Starry-Eyed Dreaming By Rabbi Ari Kayser
Have we lost touch with the natural world in exchange for a virtual one?
Living in the 21st century we are very blessed. Advances in technology, science, medicine and almost every field imaginable have changed the way we understand the world and ourselves. At the same time, however, it has distracted our attention from some of the very basic and fundamental lessons that mankind has learned over millennia of its existence.
A few days ago I looked up at the sky and gazed at the millions of stars. It is a luxury not often afforded to those on this cloudy island, so I embraced it in all its glory. It was truly breath-taking. What is it about star-gazing that is so beautiful?
The stars are unique in that they are the furthest object the human eye can see. In their shining stillness they are entrancing. They allow us to think beyond our regular barriers, to open our minds beyond its normal limitations, wandering through the sky for meaning. And perhaps more importantly, to bring some of that expansiveness back into our everyday lives too. To bring back some of that infinite vastness and beauty into all the people and things we interact with down here.
If a person is considered a whole universe, then all that vastness that exists out there, also exists within each and every one of us.
So looking back at the picture we have posted here, we can perhaps conclude as follows: The man-made world can only teach us as much as we have developed it, but the natural world always has infinite wisdom to share.