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Rationalizing

Beware of those rational lies.

Published: March 7, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 7

(7) Anonymous, March 16, 2009 3:57 PM

Life isn't always black or white.

You're right, of course. But life isn't black & white. Even things that are wrong are sometimes necessary. And sometimes not necessary, but one finds it next to impossible to go on without doing them. We can't judge people. Sometimes we can't even judge ourselves. Maybe afterwards, we can look back & say something was wrong. And then we have to live with that (and teshuva isn't so easy.) At the time, sometimes doing or saying something wrong is the only way we can see to get through something.

(6) Anonymous, March 12, 2009 6:04 PM

The thief that prays for Divine help!

Great short talk Lori! We all suffer from it at one level or another. It reminds me of the case mentioned in The Talmud (and quoted many times in Chassidic textes) of the thief (ganav) that prays to G-d for help with his 'genefa' for him to be succesful in his house invasion/burgulary. In this case quoted the thief acts sincerely beseeching G-d praying for success and rationalises the situation.The thief good ask G-d for a 'kosher' parnassa livelihood but chooses to go the wrong way

(5) David Cohen, March 11, 2009 9:46 AM

A question of who's leading whom

Are you trying to find reasons to support your desired decision, or are you letting reason guide you to the best decision?

(4) Anonymous, March 10, 2009 6:30 PM

att: moshe rosen

to Moshe Rosen: it's human nature only if you want it to be. We are Used to rationalizing that is why we do it so often. Even just saying that this is human nature, is rationlizing. Every area of a person can be worked on and every habit can be changed! good luck ,)

(3) Anonymous, March 9, 2009 12:20 PM

True

I've actually heard of this same exact scenario before. I wish I knew how to convince the person defending this woman that what she's doing really is a rational lie. Thanks Lori!

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