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There is no such thing as a free lunch!

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 2:08 pm

There is an expression "there is no such thing as a free lunch".

Everything comes at a cost. Sometimes, this means that saying “yes, I will help you" means saying “no, I can't help the other person".

If I attend something at 7:00 PM, I cannot help with bedtime. If I do bedtime, I can't be out at that time.

Unity in general is a very powerful tool. When we are unified, peace reigns and blessings flow.

Humanity tried to tap into this unity without sacrificing their ego. They got together to build a great monument that would help wandering shepherds find their way back to the city, while creating a sense of national pride. This was to be known as "The tower of Bavel".

There was only one issue, the group had no humility. They wanted the freedom to live their lives however they pleased, with no responsibility. This doesn't work. Unity only brings blessing when it is for the greater good. When you are humble enough to fight for the cause more than for your position. If I can do whatever I (the ego, royal I") want in the name of unity, it brings destruction.

In simple English: if you can't admit that you made a mistake and will try to rectify it because YOUR view is more important than the mission, then the unity is destructive.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Unity comes at the cost of your ego. But the result is blessings. Is it worth the price? 

A meditation: G-d gives unlimited positive untapped energy. I can tap into that energy and convert that energy to anything in this diverse world. In order to tap into it and transform the energy, I need to ensure that my friendships and relationships (my personal unity) are not based solely on mutual benefit but on shared values and purpose. These values must reign supreme with me keeping my ego in check.

When I study Torah and pray or do good deeds, I will do them with humility, knowing that others can do the same.

Have a good shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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