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Have an Abnormally Good Year!
Copyright © 2009 by Richard A. Grossman, Ph.D.  ·  All Rights reserved  ·  E-Mail: ragrossman@voicelessness.com
normal refers essentially to those common attributes selected into the gene pool that promote survival—not godliness.  Jared Diamond writes in his book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, that throughout history, if two tribes were living next to each other, the stronger one ultimately dominated and subjugated the weaker one.  This happened over and over again.  It continues to happen today.  It is normal.  If man and woman were created in God’s image, then the ancient Greeks had it right:  their Gods were often petty, vain, power hungry creatures—in other words, just like normal human beings.  We need to teach ourselves, in part, how not to be normal, if we are going to become less destructive to those around us.  Judging by recent history, this continues to be a slow, torturous process.  

But enough editorializing.  A few weeks ago Rabbi Don and Betsy invited our family, including our six month old Golden Retriever, Beau, to their house for dinner.  Some of you may not know that the Pollocks are superb cooks, and Rabbi Don had prepared a sumptuous roast that sat on a tray on the island in their kitchen.  It took Beau less than thirty seconds to run into the kitchen, jump up on the counter, knock the roast to the floor, and take a huge bite from the best piece of meat he ever tasted.  After we managed the near impossible task of separating Beau from the roast, Rabbi Don came over to me and said:  “I love it!  I love it!”  I knew what he meant.  This was the good life: enjoying together the memorable, loving, intimate, deviations from normal.

Have an abnormally good year!     
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