Thursday, January 10, 2013

The lie

From time-to-time I hear from secret Orthodox Jewish atheists who mistake me for a member of their club.

"How", they ask me "do you put up with the lying?"

My standard reply is that, first, I'm not an atheist, thank you very much, but even so I don't think its "faking" to say and do things when you don't believe in the underlying idea.

Ralph Kramden, eg, knew there was nothing magical or mystical about the Royal Order of Raccoons, or whatever his fraternal organization was called, but he liked the social benefits so played along (which is what everyone else in the club was doing, too.)

College fight songs are chock full of untruths, yet loyal alumni sing them lustfully.  Same for national anthems. We sing - no matter how absurd the words may be* - because we wish to express our loyalty to the community and because it feels good to be part of something old, and larger then ourselves.  In other words, truth may be an important value, but its not the only value, and sometimes other values matter more, and that's fine.

* EG: How "glorious" is Canada?



Search for more information about ### at4torah.com 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

qogsm [url=http://drdrebeatsuksales.co.uk]cheap beats by dre[/url] syedg http://drdrebeatsuksales.co.uk ykgxu [url=http://beatsbydreukforsales.co.uk]beats by dre[/url] onvay http://beatsbydreukforsales.co.uk mjnrb [url=http://cheapdrebeatsuksale.co.uk]beats by dre[/url] ulige http://cheapdrebeatsuksale.co.uk eachv [url=http://cheapestbeatsheadphones.co.uk]beats by dre[/url] wqpdb http://cheapestbeatsheadphones.co.uk soltk [url=http://cheapestdrebeats.co.uk]cheap beats by dre[/url] kfutb http://cheapestdrebeats.co.uk adbmz [url=http://cheapdrebeatssale.co.uk]beats by dre[/url] sjhjg http://cheapdrebeatssale.co.uk upyh

Anonymous said...

The proper function of man is to live,but not to exist.

6eVsg http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
fPov http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
sOwj http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
6eIpc http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
0dZvh http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
5aDuw http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
8xNls 8zTcc 1mCkg 7wTbb 1mKbg 6sVrs 0hPdf 1aEqd 7gFpw

Anonymous said...

He who will not learn when he is young will regret it when he is old.

8hHgh http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
kTux http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
gVew http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
0tLfv http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
4qRlr http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
2hFww http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
5zCwq 9zRju 7eYdn 6nAob 9sSyu 4oDph 9uLgl 2bJgp 5qLbu

Anonymous said...

The wise man is always a good listener.

9cOyt http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
cCpl http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
pDuw http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
8jXro http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
3fKut http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
4tSga http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
4vPgd 6ePiz 5aVac 2rVpz 9jAii 7sCnd 0tZov 6zGvg 9cAyu

Anonymous said...

Reading enriches the mind.

6nYic http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
dOfa http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
lMpd http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
4iHxq http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
8rWhd http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
5bEdr http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
4lCqy 1jHnk 0mKhe 8mBxs 1mWen 7gYps 4eCor 0gSwu 0nPls

Anonymous said...

Brokersring.com - Learn how to turn $500 into $5,000 in a month!

[url=http://www.brokersring.com/]Make Money Online[/url] - The Secret Reveled with Binary Option

Binary Options is the way to [url=http://www.brokersring.com/]make money[/url] securely online

Anonymous said...

longchamp bags nijteboe longchamp outlet zqtdqmqk longchamp sale pfrmkadc longchamp tote nrsnvqhf longchamp nlvfddqq

Anonymous said...

Coach Outlet oxywtkru Coach Factory Outlet qbjttsar Coach Factory wvjggczk Coach Outlet Online bynzpgbl Coach Outlet Sale dipurgyx

Anonymous said...

When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added
I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you
can remove me from that service? Kudos!

Feel free to surf to my web page; Michael Kors Outlet