Skip to comments.Wisdom vs. compassion
Posted on 07/23/2017 3:28:33 PM PDT by SJackson
Why is there no Good Son in the Passover haggadah?
As most Jews know, there are Four Sons in the Passover liturgy: the Wise Son, the Bad Son, the Son Who Doesnt Know How to Ask, and the Simple Son.
But there is no Good Son. Why not?
There would appear to be one likely answer: The rabbis considered the opposite of bad to be wise.
And they were brilliant in doing so.
Why? Because without wisdom, goodness is impossible.
This may be the great unappreciated lesson of our time. Beginning with the baby boomers, Americas most arrogant and foolish generation the children, ironically, of what became known as the Greatest Generation wisdom, which is first and foremost the idea that you learn from those who came before you, has been utterly discredited. It started in the 1960s, when the boomers entered their college years and coined their infamous slogan, Dont trust anyone over 30, which perfectly encapsulates the rejection of wisdom.
Contempt for wisdom is one of the reasons religion has played less and less of a role in American life, especially American-Jewish life. After all, the Torah, for example, is well over 30 years old. Why take it seriously?
But what shall substitute for religion, the wisdom it has conveyed through millennia of generations? The answer is: compassion.
Compassion has taken over for wisdom. Is there anything more beautiful than compassion? And the beauty of being compassionate rather than wise, is that, not only is it effortless, it feels good.
The wisdom/compassion divide is at the center of the left/right divide.
No one can deny that the left uses the word compassion far more than the right. In fact, just the word alone silences opposition. How could it not? To oppose the left is to oppose compassion and who wants to be accused of that?
On almost any issue, you can identify the compassion-wisdom divide, and thereby identify the left-right divide.
Should Europe take in a million refugees from the Muslim Middle East? Compassion says, of course. Wisdom says, of course not. Europe is already in a potential death spiral in large measure due to its millions of Muslim immigrants, many of whom, and many of whose children, do not share European values.
The same compassion-wisdom divide holds true regarding whether the United States should accept tens of millions more immigrants from South and Central America or hundreds of thousands from the Middle East.
Compassion demands open borders. Erecting any form of barrier, physical or legal, to the poor of the world lacks compassion. On the other hand, wisdom says that a country with open borders ceases to be a sovereign country, and loses its cultural identity.
Minimum wage is another example. Compassion demands ever and ever higher minimum wages. Wisdom asks how many young people will never be hired as a result of small businesses such as restaurants being unable to afford to hire new workers at such wages.
The transgender issue provides yet another example of compassion versus wisdom.
Compassion demands that people who have gender dysphoria a conflict between their gender identity and their biological sex/gender always have their self-perceived identity honored. Wisdom asks what price society will pay for always honoring gender identity rather than gender:
Is it good for children that teachers in elementary schools across America are now told not to address their students as boys and girls? Is it fair that womens track teams lose to other female track teams that have biological male competitors on their team? And, most important, should compassion or wisdom dictate how parents treat a child who says he or she isnt a he or she? Compassion would seem to say that parents should do whatever possible in order to accommodate their childs transgender identity. But wisdom notes that the overwhelming majority of young people who identify with their non-biological sex eventually fully identify with their biological sex.
Indeed, Dr. Michelle Cretella, the president of the American College of Pediatricians, says parents who place children on puberty blockers around age 11 or 12, and the doctors who support this, are engaging in child abuse.
And perhaps the most obvious area of the compassion-wisdom divide is government benefits. Compassion demands that society give more and more benefits to more and more people. Wisdom asserts that those people who cannot take care of themselves be taken care of, but those who can take care of themselves should not receive unearned benefits. Benefits can hook people just like heroin does, undermine the individuals character, and ultimately drive a government to bankruptcy. The $22 trillion our government has spent fighting the War on Poverty since the 1960s is nearly equal to the $20 trillion national debt, while the poverty rate over the same period has remained fixed at about 15 percent.
Society needs compassionate people. But compassion without wisdom leads to societal suicide. Thats why the Good Son is called the Wise Son. There is no good without wisdom.
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Or welfare, or gender tolerance... and so on.
It depends on who decides who is deserving of compassion. It's not compassionate to the lawful citizens to seed their society with the lawless. It's not compassionate to the productive class to subsidize sloth by stealing the fruits of the productive class' labor.
Wisdom is compassion, directed to the proper recipients.
It is more likely because good is perfect. There are none that are perfect except Christ, The Son of God. Christians are perfect in Him, having all our sins washed away by His blood, but at the same time we are not perfect, far from it, in our actions. Christ was/is perfect in every way.
Some people have some wisdom, some more than others, but no one has perfect wisdom, except God. Jesus is God come in human flesh and had/has perfect wisdom. He is the good Son.
Where is compassion on the robbed?
Where is compassion on the robbed?
It’s not coming from the government. It is too busy looting.
Not sure if I fully buy this.
Can an adult with an IQ of 75 have wisdom? Surely the person could have compassion.
James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given to him.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgement: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
Just curious: did you read the article?
The only true compassion is personal compassion. IOW you give of what you have to those who you think deserve it, and you use your wisdom to help you make those decisions.
The type of compassion that Prager is talking about is “delegated compassion”, where some third party, in most cases the State, steals other peoples resources to pass on to whoever the state wants.
This type of “compassion” is theft and fencing. It is a despicable act that leads to corruption, ingratitude, and a degenerate society.
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