Think about this for a moment. “The same law that applies to a pit (i.e., a sunken hazard) applies to a raised barrier or other obstacle (i.e., a protruding hazard).
Spiritually, a pit represents our ability to receive and a protrusion represents our ability to give. Properly used, these abilities can be beneficial; without proper supervision, however, they may cause damage. If we give and receive haphazardly – not paying heed to what or how much we are giving or receiving, or to whom we are giving or from whom we are receiving – we will become a danger to society. But if we choose to accept only positive influences and spread only positivity throughout our surroundings, we will become a source of blessing to all around us.1 Hitva’aduyot 5747, vol. 1, pp. 488–489
G‑d also taught Moses the laws pertaining to damages caused by a person’s animals or property, including a pit that someone digs in the public domain.
If a person uncovers or digs a pit . . . and an ox or donkey falls into it, the one responsible for the pit must pay [for the damage]. Exodus 21:33-34