What the Rav said:
A person sees that he already can’t manage to win the battle of keeping his eyes holy, he sees that he can’t manage to ‘sanctify the covenant’. So, he decides that the Tzadik means everyone else apart from me.
He can’t nullify what the Tzadik says, so he decides to make the Tzadik as if he was speaking to everyone else apart from me.
Maybe, though, it was exactly the opposite? Maybe the Tzadik meant you, more than anyone else?
Are you able to decide who the Tzadik was referring to?
Serving Hashem is tough.
Guarding our eyes and trying to keep our thoughts clean and to be holy. These are the hardest things of all.
We know that it’s the right thing to do. But, it’s sooooo hard!
It’s easier to say that perhaps those rules weren’t meant for me.
You’re right a person should guard his eyes and his thoughts, but maybe that’s just for a certain type of person, it probably wasn’t intended for people like me…?
It’s not an excuse. We have to face up to the fact that Hashem wants even you and me to be that careful, that holy, and that strong, to keep it going. I don’t pretend to have an answer of how we manage to achieve it in practice. However, the fact that we’re expected to do it – that I have to agree with.