-From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory.
Man, on his own, cannot reach higher than his own fingertips.
He cannot break out of his own skin;
he cannot lift himself up by pulling at his own hair;
all of his achievements are tied to his ego;
all that he may comprehend is defined by his own subjective perception.
He is a prisoner by virtue of existence.
So G‑d threw Man a rope:
He gave him tasks to fulfill that are beyond his grasp;
thoughts to fathom that take him outside the hollow of his subjective universe.
All that is needed is his willingness to leave himself.
We are all prisoners. But we sit on the keys.