Ohr Hachayim Deuteronomy: Shoftim
Every Man A City
“Man: The most complex of beings, and thus the most dependent of beings. On all that made you up, you depend.” -Andre Gide
Plato’s Republic (circa 380 BCE) is considered the first text in our possession to compare a human being to a city. The parallels are many. We are composed of many different parts. We have many requirements. We have different elements vying for attention. Despite the different parts and demands, they need to get along harmoniously, there needs to be an internal balance, otherwise the entity ceases to function.
[The rest of this Torah Insight is at http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/every-man-a-city/]