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Friday, March 26, 2004

Thank G-d for Blogging

Most bloggers I have met want to do the right thing. There are three areas in which “doing the right thing” applies: in our relationships to ourselves, to others and to G-d. Jewish philosophy teaches us that there are three attributes that create shortcomings in these three areas: uncontrolled desire, jealousy and egocentricity.

In regards to ourselves, important characteristics include self-respect, self-control and self-esteem. Uncontrolled desire is the characterisitic of wanting some physical pleasure or possesion right now. In adults the main battlegrounds are food, sex and acquisition of stuff. To the degree that a person can control their physical desires, is the degree to which they will command self-respect, self-control and self-esteem.

In regards to others, important characteristics include feeling positive and helping others which creates closeness among people. Jealousy is one of the major deterrents towards getting close. If we are jealous of someone, it is vey difficult to share their joy and we are less likely to help and care for them.

In regard to G-d, important characteristics include gratitude for what we have and recognition that there truly is a Master of the Universe. Egocentricity deters us by deceiving us into believing that we are the center of the universe and thereby not recognizing and appreciating all that G-d provides and that He is really calling the shots.

Blogging is a deterrent mostly in the man to G-d relationship. The individual nature of blogging leads to an egocentricity of my opinions, my design, my traffic, my blogroll,... It may be helpful to stop every now and then and say “Thank G-d for Blogging” and for its potential for self-development and connection with the rest of the blogosphere.

Have a great weekend!