In the normal scheme of things (read Teva) the job of marketing and public relations (read spin) is to deftly cover up all of the warts and such that are resident in whatever it is that is being promoted.
This is the way of the value deficient society in which we live, and probably no more extreme example of this state of corruption can be found than in the way in which this tzunami of a health plan has been sold to the public from day one over six years ago when it was first proposed.
In eschewing politics as we should, to focus on the hashkafa of the whole process, we see a masterfully orchestrated pageant produced with enumerable variations on a central theme that is essentially a fairy tale.
If Moshiach were to be promoted to this extent maybe more people would yearn and anticipate his coming as per the Rambam.
But I digress.
In any case, we see the marshaling of every conceivable positive comment and image for the purpose of covering up the fact that the reality of all this health care nonsense is exactly 180 degrees in the opposite direction, far afield enough to seriously qualify as possibly the greatest LIE ever let loose on an unsuspecting public.
Spin aside; it’s quite clear that if the electorate would have been truthfully informed as to the actual contents of this law and the intent of its promoters as to its implementation, nobody but nobody except for the bunch that wants to burn the house down would have supported it.
Very nice, but what does all this mean to us?
It’s all about gam tzu l’tova.
In EmunahSpeak: PLAN B we averred that Plan A is always the best plan for a person because everything Hashem does is for the best and moreover, Hashem wants what is good for you more than you want what’s good for you. And that’s reflected in the fact that we consistently come up with Plan B…. It’s all about seeing life’s curve balls as the real Plan A rather the ruination of what we thought was Plan A.
And in EmunahSpeak: Seeing the Good we followed up that observation as follows:
It’s all quite a madreiga to be sure, but for most of us it is the madreiga of grinning and bearing it, which means that if we’ve got our heads screwed on right, really tight, we won’t have a meltdown when a pipe bursts in our house putting most of what we own three feet under water. We’re not happy about it, to be sure, and as much as we may try, we also seem to be incapable of discerning the good that will eventually put in an appearance. And nonetheless, we’ll say gam zu l’tova, accepting b’lev shaleim that it’s all Hashem’s will.
As we said above, this is already a madreiga. Maybe not high enough for a nose bleed, but it’s still something to talk about.
This is how we tend to look at life’s speed bumps, and as such it’s a study in myopia.
We discoursed at length vis á vis the healthcare disaster because it serves as a springboard as to how we should understand the concept of gam zu l’tova which is inversely proportional to everything we saw above.
It’s as if the Satan were hired to negatively promote every shtickel of Tov that Hashem brings to the world.
You had a flat, toothache, lost your wallet, lost your job, had a flood etc. That’s the spin that the Satan has been entrusted to put on any given point of your timeline in this world. It’s something seemingly bad that’s covering up something that’s most definitely good and if we knew what that good is we would be jumping for joy.
But unfortunately we don’t see it.
In EmunahSpeak: Seeing the Good we also quoted the Tanya to say that it’s not enough to simply accept an unpleasant situation. A person has to try to motivate himself to see it as an occasion for simcha.
Your car broke down? Boruch Hashem. It’s all gam zu l’tovah, our blindness to the tov notwithstanding.
Sound advice to be sure but how do we pull it off?
Just look at the health plan and realize that the good on the other end of your speed bump is the polar opposite of the bad (read awful) that’s on the flip side of the healthcare spin.
And let your imagination run wild.