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“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”[my art blog dedicated to everyday muses]
There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”
The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”
“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”
ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 by Mar
NGL, I’m bawling.
aw it made my heart warm uwu
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I did this challenge back in 2010 never realizing that I would meet someone who actually met this criteria so well!
1.Make me laugh.I laugh a lot but mostly its nervous laughter,I mean really catch me off my guard here. Especially if you are willing to make a fool of yourself just to do so.
2.Food.Yes feed me.Wow that sounds wrong,but no really if you can cook,or just offer obscene amounts of candy I will love you. Oh god I am a man.Or a dog.
3.Love life.Be very very passionate about something.People who really love something inspire me the most. Not to the point of hurting anybody,fanaticism or shutting yourself off from the world,but geeky passion is hot. Art and/or music gets plus points.
4.Talk to me.And this might sound easy,heck I might seem too talkative but not exactly.To be able to talk to me and truly understand and not make me feel like I have to nervously pick through my thoughts is rare. To get an uninhibited response is rarer.
5.Read my mind. A lot of times I don’t know what I think or feel and a lot of times I think I do but people don’t so I clam up,shut in and so if you are even vaguely interested in untangling this messy thread then by all means do.
6.Know that many times I will feel like I’m not good enough and might even push you away a little. Forget. Neglect.
7.Make me forget the way I feel in number 6.
8.Most importantly,take me the way I am.
It was just an added bonus actually that he fills these criteria too:
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
1. Geekiness. I am so not kidding. I suppose I mean a passion for something,or maybe I’m just a big ol’ geek myself.
2.Akwardness. A sort of hesitant grace. Its a bit hard to explain,like something beautiful that doesn’t realize it?Like pretty long fingers twisting together behind someones back,or the gentle curve of one’s spine in a slouch(especially in a lean,almost scrawny back.I do have a thing for scrawny-ness,but thats a whole different story).
3.Expressiveness. It could be a penetrating gaze or an unexpected smile, or just in a way someone moves and gestures.
I feel really lucky and don’t know how I deserved this :D
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