Before He brought the cosmos into being, all that now exists was no more than a question in His mind, a counterpoint of ideas, pondering, “Should it be? Or should it not?”

Then, from that thought He created all things, and out of all things He formed Adam.

“And He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and Adam became a living being.”

So Adam awoke and he began to ponder: Is there really a world? Should there be a world? Why should there be anything at all? Is it worthwhile?

And now that is the struggle within each of us.

Maamar Zeh Hayom 5741, sec. 5.