Are You Living

Gedalya Folk Rock Rabbi NYC Singer Songwriter

People praise an ambitious man. They raise their children to be ambitious and full of energy. I have also heard ambition is life. But is that true? Is ambition life? Ambition is a hunger. Like a hungry man desires to eat, so too is a man who is trying to get something he wants: he is hungry for it. Therefore the one who says ambition is life is mistaken, for hunger is not life. A living person hungers until he is satisfied. Hunger is something that the Creator put in mankind in order to awaken us to the needs of our bodies. So, too, are other hungers messengers, reminding us of a lacking. Therefore ambition is great in order to achieve, but it's not life. To pursue hunger is to live an unsatisfied life! Think of the example of one who loves money. He is never satisfied with the money he already has and is always hungry for more. This is a terrible sickness. And not only hunger for money rules over people, but rather all ambition for physical possessions. The more he gets, the more he wants and a person who is always hungry to fill his desires will never even get to satisfy half of them before he dies. Therefore if one is living to chase his desires, it's a never ending pursuit and will prevent him from any enjoyment of the present. Think about it: when we strive for materialism we are never satisfied and all it leads to is fighting and wounded people. The winner is never a true winner because he is still left with his hunger for more and never satisfied. And the loser is even worse off still with his hunger and beaten. I hope you get something real and lasting from this new tune of mine. Wishing you all only good things, Gedalya

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