Are you a man or a monkey?
Tradition to quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism he says is the dead faith of the living.
* Ten monkeys are in a room with a staircase in the corner. When one of the monkey’s wander over to the staircase and takes one step up a hose in the ceiling sprays all the monkeys. Soon the monkeys realize the feedback loop and do not allow any monkeys to go near the stairs. One monkey is removed and a new one is added. As soon as he ventures near the stairs all the monkeys prevent him. The monkeys are replaced one by one until all ten monkeys are new and have not witnessed the hose. They will not allow any monkey near the stairs but they don’t know why. Read More
No Man is an Island
No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less.
Hillary Clinton discusses in her book It takes a Village that an entire community is responsible for raising a child not just an individual family. The teachers, doctors, grocers etc.. everyone in the community plays an important role in raising a child. No person is an island, completely self sufficient, everyone owes a debt to the society that raised them. Read More