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Saturday, July 10, 2010

What in your view . . .

Is the single greatest impediment, towards mankind and individuals from achieving a really good life?

2 comments:

Agim Zabeli said...

Max:

Since I'm a Reformed Theology Christian the answer is easy: the single greatest impediment to living a good life is our radical depravity.

One currently regnant manifestation: For the last several generations many in the West have come to believe one must choose either to follow one's intellect or to follow one's faith in God. We've convinced ourselves we must trust in one or the other because the two cannot be reconciled. We have taught ourselves (or think we have taught ourselves) truly intelligent people cannot be obedient Christians and obedient Christians cannot be truly intelligent. This issue pervades almost every aspect of our culture. One sees this mistaken opinion expressed or implied in virtually all our arts and media. The problem of our intellectual pride is as old as humanity. Our culture revels in the error right now but the fact is we have always thought we could outsmart God.

( ""You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.") Same old problem, same old source.

I hope you didn't expect any other sort of answer early on a Sunday morning.

Max Weismann said...

Agim,

Thank you for your thoughtful response, but as a moral philosopher, I traditionally restrict my discussions of the problems of the good life and the good society to the temporal life and to that life on its secular plane. Those who are religious persons and distinguish between the secular and the religious activities they engage in, as well as between their worldly and their religious aspirations, will be able to affix appropriate qualifications, additions, and even dissents to various things I will say "without regard to religion." Those who are not religious persons or who make no distinctions between the secular and the religious life will, of course, not be aware of any need for such qualifications, additions, or dissents.