I thought I would write about Noach’s (Noah’s) drunkenness, what Rabbi Lord Sacks describes as his survivor syndrome, but oddly the thing that grabbed my attention this week was the rainbow and God’s promise not to destroy the world in a flood again. It’s an oddly circumscribed promise, as if God had His lawyers draft it: I won’t destroy the world in a flood again (but maybe some other way, or maybe I’ll let you destroy it yourselves). Not that I think that God will destroy the world like that, but that He isn’t giving any real reassurance here.
From a mental health point of view that resonated with me. I have lost track of the number of times I have felt myself to be “recovered” only to fall back into depression. I think the message here is that every recovery is only in this partial way. Every recovery is only for today. And from this we have to try to build a new world, without any strong guarantees that the sky won’t fall on our heads tomorrow.