And fear drives our actions.
I truly believe that the key to inner peace - and world peace - relies on living life without fear.
If you don't fear your neighbor, you cannot and will not hate your neighbor.
If you refuse fear, death has no sting.
I live each day in fear.
I fear what my body will or won't do to me each day.
I fear the resurgence of antisemitism and what it means for my family.
I fear my inadequacies and flaws will render me unlovable.
I fear all this - human suffering - is for nothing.
But what if I wasn't afraid?
What if my body's malfunctions did not phase me? What if I were able to embrace my decay as beautiful, natural, inevitable, and GOOD?
What if, in the face of threats by those who would have the Jews wiped from the earth, I felt only compassion? Pity? Love?
What if, instead of fearing I'm too flawed to be loved, I chose the peace that comes with knowing I am a human being - and that, just BY being - I am a living testament of love? Of survival of the fittest? Of eons of evolution?
What if all of this human suffering IS for nothing? What's to fear there?
My life, in the grand scheme, may not mean a thing. But I got to touch an elephant. To smell a flower. To put my feet in the Jordan River.
And that is enough.
It is enough.