The Indefinite Flaw -- The Philosophy of "Tikkun" (תיקון)
Updated: Sep 10
Throughout my ventures across the online world, I have discovered many types of people and their philosophies, as part of my overall quest for relevance and for contribution to the world.
The word "Tikkun" is in Hebrew, and the English counterpart I was able to find, is "Correction". Surprisingly, at least to me, it is grimmer than it may seem to the naked eye, and after inquiring more info about this concept, I believe I better understand why Nietzche, who despised Christian and Jewish values, has developed his own theory of the "Overman". Of course, I will explain it all in this article.
I don't know about Islam as much, but it seems that Judaism and Christianity share a lot of similarities when it comes to their philosophies on this world. Both of these religions seem to see this current "World", or reincarnation of life, to be but a "platform" for the next "World". Both of them share the views of Heaven and Hell, with this reality being merely a test, to see how moral you will be, according to them, of course.
Some video games are exactly like this when they include alternative endings. I know some of you may struggle with this esoteric field, but by that I simply mean that your freedom of choice, both in life and in some of these games, have a consequence over your life's and gameplay's conclusion.
Even if you are not aware of it, your actions have a greater influence than you might think initially, and as a result, at least according to Judeo-Christian philosophies, it will affect your afterlife.
Such games actually have this as an obvious feature, in a form of a "morality meter". The more morally-just actions you will do, the better you might be in the end, and the more "corrupt" or "evil" you'll be... Well, that depends on the game, but I digress.
The premise of "Tikkun" is simple: You are here, in your current reincarnation, because there is something you must overcome. Allegedly, your soul's ultimate place of rest is what we call "heaven", which was arguably originated from the Hebrew word, "Eden", and in Hebrew we call heaven "Gan Eden" or "The Garden of Heaven".
Anyways, we are all here, according to this ancient philosophy, because we have certain problems, that we can deem them as "antagonists", which prevent us from gaining access to heaven.
As long as this "Correction" or "Tikkun" is in your way, you are bound to have infinite reincarnations on this "World" (not necessarily Planet Earth), until your issue shall be resolved. That is, at least, what I have managed to understand from talking with certain people.
If I am not mistaken, Christianity is more severe when it comes to this transition to several "Worlds" or "Realms". Contrary to Judaism, Christianity is a missionary religion. In other words, it seeks to convert as many people as possible into believing in Christ, in order to save them from eternal damnation in Hell, which is for some reason the opposite of Heaven. As of now I am not as aware about "hell" when it comes to the topic of this article, so I apologize.
All I know in this regard, is that Judaism is an "ethnic" religion, one that, in theory, does not wish to convert anyone (unless they are ethnically seen as Jews themselves). There is no Massiah in Judaism, because it is commonly believed that such figure has yet to come. Therefore, the transition to "Heaven" is through this very correction, this very sinful existence; A sin that will reward you if you overcome it through redemption and/or atonement.
There is a great problem with the concept of "Correction", and I believe it can be pretty obvious. Many of us simply do not know what is this "antagonist" that stands in our way into Heaven. Logically, we might live indefinite "reincarnations" just because of our own ignorance on this obstacle.
I am not sure if it's even possible to be fully aware of what one's "Correction" in this "World" is. It seems that the world is far less clear to us when it comes to our "divine plot" than it does on video games, for comparison. I use video games here as an example for a novel or a movie, so you can see it like that.
There is the protagonist, the "main character", who has this conflict that makes them develop in order to overthrow it, but compared to life, video games are far more obvious. I mean, even if you don't know what you're doing in a video game, there might be a clear progression of the game, towards its conclusion, as games are more often than not, deterministic, even if there are alternative endings, like life usually has.
Bear in mind! I am not a religious figure. I am merely a philosopher who tries to understand the logic of things and beings and share his findings with others. I am not an atheist, I am agnostic, or in other words, I have realized that faith is an inferior replacement for knowledge, and like the poet Horace has said, "Dare to know!". Why settle with faith alone? In other words! I don't even know if we have "souls", "reincarnations" and so on. Why not attempt to gain knowledge, instead?
But remember! If we have such a "Tikkun" within our lifetimes, it means that our existence is, by default, flawed. In Hebrew, "Tikkun" also means "fixing", which implies that our "soul" is broken, and that it needs to be "fixed", in order for us to move to the next "level" of the "game" that is this existence.
Likewise, I have no idea how it is possible to detect such abstract things in practice. But! I think I have already figured out my own obstacle in the way! Quite obvious, you see. A normal man would just move on with his life and submit to his own, current insignificance.
Nietzche's said: "Overcome good and evil", and hence why his Overman is above morality and above thinking about afterlives. However! How can one know if it is possible to transcend morality, if morality is possibly a system for you to "unlock" alternative endings? Why settle for this life, when more might come ahead?