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What’s the difference?

Dear Tzviling,

I enjoy reading your column (although I didn’t see it in a while) and had a question for you. I heard you say that we are created in G-d’s image. If that is the case, why are people so self-centered with a super-sized ego? Why do many people appear selfish?

Ginny (via e-mail)

Dear Ginny,

Thanks for your encouraging words. Your question got us thinking.

Imagine you walk down the street.

What do you see?

Beautiful houses, shining cars and a beautiful garden filled with majestic trees and luscious fruits.

But then, you take a shovel and start digging.

What do you find?

Dirt . . .

Dear Tzviling,

That is precisely my question. You find a lot of dirt beneath the surface. You validated my point.

Ginny (via e-mail)

Dear Ginny,

But wait! What if you dig deeper. Then what do you find?

Water, minerals, perhaps diamonds.  You see, if you don’t give up, you will find the hidden jewels. Ginny, you will encounter people in life who may display negative habits and attitudes.

But if you look deeper, search deeper, dig deeper, you will discover diamonds in others. And when you discover diamonds in others, you will realize the jewels within yourself.

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