Everyone seems to ask “Why do bad things happen to good people?” No one seems to wonder why the nicest, sweetest people are the ones often with the worst ideas. Why do people end up with bad ideas? How does someone actually change paradigms? And what, you aren’t yet asking, does this have to do with the Talmud?
Bad Ideas Happen To Everybody
Bad ideas are dead ends. When something becomes dogma, and therefore unable to be questioned, you are locking yourself in a place of no return. You might, in this instance, be able to term “sin” as a bad idea – sin, too, is a dead end that doesn’t let you grow in life. These dead ends, whether bad idea or sin, are best thought of in an evolutionary context – you reach a point where you can no longer evolve through your experiences, and as such, you die out. Considering that so much of sin itself comes from the wrong way of thinking, these two ideas may be two sides of the same coin.
If so, the question isn’t so much why bad ideas happen to good people. The better question to ask is “how do you make sure you don’t get stuck in dead ends?” And that, my friend, is the million dollar question. We suggest some good ideas, in that regard (no pun intended!). Listen in. You might find a way out of where you’re stuck.
This Episode Features
An earnest discussion of Richard Dawkins, sin and mistakes, evolution, paradigm shifts, and Torah. With a focus on the Oral Law in particular. Despite the subject matter, this isn’t a sarcastic take down of religion, but a search for self improvement and spiritual growth.
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