I just heard these words, coming out of the mouth of Jacques Attali during a passage on YouTube... this individual is also known under the name of 'man who knows everything'.
Indeed, these two words in Hebrew, meaning "repairing the world" seem to be in vogue these days. However, does the world really understand the meaning of these words?
Let's look at what the Jewish teachings tell us: any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. Tikkun olam implies that, although the world is naturally good, its Creator has deliberately left room for us to improve His work
I used the word 'repair' earlier. Let's try to understand the meaning of repair. In reality, to repair means to make good. Whether it is a machine, a snag, a damage, a clumsiness... In the case of the world, is it to be understood that something is wrong, so it must be fixed?
Indeed, if we ask around, "Is the world okay?" the answer is likely to be rather negative, isn't it?
The answer would be too long and will not find its place here. Let's see how to fix our world.
Replace hatred and indifference with love and care for those around us. Wouldn't that be an original and simple idea? Everyone needs to realize that this is our problem. Why aren't we kind to others? What does it cost us to be nice to others? And yet, people don't seem to realize this effect.
If it all starts with the education we receive at home and at school, and if when we grow up these children do not behave as we would have wished, are we to believe that this is the source of our problem?
I fundamentally believe that everything starts at the beginning and if we are to fix the world, this is where we must start.
Go tell that to parents and teachers and what will they tell you?
We did the best we could and it was bad company that caused this. Oh yes, and where did the bad company come from, if not from the same children who had the same parents and teachers?
A little later, these children become businessmen, professionals, politicians. And they carry with them what they learned as children, sometimes mixing it with bad company and its consequences.
The world is what it is, and it is difficult to change it. That's what they want us to believe! And personally, I refuse to accept this status.
The world is made of you and me. It is what you and I are.
If we are good, the world will be good. If we are bad and wicked, the world will be bad and wicked. So to fix the world, we must first fix ourselves. Only when we understand and appreciate this fact, will we be able to improve things and the world.
If we return to the concept of Judaism, Tikkun Olam refers to various forms of action to repair and improve the world. However, in classical rabbinic literature, the expression refers to laws intended to preserve the social order. In the Aleinu prayer, it refers to the eradication of idolatry. In Rabbi Luria's Kabbalah, "reparation" is mystical: it is about returning the sparks of divine light to their source through ritual performance.
In modern times, especially in post-Haskalah movements, tikkun olam has come to mean the pursuit of social justice or "the establishment of divine qualities in the whole world," based on the idea that "Jews are responsible not only for their own moral, spiritual, and material well-being, but for the well-being of society as a whole.
I like this last sentence and that's exactly where I want to get to, without forgetting the religious character that would like all the inhabitants of the world to abandon the false gods and recognize God, and that the world will thus have been perfected.
Will I succeed in convincing one person who will try to convince another to improve our world. I dare to believe it. It doesn't matter if we want to repair, fix or improve our world, because it is ours, as long as we understand and realize that the well-being of our planet depends on each of us.
So, let's go