Minute #471: Do You Hear Me?

“I don’t believe that’s correct. It doesn’t seem possible that a man like Joseph would ever do something that could harm another,” Mr. Katz said.

“Well, I’m only trying to alert you to the possibility so that you don’t suffer any damage,” Mr. Glick responded. “I’m actually a little uncomfortable revealing this, but feel an obligation to protect you. If you hadn’t asked for my opinion I wouldn’t have told you, because that might have violated the laws of lashon hara.”

“He has done so many nice things for me and my family that I can’t imagine your warning is well founded. We will be okay. I am sure of it,” Mr. Katz said.

“Fine. Proceed at your own risk. I just don’t understand why you can’t accept my advice. It seems you have a mental block preventing you from hearing what I am saying,” Mr. Glick retorted in frustration.

People often do not see things as they really are. Their perception may be clouded by prejudice for or against whatever it is they are viewing. It is like changing the color of the lenses in one’s glasses. Every colored lens tints the world in a different fashion. None of the colors are accurate. Only removing all colored lenses will allow the true colors to appear.

The concept of colored glasses affecting the things that a person sees with his/her eyes is easy to comprehend. The notion of hearing that is colored by one’s emotions and prejudices is more difficult to understand but is, in reality, equally true. Everyone comprises a bundle of ideas and emotions as complex as any of Hashem’s creations. One should realize that what one hears may not be exactly what another is communicating. Effort must be made to hear the pure sound of another’s message by stripping away as many layers of personal feelings as one can in order to allow the truth to penetrate.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

He (Hashem) appoints one billion and ten thousand times ten thousand angels to tend to the rainfall. Every raindrop has its own special angel. (Devarim Rabbah 7)