Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Understanding

“There is a difference between righteousness and self-righteousness. The righteous are humble, the self-righteous are proud. The righteous understand doubt, the self-righteous only certainty. The righteous see the good in people, the self-righteous only the bad. The righteous leave you feeling enlarged, the self-righteous make you feel small. It is easy enough to befriend the former and avoid the latter.

“We need moderates, that is, people who understand that there can be a clash of right and right, not just right and wrong. We need people capable of understanding cognitive pluralism, that is, that there is more than one way of looking at the world. We need people who can listen to views not their own without feeling threatened. We need people with humility.

“That is why I ask for your understanding.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Accidental Science

This week the Logan household has been performing science experiments. For example:

  • Two, full, dozen-egg expanded polystyrene cartons falling from a kitchen counter can break ten eggs, only three which can’t be recovered.
  • Dropping a glass from the bottom shelf of a kitchen cupboard onto a plate on the counter can break both glass and plate.

What about you? Performed any “science experiments” lately?