by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
On my post “Moral-Phobia”, on the decent of the world into…the toilet in acceptance and promotion of every weirdness imaginable, “Not a Happy Camper” commented…
You're absolutely correct! However, let's keep in mind that "everything is in the hands of Heaven except the fear of Heaven" (Ber. 33b) and even in this we must parrot the words of the great Tanna, Nachum Ish Gamzu, who says like this, "Gam zu l'tovah!" So, rather than giving into weltschmerz…the person seeking to perfect their emunah should simply brush-off mankind's penchant for rejecting any and every moral code that claims to be absolute.
Not a Happy, there’s a balance to be had here. We learn in chassidus that immorality and even evil is also a creation of G-d. It’s here, it has a purpose and a job to do…to give human beings free will, the opportunity to turn away from the right, the moral, the reasonable, the Path of G-d.
But it also serves to give us something to stand against, something to Push back. We might wish to live in a world of perfect holiness, but that’s the world above. In this world we have a task to create a dwelling place for Hashem.
We can certainly brush off and ignore such shtuss and mishegas in our personal lives and in our communities (though it will still sometimes intrude). But we have an obligation, if only to give people a choice for holiness, to push back, stand our ground and say “this is not kosher”.