by Reb Gutman Locks
The conversation went something like this:
Abe: Why did Hashem create the Universe?
Gutman: He had a problem. Hashem is extremely loving, but before the creation, He did not have anyone to love, so He had to create us to have someone to love.
Abe: Okay, that’s fine for Him, but what about us when we are miserable?
Gutman: If you are miserable, you are going to have to come back to this world again and again, until you figure out that Hashem has placed us (you and me) in the Garden of Eden so we can have a good time.
Abe: But your answer does not answer the question, that when one is growing through a very “tough” time, where does such a person, feel the love? Or what’s in it for that person?
Just answering, you are going to come back again and again, doesn’t cut it or answer the question.
Gutman: Knowing that you are supposed to be enjoying yourself is half the solution. If you are not enjoying yourself, you are doing something wrong. Nothing comes without a good reason. It most likely is that the misery has come to you because you caused someone else misery. When you act that way you need that misery to come to you to show you what you have to change. It would be cruel for us to do something wrong and not be told about it.
Or, as it very often is, the miserable person is looking only for whatever is wrong. There are always “wrong” things going on in the world, and if you look for them you will find them, and you will be miserable.
Or, you can look for the good things that are going on in the world, and live a good life.
This is the point of our having to come back. If we were justified in being miserable, then our reaction would simply be a proper result of the cause of our misery, and there would be no need to come back. But if we are either reaping the misery that we caused, or only looking for the miserable things in the world, then we have to learn to change our ways.