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?...
It is better to be on the outside looking in, than on the inside looking out
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch, quoting his teacher, the chassid Rabbi Shmuel Betzalel Sheftel