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The real vaccine we eagerly await!

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20.11.2020

An excellent barometer for measuring the mark of a society is the word of the year. In 2016, post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year due to its prevalence in the context of that year’s Brexit referendum and media coverage of the US presidential election. It was not unexpected, perhaps the only surprise was that it was so long in coming.

The challenges to truth and integrity are not in fact new. From time immemorial there were those that have undermined authority and legislation and attempted and often succeeded in a gradual erosion of trust between the law and its citizens. In the Garden of Eden, it was the snake that persuaded Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge. Never were there humans that had greater clarity of vision as to Good and Evil. Yet the snake ensnared them by using cynicism to undermine the very G-d that had just created and place them there.

Cynicism can trace its origins to Greek thought. For them, life, nature, and the universe are governed by inexorable laws that are fundamentally indifferent to our existence. We are born, we live, and we die. Cynics withdrew from societal life and norms, believing that human conventions tainted and corrupted their lives. The cynic is inclined to disbelieve in human sincerity, in virtue, or in altruism they have no faith in humanity seeing only self-interest as motivating human behavior. Today cynics refuse to........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)


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