Chazal teach us that HASHEM would have created the entire world for one man. The sun, the moon and the stars, the planets and constellations, the oceans, the rivers and the birds – it was all worth it all for one human being. The question is: what exactly is so great about man? What is so fantastically meaningful and significant about one person that it was worth creating all of heaven and earth just for him?
With the famous event of Hillel’s students following him to the bathhouse, we are brought to a new understanding of the significance of man and what is expected from him – a mindset very much missing from Western thought.