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Why do we fool ourselves into thinking we are something we are not?


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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Anonymous, August 4, 2010 10:22 PM

agree with mordechai shauli

I think the person we are fooled into thinking we are is not, like buzz, someone who can fly but really cant. But we are fooled into thinking we are someone who can't fly, when really we can. Our yatzer harah constantly feeds us lines like "you just cant do it" "you're not good enough". He fill us with doubts and worries and fears and makes us believe we have limits. and its impossible to break those limits. We learn that if we believe, we can achieve. And so, our yatzer harah fools us into thinking we cant fly (metaphorically speaking ofcourse) but we have to know that we can. He's just afraid of our potential.

(15) Anonymous, August 1, 2010 2:28 PM

Not nessasarily

To Israeli205, You seem to have not seen the whole film, and if you have, you may have missed the point of the 'moral' and plot. The entire theme of Toy story is about a collection of toys who will do anything to stay with the boy (Andy) who plays with them because they (in a sense) love him and care about him. I as well as many I know have agreed that we experienced GUILT after watching the Toy story series because if anything, the movie makes one feel guilty about throwing away your old toys. We experience this feeling because Pixar shows the audience a once favorited toy's perspective, Woody (the cowboy) receives after Buzz (the new space toy) replaces him and as Andy (the boy who owns them) turns all his attention to the new toy Buzz and seemingly forgets his old one, Woody. If the film were giving a message to buy new toys, the movie wouldn't have shown Woody's perspective and hurt of being replaced, but instead of how awesome and amazing and cool this new toy Buzz is, and how it is so cool to get a new toy! WIth no consequences! Instead, we DO see Woody's hurt, and we feel GULTY about getting new toys and forgetting our older ones. If one has ever had a younger sibling, i'm sure that person can relate, because it is a similar experience: the parents turn most of their attention to the new child, and the older one feels somewhat ignored. If what you're saying is true, does it apply to this situation as well? That this is a meaningless scenario and its just inspirational to parents to have more children? Absolutely not, it means Parents CAN have more children, BUT to be aware and never ignore their other children. Same with Toy Story, you CAN get new toys, but always remember the ones you grew up with, because in a sense, they were the ones who brought you joy all those years.

(14) jagjeet, July 30, 2010 11:16 AM

agree with Mordechai Shuali,

Mordechai Shuali, you have explained it so nicely,the human birth thus separates us from other living beings as the attitude or perception can make the event totally meaning less or meaning full. The mind is limited to one birth and is deeply conditioned by circumstances and society. thus wisdom or perception of a person is driven by soul and eventually few humans start moving towards their goal automatically without any external primemover.

(13) Mordechai Shuali, July 28, 2010 4:54 AM

Our Soul Cannot Be Fooled

We are not fooled. It is actually we who do the fooling and we refuse to be convinced. Our souls are infinite, and thus have limitless desires and abilities achieve. It is our bodies who fool our souls into believing they are something they are not. The body argues, "You are Add, ADHD, you were abused, you were spoiled, you were the oldest child, the middle child, the baby, an only child, you are shy, you are too outgoing, a workaholic, an alcoholic, a type A personality, a type B personality." All of these are limiting. Our souls know our limitations . . . none! The toy could not fly, because it did not have a soul. We can change, break out of the chains our bodies and personalities provide. These are simply HaShem’s way of presenting us with challenges/tests for our growth.

(12) Anonymous, July 28, 2010 4:02 AM

I LOVE TOY STORY! And when we think about it, almost all kids movies have really deep meanings behind the simplistic story. Way to go Aish for picking this one up! It's a classic!

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