Every human needs to grow — this is an inborn trait in the species. That trait either manifests itself in real, significant growth or it can be sublimated, channeled into other pursuits. When we watch people chase all types of new plateaus and never being satisfied when they attain them: The man who is constantly seeking to make more money, even though he already has far more than he can spend in his lifetime; the king who goes to war to expand his boundary, even though his monarchy is safe and secure, these are manifestations of the need for growth, incorrectly channeled.

This need stems from the Nishoma of man, his soul. Man was placed on this planet exactly for that purpose — to grow. If man fills his soul’s needs, then he is satisfied, and finds peace, if he doesn’t, then he has this unmet need and desire within him that plagues and haunts him, demanding its fill. If that fulfillment can’t be attained with real growth then it demands its fill with something, anything, as long as it takes away that gnawing sense of “I am wasting my life”.

This Shmuz introduces us to some of the most basic factors in the functioning of a human being, and helps us understand exactly what it is that man needs to attain happiness.