Sedra Shemos, 120 words – Perception is Reality
There’s been a revolution in Egypt. The Jews are no longer the upper class.
Pharoh issues a national policy statement – the Jews are more numerous and stronger than us [1:8], they are a threat to our safety, a potential fifth column.
Perception is reality – we can be scared of things that benefit us, and we can embrace those things that truly threaten us. We can demonise angels and angelise demons.
Is this not the underlying energy that drives all tensions?
And we cannot know when the perceptions are reality or a sham.
So if someone perceives me, or my family or nation as an enemy, what can be done? It’s not my power he fears, it’s my very existence.