious authorities at various major institutions of Jewish learning admonished you this afternoon (Monday) that the dictum in Tractate Sanhedrin in favor of an attitude of “the world was created for me” has little to no relevance in your case, as both you and the world would remain better off accepting that you, unlike most people, have nothing unique to contribute to human history, and that assuming you do will only result in prolonged unnecessary suffering for everyone involved.
“The aphorism goes that every rule has at least one exception,” pronounced a chastened Rabbi David Lau, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. “Well, it appears we have found an exception to this famous teaching.” He noted that the discovery will help deepen understanding of the passage in question, inviting inquiry into the rich ambiguity that classic Jewish teachings embody.
His Sephardic counterpart sounded a similar note. “My colleagues and I were amazed to find there was someone to whom this empowering teaching does not apply,” he recalled. “I just hope it’s not too late, that he has been informed not to think himself capable or important in any way, to save everyone, but mostly himself, the inevitable letdown.”
Scholars noted that while you might be the only person of whom they are aware for whom the world was not specifically created, that does not mean you in fact are the only, or even the first. “This just means we only found this out now,” stressed Hugh Neek, a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. “But it hardly precludes the existence of countless other useless, incidental people throughout human history. I daresay the nondescript, humdrum blandness we are describing could only be so nondescript, humdrum, and bland if it has occurred more times than anyone would care to count. It could hardly be otherwise, if not standing out in any way, or for any purpose, is what we’ve identified.”
A parallel discovery spread through the world of psychology and mental health last year when a team of analysts, therapists, psychologists, and researchers reached the conclusion that the one thing all of your problems, failures, dysfunctions, and failures have in common is you.
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