Thursday, January 29, 2009

A storyteller

An approach from the philosophic point of view.
A father told his daughter that she needs to go to bed on time, otherwise he won’t tell her a bedtime story. When the daughter went to bed on time, she’d hear a story. When she misbehaved and didn’t go on time, she didn’t hear a story.

One time the daughter woke up in the middle of night and left her room. She saw the father sitting in his room, working on computer.

“Daddy,” she screamed, “go to sleep! Otherwise, you will forget all the stories!”
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Sometimes we forget that just because G-d doesn’t follow the rules He set up, it doesn’t make Him not Right or not Good. After all, He is the source of good. When we say “G-d is good”, we don’t [only] mean that G-d does good. We mean that G-d is Good. Or, more accurately, that Good is G-d.


The Real Shliach said...

Which rules did G-d not follow?

Crawling Axe said...

He made the moon small.

The Real Shliach said...

Oh. Right.

Crawling Axe said...

A better question is: is there a way to explain in a non-utilitarian way why Hashem is good? I.e., we say He is good, because He is the source of good. Is there a way to explain how He is good regardless of the effect that He produces in the world — i.e., that He is essentially good?