How our minds fool us


Our minds are incredible machines; we come up with inventions, we can rationalize anything, we can compare things far better than any computer can (that’s why computers cannot read those funny little catchu letters and numbers, but humans can.)


In other words, each of us – and if we see ourselves mainly as our hearts, our feelings, or essentially as the Rebbe says, we are our opinions – then we must know that our computer goes to work for us.


So, say I have an opinion that a. is a very bad guy, then my brain / computer is instructed to verify my opinion and begins to see everything wrong with a.


On the other hand, say my opinion based on my love is that a. (who happens say to be my father) is a very good guy, well then my computer is just as able to deny anything negative I see.


Ultimately our brains are not, nor can be the source of truth, for they are working for us.


Imagine going into a room and seeing a whole bunch of computers looking at sights that they shouldn’t be.


Now obviously you can’t blame the computers for those computers were manipulated into action by the people behind them.


In a similar sense, reality is very very simple, there are certain feelings which are worth having and certain ones which are not.


People used to think – based on their desire to think this of course – as Nike’s famous line used to be, “if it feels good, just do it.”


In other words, they wanted to fulfill their instinctual desires, so they created a society that extolled the virtue of instant gratification.


The trouble with instant gratification is that as it is instant, it disappears as fast as it comes.


So after enough instant gratification its not even gratifying anymore, as the famous adage of our sages – there is no such thing as a constant pleasure, for if you indulge in something, it ceases to be pleasurable.


So the flip side is, people realized that life cannot be based on fulfilling man’s instincts; and searching for the truth, they realized that God is true and the Torah is true.


And of course we all know – and this is the point of this article – that they key message of the Torah is “love your friend as much as yourself” and the flipside of that is “do not hold any grudges in your heart” – and if we truly want to do this, well then our brains will already figure out how!!!

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