May the Kadosh Baruch Hu, the Holy One, bless you and all those you love with a new year of good health, peace, fulfillment and the love of family, friends and community.
L'shanah tovah tikateivu לשנה טובה תכתבו
Rabbi Amy Levin
Welcome Her Highness: My Truth!
From a sociological point of view, we’re speaking of a sensational evolutionary development: for many long years, people were cautious about expressing “Their Truths” — they were afraid they’d be made fun of, they’d be mocked, their values would be belittled — and they made do with some diluted Truth they picked up at Ikea or some faked remark they lifted from Electronics Warehouse [think Best Buy]. Whereas now it seems the cracks in the foundation have fused and they feel confident enough in themselves. The era of shame is over, the era of Truth has begun.
[“My Truth”]… stands in absolute opposition to great, elevating truth in a way that requires no work or effort; there is no need to “know everything” in order to get close to it, just as there is no need to strip away layers of lies and peel off fragments of misdirection in order to lay it bare.
“My Truth” is cheap and accessible and is always close at hand—whether it be a belief, or a thought, or a characteristic. It is simple and handy and immediate, and all I have to do is pick it up from the floor and give it public expression. “My Truth” is popular precisely because it is lazy, irresponsible, and contains within it no general, principled outlook….just a general first “take” wrapped up in the trappings of bogus authenticity.
“My Truth” is also almost impossible to deny: if you’re not confident about it, it’s enough to post it on Facebook or send it out in a Tweet, and it will immediately be authenticated. And even though that approval is issued for purely self-serving reasons —I’ll approve Your Truth in exchange for your approving My Truth — it acquires the power to destroy. Since we’re not just talking about some passing thought or unfounded belief, now it’s acceptable to hurt others, to belittle others, to humiliate others: for, after all, you couldn’t expect that I would keep “My Truth” to myself and wouldn’t go with it all the way!
Alon Eidan, Haaretz Magazine, August 26, 2016