Previously, we explained that there are two aspects to a person’s mission in this world. Until now we have been discussing the first aspect, that being the unique accomplishments and contributions that every single one of us can make to the world.
But there is another side of our mission. One that is certainly more daunting to talk about, but absolutely crucial if we are to truly discover our path to clarity in our lives.
Our Sages teach us that every person exists to bring about a certain Tikkun, a reparation to our Souls and to the world at large, to fix some imperfection, to right a certain wrong, to uproot some sort of spiritual flaw.
These flaws trace themselves as far back as the creation of the world. As the second verse of the Torah states “And the world was void and desolate with darkness on the face of the depth”, which our Sages enigmatically explain is a reference to the pain and exile that would be experienced in the future.
One might wonder, why would the Almighty, who is nothing but perfection, create a world that is dark and imperfect?
The great kabbalist and philosopher Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto explains, that the Almighty created a world that is imperfect in order to give us the opportunity to perfect it. By doing so, we become an active partner in building the world. Could God have created a perfect world? Of course he could have. But what would be our role than? If everything was just handed to us on a silver platter, would we really find satisfaction out of life.
So instead God created a world that was less than perfect, or more accurately, perfectly imperfect, a calculated effort to set the stage for us to enter and do our part, by using the tools that we have been given to restore the world to its original potential. But the process is certainly painful.
This is true as well with our Souls. When we enter into this world there are inherent flaws in our souls that trace themselves all the way back to the sin of Adam and Chava. Our Sages teach us that our souls were all created in the beginning of time and were present in Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In that state, our souls shone bright and completely nullified the darkness of the body.
But when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, the collective soul of humanity fell from their exalted level. The body and the negative character traits that lie in the lowest parts of souls were brought front and center and concealed that original light. Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden and it would be the job their descendants- every one of us- to restore those souls to their original greatness.
With this understanding of the necessity to bring about a Tikkun, we will soon explore how these flaws and imperfections manifest themselves in our life and world and what we must do to bring about their reparation.