Question 50: Why do I feel inferior to
Grant Jackson :
you have reached the point of adhesion to 'The Creator' and you know
who you really are, that you are no one , nothing, not important, at
times you dont exist, you realise why you feel inferior to others,
because Hashem is all mighty , and you are nothing!
Rabbi Schwartz :
inferior to others is our mistake. Likewise, feeling superior to others
is our mistake. Every living person is a slice of Hashem, placed in
this world to undergo challenges and tests that rocket him to his
highest potential. The Rambam writes, “Every one of us can be as
great as our great teacher, Moshe.”* Just as Moshe lived
his life doing the best he could do, so we may live our lives, doing
the best we can do. This idea makes us all equal.
then do we feel inferior to some others? The answer is that we are the
victims of living in a physical world. Instead of viewing life as the
Torah views life, we allow the superficial sheen of our environment to
impress and belittle us. We learn to feel insignificant next to the
wise, the powerful and the wealthy - as if we were nothing.
material perspective however, distorts reality. We may be doing so much
more than those on whom public attention shines, yet we feel that we
are less. Moreover, we are certain that public figures are happier than
us, for we see them only from the outside – their own worries and
frustrations they hide from us.
solution then is to train our minds to see life through the
Torah’s eyes. If we are doing, then we are succeeding. If we are
learning, then we are growing. If we are focused on our life purpose,
then we are moving closer to it.
if we feel that we need to compete, let us compete with ourselves. Let
us ask ourselves, “Am I better than I was last year, last month,
last week?” In this way we will live our lives in the best
possible way, and reach our true greatness.
* Rambam - Hilchos Teshuva 5.2
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