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Charlie Sheen Implosion

Why do we like to watch somebody's tragedy?

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Published: March 20, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 32

(22) Anonymous, March 28, 2011 12:24 AM

Charlie Sheen

I don't wish to watch him self destruct, I feel for him, for him. Did you know he and his twins are JEWISH?

(21) Anonymous, March 26, 2011 5:37 PM

Response to Renee

Thanks, Renee, you at least attempted to use the Tanach to back up Lori's claim, unlike most others who merely say they "think" it's how God judges us (by the way, I don't know why some of my [Grena] replies are listed as Anonymous since I enter my name and info the same each time). However, your argument still fails. There's nothing in the Tanach to support your statement that "Noach was righteous enough for Noach." In the opening verses of Genesis 6, Hashem decides to destroy everyone. All humans were guilty including Noach, but verse 8 records him receiving "grace"--getting lucky and receiving something he didn't merit or deserve (instructions for building the ark and saving his nuclear family). Verse 9 explains that he was without blame among his community. Relative to others, he was the best choice in this never-to-be repeated event (genocide by global flood). Hashem was not under obligation of covenant to save him. If we didn't have the rest of the Torah for a less-ambiguous context, this section would be an argument for God judging us based on others, not based on ourselves or the Torah! Likewise for Avraham, he did nothing to earn Hashem's appearance in 17:1, and he recognized he was receiving "grace" in 18:3. Ditto for the Israelites (an overall wicked bunch as shown in their wilderness journey) in Exodus 3:21 et al. I see nothing in the Tanach to support your claim that Moses was "considered a good man", or that he was held "to a higher standard." In 33:17, he too received grace; he didn't earn it by particular acts or human effort. This message of Grace continues throughout the Christian record for people who fall short of God's Torah. I'm still wondering where this idea of God judging us based on ourselves crept into Judaism.

(20) Rachel, March 24, 2011 11:22 PM

Not me

I don't have any interest in watching anyone implode, and certainly not some marginally-talented celebrity. It's just sad; I change the channel when the news turns to his antics. With bombs falling in Israel, radiation in Japan, 3 wars with U.S. troops, etc, there are many other people more deserving of my concern and prayers than Mr. Sheen.

(19) Michal, March 24, 2011 11:25 AM

people in an accident are not fulfilling mitzvoth

Firstly, I agree with the first writer, Bill Josephs. Why do you say "we".? People are different. Everybody, I think, has its own reason. Most people just want to see what happens, how is the outcome, good or bad? We even can say a prayer for them.

(18) Mati, March 24, 2011 8:16 AM

I have ignore tragedy, not because I was insensitive, but because I hated to look at the pains of others as entertainment. I had often asked myself "why do I do this?" And I have thought of the possibility that perhaps I was angry at those causing a traffic jam because they slowed down to watch. "Perhaps I was self-centered," I thought, "Maybe everyone looks to learn what caused it and what not to do in the future? " Then I decided that, no! Everyone wants entertainment.....like the evening news. Regarding traffic accidents, drivers want to be able to report to another, "I was there," like going to Hawaii or something. But perhaps I am really wrong. Perhaps it is the G-d-given trait called curiosity. Without it, we would never seek to learn about ourselves and the world around us. Perhaps then, because we stop to look at the holocausts of others due to curiosity, the trait is part of our yetzer-hara. After all maybe this curiosity is the trait that makes us look at the body parts of the opposite sex as well as our own sex. Perhaps it is this curiosity causes us to watch vagrant movies and listed to lashon hara. Curiosity therefore can be sided with the yetzer hara. But like all of G-d's wisdom, he gave us the yetzer hara to make us, when controlled, better people. After all, we will not "go forth and multiply" if it were not for the yetzer hara. The only conclusion can be, then, is we want to know the "train wreck" because of our yetzer hara. And we need to control this yetzer hara and not stick our minds in the businesses of others except to determine "how to help."

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