If the Torah begins with a great and mysterious act: When God began to create heaven and earth…the penultimate verse of our parasha unhappily reminds us of that bright beginning: And the LORD said I will wipe out the human race that I created…for I regret that I have made them…God “takes responsibility” for His own regret, recognizing that He is its creator. However, instead of stewing in self-disappointment, God moves on and starts again with Noah, a new attempt at a new human race. This is the greatest proof that God is an optimist – and we should walk in His ways.