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At a friend’s shabbat dinner, we wrote short pieces inspired by snippets of old testament. Mine, predictably, discussed discovery and resistance. I hope you enjoy them.
The Climb is Too Far
And yet, we climb. Discovering gravity, and how the force binding us to the earth is also what binds the earth to the sun. Discovering that we are made of cells, and diseases are made of cells, and how, through that knowledge, we can make the sick whole again. Discovering that, through discovery, we can walk on the moon, communicate across the earth, and perhaps someday create immortality.
The climb is too far. And yet, together, we have already come farther than the shepherds of ancient times could have foreseen. Never doubt the power of human curiosity.
(The phrase was from a story of Moses on Mount Sinai.)
Stronger Than Fear
Fear of failure, of what that failure will tell us about ourselves, our futures, of how it will nourish our shadows and doubts.
Fear of success, of even larger goals next time, of having nowhere to hide from the dreams that truly intimidate us.
Fear of working on the worthless, while our true mission withers, and never knowing which is which.
Stronger than fear. We can’t be stronger every day. But the days we are, those are the days that matter.
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