|Examine Your Life
Question 25: Is my Evil Inclination truly evil? Is my Good Inclination truly good?:
is good? What is evil? A useful definition is this: Good is all that
advances the mission Hashem gives us; Evil is what retards it.
the Evil Inclination has been defined as relating to the physical
world, eating, drinking, and having a "good time". At the same time we
understood the Good Inclination being about preparing for the next
world, learning Torah, keeping mitzvos and improving our character.
However, our material wellbeing is also essential for our spiritual
progress. We must eat properly, relax properly and live happy lives to
do the will of Hashem. Therefore, more important than asking ourselves
what are we doing, is to ask, why are we doing all we are doing. This
our sages call, "living for the sake of heaven". If we can have such an
intention, then even our most mundane acts become our gift to life.
Evil Inclination works to rob us of such a motivation. It focuses us on
pleasure and prestige for selfish reasons. Thus, it is evil, turning
our lives from wonderful to horrible and spoiling all that we do.
we cannot escape our obsession with ourselves; we cannot help thinking
about our own best interests; but, we can and must redirect our goal
towards Hashem. Let us use our self-interest to do what is ultimately
best for us, and give our lives to the reason for life.
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