“God made man and blew into him a soul of life. Man has ‘awareness and knowledge’. This makes him distinct.”
“The Measure of Love” p74
AYIN BASE - REBBE RASHAB - with R’ PALTIEL
P 74 [of the new pamphlet] 3rd line from end of the page, at the line starting “utzmi…”. [P 55 of the book]
The Rebbe is saying that your emotions are rooted in your ‘sense of self’ - hergesh atzmo. He senses his significance and the importance of his experience.
Kinda strange to hear chassidus talk about ‘sense of self’… this is not your superficial ‘personality’, this is a deep divine and personal sense…
Will is the basis for sechel/mind.
God made man and blew into him a soul of life [nishmat chaim]. Man has ‘awareness and knowledge’. This makes him distinct.
Value is based in will/ratzon. Man deals with value, not materiality.
Everyone has a ‘will to live’. Psychology reduces this on a ‘will to survive’ or a ‘will for enticements’. They conflate will and appetite.
The Rebbe says in Tanya, ‘if the letters that are creating the world were withdrawn [God forbid], then all would revert back to nothingness…’
And the ‘God forbid’ element is mentioned, due to an inner sense of the value of life… ‘I want it, not because I want to avoid pain, or experience pleasantness…!’
And He made the world not due to any need, but ‘cos it is the nature of Good to provide goodness…’ [teva ha-tov le-haytiv].
What initiated the whole creation? His truth!
And here's a shiur by Manis Friedman - on the topic: "I Didn't Ask To Be Born"