Tehillim One Hundred and Fifteen: Shells

“They have a mouth but they do not speak; they have eyes but they do not see (Psalms 115:5).” This verse is talking about the idols designed and worshipped by the contemporaries of the ancient Israelites. However, I’m choosing to take it a bit more metaphorically, because I can pretty confidently state that in addition to this being descriptive of inanimate objects, there are plenty of fully animated people who also fall into this category. And by that, I mean people who don’t take advantage of the gifts of simply being alive. Who don’t use their voices for good, and who stare blankly at the world around them instead of truly seeing others, or themselves. They’re shells of the authentic, flesh and blood people they could be, and don’t take advantage of the gifts given to each of us by our very existence.

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