Friday, May 08, 2009
One interesting thing I have noticed is that my blog seems to get more than its share of negative comments.
I suppose one reason for that is the fact that my opinions differ from the opinions of most people who use the Internet. I am an Orthodox Jew, and they are not.
However I think there is something more to it than that. Based upon the emotion in many of the comments I get (many of which I don’t even post because they are so mindless) it appears that I am really hurting people.
Imagine someone who was raised in an Orthodox home who has read, let’s say, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. He has finally persuaded himself that the there is no God and he is free to do whatever he wants to. He no longer has to feel guilty about being lazy, dishonest and self indulgent. Without God, everything is permitted! Hurray!
Then somehow he stumbles across my blog. And here I am, point by point, logically, irrefutably contradicting all of his new found atheistic ideas. This must be devastating. So, in anger and frustration, he must lash out. He must make some meaningless comment about how “Science proves evolution.” (Yeah, right. Just like Christians claim that the Old Testament "proves" the New Testament.) Or he may hope to convince me to stop hurting him by claiming “Your ignorance and hatred are an embarrassment to Judaism so stop blogging.”
In any case, if my blog upsets someone for these reasons, I am not sorry. On the contrary, it proves to me that I'm doing a good job.
Here’s a suggestion to all these people: If you want to stop feeling guilty, then stop being guilty. Clean up your act. Return to Judaism.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 9:26 AM