Saturday, September 16, 2006

On choosing goodness

Choose Good, Feel Great: Secrets to Living Your Best Life

The title doesn't do the essay justice. It opens with a Scripture quote:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed.”

— Deuteronomy Deut. 30:19

Some snippets:
For there to be choice, evil has to be pretty attractive. There is no choice if we're not interested in one of the alternatives.


Evil and good are not always like black and white. High-grade, superclassy evil looks just like good, but it's counterfeit nevertheless.


We do teshuvah not because we fear punishment but because we love G-d and know that we have, so to speak, let G-d down. This realization itself brings us closer to G-d, even closer than we were before we made the mistakes. Therefore, all our offenses turn into merits. The darkness is converted into light.


This world was not created for what is already good in it. This world was created to be a forum for a new and higher kind of goodness — the goodness born out of overcoming evil and choosing to do good.

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