Because 14 years are missing from the chronology of the world, the rabbis conclude that Jacob went to the school of Shem and Ever before visiting Laban. Why? To learn Torah? No need since he’d been studying Torah all the time, under the guidance of his saintly father and grandfather. So why?
Rather, he needed to learn how to deal with evil people. But why? His own brother was wicked. Yes, but he was immoral secretly. Jacob needed to grasp how to interact with openly depraved people. But Shem witnessed the totally corrupt generation before the Flood. He could teach him.
Actually, most people around us that we may deem to be seriously morally lacking are actually hidden haters. They don’t say: we hate because we are bad people. No, they claim to hate all kinds of categories of people because they think or claim that the targets of their animosity are horrific creatures. They dedicate their lives to ridding the world of vermin.
Would it not be wonderful to see the return of openly nasty people? They should snub usage of anything invented by Jews, reject any philosophy first formulated by homosexuals, decline any contribution brought by women, etc. They would all die of terrible diseases and infighting and proudly so.
Farfetched? Maybe not. Hitler rejected all ‘deprived art’ and ‘Jewish science,’ and ‘un-German beliefs.’ This made all Jewish scientists flee, leaving him with a bunch of losers. And he was a hidden hater.
And in any case, hatred is a malignant growth that sits on the human mind and hampers all real closeness and cooperation. That’s why haters, in the end, will always give up or lose.
Only, we need to speed up our fight against cruelty to limit bloodshed. But we may do so optimistically. Goodness, love, creativity, and happiness will certainly be victorious. If we don’t go extinct from ruining the climate.