Category Archives: Current Affairs
Yesterday we wrote about the four kinds of apps man can use to manage his functions, of thoughts, speech and actions.
To love people just remember, you are people and people are you – you may have experienced pain but that was only because whoever hurt was hurt so it is in the nature of man to be jealous of those who have something they don’t and hence seek to obliterate love; but the answer is never to give in to terrorism no matter the form (for this is the true motive of terrorism namely terror which would obliterate love, for to love one must feel secure as one crosses not a bridge that is rickety) hence by feeling sorry for the evil people you eliminate their power to harm and you redeem your soul.
Civilization it’s a funny word
Civilization means civilized
Is civilization civilized?
The common assumption is that once cavemen we were, and then we civilized ourselves.
Was German Nazi organized-to-the-tee civilized?
Can order and anarchy meet?
Judaism of course had the only true realization of civilization!
In a letter to a one enquiring the fact that Judaism was the first book of ethics for civilization, a book that changed the conception of civilization, the questioner enquired that the code of hamurabi predates the Bible to the great Lubavitcher Rebbe who replied that the code of hamurabi which recommends the chopping off of the arm of the son of a contractor who built a shoddy apartment for a purchaser, is not civilized rather barbarism.
One of the fundamental mistakes we make is to equate order with civility as opposed to security.
Groups of people aren’t civilized if when the fear of punishment, jail etc. is removed they will eat each other alive (as we see all too often in Africa.)
Hence the civilizing of civilization as the Rebbe teaches, is only in the civilization of the individual, when you and I both learn to overcome our selfish side and become givers, when we learn to love and to forgive, when we can control our baser side, that, and only then, have we become civilized.
Our needs and our desires: We need truly only three things 1. (in Maslow’s hierarchy style) our physical, namely money for food and clothing and for a shelter, but coupled with this most of all we need God’s protection, for if God forbid we live in an insecure environment whether through natural or human disasters our equilibrium gets disturbed and our entire mind becomes focused on survival 2 We need people – haadam hu midini a person is a social animal 3. We need meaning, as Victor Franek so aptly wrote that mans primary (and as Maslow agrees) need is for a meaning in ones life Everything else is a waste of time.
According to Martin Gilbert, Churchill saw himself as a failed leader – for years he pleaded in vain to the British Parliament to see the evil that was Hitler and was only given his post after bombs rained on England.