is an occurrence that I have witnessed many times that continuously
baffles me. Why is it that some people always rush to do that which is
dangerous without taking the necessary precautions to protect
themselves? How is it that some people can be so blind and foolish not
to see the dangers in what they do and the foolishness in not being
prepared to embrace what they clearly should not embrace?
I have observed the behavior of animals,
creatures supposedly less intelligent than humans and I see that they
are very well aware of their own mortality. They can sense danger from
a distance and maintain that distance well to avoid any jeopardy.
Animals know well when to flee, when to hide and when enough is
I have never witnessed an animal being a
thrill seeker or taking on a task that it is clearly and naturally not
endowed to perform. How is it that we say humans are of superior
intelligence when those in the animal world act with greater common
sense? Human intellectual and spiritual superiority are supposed to
make us better and wiser. How can we maintain such a claim when we lack
the most basic of instincts and parameters of limitations that every
animal is endowed with?
In order for one to be fully human, one
must do more than just be born. While we inhabit human bodies, the
question remains, have we developed a human soul? Have we integrated
that part of ourselves, that is our innate inner nature, that which
makes us special and unique?
Many of us think that we are smart when
we are not smart. Smart is not what you think; it is how you act!
Intelligence is of the heart, not the mind. One who is intelligent
knows deeply within oneself one’s own parameters and boundaries. One
who is smart does not violate these boundaries. Granted, one who is
daring may wish to broaden his boundaries, but only the smart one will
first do what is necessary to change oneself and transform to be enabled
to do what one could not do before.
"Practice makes perfect," the old saying
goes. But how many
are willing to take the necessary long time to practice and practice
repeatedly, to achieve perfection. So many want to accomplish so much
but at the same time are not willing to invest what is necessary.
Achievement without effort is unnatural and abnormal. This imbalance is
foolishness and sheer disrespect and outright ignorance of what is
Many try to take the crown but it will
not fit their head. Many try to become king, but only one can succeed.
Many try to reach out and touch Heaven, but only those who follow the
ways of Heaven will ever reach it. We cannot go against the natural
way; we cannot change that which is ordained by a higher authority. We
must follow the way, and stay on the path. Only in this way will we
reach the proper destination, safe and sound.
This is sound advice, everything in
nature knows this and follows it; with the one exception being human
beings. Created in the Image of G-d we are, yet so many chose to
embrace an image far less intelligent than many animals. Why is this
terrible thing so?
One must know his limitations. One must
know the proper path how to expand one’s potentials. One must be
patient and diligent to do what is necessary to become more efficient,
to become better. There are no real shortcuts in life.
All promises of quick results without
invested effort are mostly lies and deceptions. Yet, so many fall for
these deceptions. It is as if maybe some want to be deceived and seek
out deception in order to believe a lie about themselves. If an animal
were to do this in the wild, it would be dead within a short time.
It is no wonder then that the Sages of
wisdom, from around the world, would seek to distance themselves from
the ways of their fellow men and to commune with nature, to watch the
natural way and to learn from it the true flow and ways of life. The
Hand of Heaven is concealed within the ways of this world. One who
separates from the lies of his fellows will become enlightened by
observing the ways of nature, even that of the animals.
Therefore, learn this well; be fierce
like the tiger, light as the eagle, swift like the deer and mighty like
the lion, all in the service of Heaven.