Examine Your Life
Question Five : Am I living in a perfect world?
 (see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)

   MP :
No, I am living in a world deliberately made in an imperfect fashion, deliberately made so that human beings, working with a Divine plan and proper intent, can improve it to a level requiring no further improvement, i.e. perfection.

   A. Silver :
Hashem decided that He would create the most perfect setting for His masterplan to play out – and that is this world. In this sense, it is perfect and couldn’t be better. But because people make mistakes and sin, this world is very imperfect and in need of a lot of fixing.

This world is the perfect gift from Hashem to us. And even though we and our ancestors have damaged the gift, and it often looks like it’s falling apart because of the way we treat it, it will eventually become fully healed, fixed and perfect – even more perfect than Gan Eden was for Adam and Eve. But even now, we are in the best place for fulfilling Hashem’s will. And His will is that we fix, improve and care for this broken world until we and it have a refuah sheleimah.

   judyb455 :
The world is a stage of collective projections of love and fear, hopes and conflicts, peace and war. Knowing our lives are in the hands of a loving creator, we each have the responsibility to tikkun and tshuva . It is not a perfect world,  but has the chance for survival both in spite of us and because of us. As we turn to Hashem seeking his will, mercy and compassion, we will be connected to the absolute truth that Hashem is eternal and never changes.

   ivanssacks :
Yes,  I am living in a perfect world. Anything added to this response is commentary.

I see each encounter as a blessing and or a test. What goes on with me or around me is simply the opportunity for me to respond in the best way I know.  I can reach out to G-d and others to guide me on my lifes journey.

   Rabbi Schwartz :
The Creator is a perfect Being. He creates only that which is perfect. As such, this world too, represents absolute perfection. If so, how do we understand all that the world is "missing" – the ignorance, unkindness, hatred, cruelty, violence, poverty, sickness and suffering?

Life was given to us that we may correct and enrich ourselves. We receive it as a puzzle with missing pieces. Each missing piece corresponds to a part of ourselves we need to develop and improve. The hunger, the pain, the deficiency itself is the indicator, showing us where we must focus. What the world lacks is what we ourselves lack. In truth though, these wants are really artificial deficiencies aimed only at helping us earn ultimate satisfaction and happiness. Looking at our world is like looking at our pimples under a microscope. The troubles we see, whether in our own families (on a smaller scale), our communities, and even the world (at large), are an exaggerated picture of our own failings. By studying our environment, we may learn what we need to do.

In general, we have two options. We may invest time, thought and effort into areas of personal growth, or at the communal level, by contributing to the welfare of others. Whichever approach we choose, brings a totality of benefits. By working on ourselves, we improve our world; and by working for our world, we grow ourselves. Then, when we do all we need to do, we will find miraculously, that the world is - even in our own eyes - a perfect place.

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