Yechezkel Thirty-Two: Darkness

The Egypt conversation continues, but I’m not going to delve into it today. I’m consciously choosing to take a verse out of its context and to find meaning for it on my own. While listing out the various calamities that will befall the Egyptians, one verse jumped out for me. “All the bright lights in the heavens – I will darken them because of you, and I will cast darkness upon your land, says the Lord God (Ezekiel 32:8).” This line made me think about the impact that our actions have on everything around us, from the people we interact with to our environment to the entire world when it comes down to it. I don’t know if I believe in things like karma, but I do see everything as connected, and I don’t think anything, particularly behaviorally, happens in a vacuum. The actions of the Egyptians reverberated so much that the heavens themselves were impacted. I wonder, if we all operated with the understanding that our actions could make that much of an impression, how would it change what we do?

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