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Archive for May 17th, 2006

Selective Obedience

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 17, 2006

Boris, my dog, is a very well behaved dog. He is kind and open, always willing to please and be at his best – except when… well, we’ll get to that. He knows all the usual tricks of a dog – sitting, lying down, fetch, coming when called etc. He even knows how to ‘do his business’ on command for those cold and rainy days. In fact he is much like a human. He is opportunistic when it comes to food – i.e if it’s there he will eat it, even if it, strictly speaking isn’t his or if it’s in the garbish bin. He likes warm, soft places to sleep, and he enjoys playing and cuddling. So what’s about the “Except when…” Well, if anything more interesting comes along, he will loose his focus on what he is doing right there and then and chase down this new interest. Like rabbits or moles. No matter of yelling, treat-waving, cooing will help, he is completely deaf to any of that. “But Dad, there’s a RABBIT over here!” Selective Obedience. He also knows that if he eventually comes he will not be punished, he will be praised for coming. That is my Rule. Positive re-inforcement.Much the same as with us Humans and G-d. We generally are very well behaved – we know all the tricks, even some not so common ones and we do them gladly and willingly – until something more interesting comes along, distracts us, take our focus. Then all we have ever learned is lost to our minds and souls. Selective Obedience. It seems to me that we do this a lot – and it needn’t be something ‘positive’ like the eqvuivalent of a RABBIT to get us unfocused – some times it’s the deepest, blackest and coldest depression that makes us not hear, see or feel that G-d is out there, talking to us. I hate Depression – it is so Life-negating.

Quite opposite to Boris.



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Cursing the Deaf

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 17, 2006

Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.” (Lev./Vay. 19:14)Have you ever met those people that no matter what, they will claim that everyone can always do better, if only they applied themselves? Hard and uncompassionate people. I think G-d had those people in mind when He commanded us to not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind. They are the deaf and blind, as well as doing the cursing and stumblingblock manufacturing. These people have never heard about mitigating circumstances or Life itself, how could they – they are deaf? They have never seen a child learning to crawl and walk – how could they, they are blind?

I wonder what would happen if we all started treating each other as if we were all deaf and blind? What if we started looking for those mitigating circumstances that gives us reason to give each other a break, treat each other with compassion. I don’t think people would end up slacking and creating havoc around them – I think they would apply themselves even more.

Then there is off course the matter of beings that are acting as if they are deaf and blind, at least selectively – Like Boris. But that is another matter entirely – and btw – his deaf and blindness? He’s a dog – that should explain it, don’t you think?


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