Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I find that rebbi nachman has a wealth of self help advice. and not just that but i also have benefited by being by his synagogue in uman  for rosh hashanah. However i admit there are some people that tend to make breslov into a personality cult. I am not sure how to deal with this. Maybe the problem is that it is a fine line to walk because overdoing the importance of a tzadik and under-doing it. I think breslov people are  wary of under-doing the importance of rebbi nachmna and that makes them err of the side of overdoing it. I think i can agree with them on this issue. It is probably better to overdo it than the opposite. But in any case i would rather get it right.
I think the main way to get help is to find the chapter in the Lekutai Moharan that deals with your particular question and to read it out loud every day for forty days straight. at least for me i have found this very helpful.

A recent Gallup poll shows that more liberals have a positive view of socialism than capitalism.


 Socialism benefits the few at the expense of the many: Socialism is superior to capitalism in one primary way: It offers more security. It’s almost like an extremely expensive insurance policy that dramatically cuts into your quality of life, but insures that if worse comes to worse, you won’t drop below a very minimal lifestyle. For the vast majority of people, this would be a terrible deal. On the other hand, if you’re lazy, completely incompetent or alternately, just have a streak of very bad luck, the meager benefits provided by socialism may be very appealing. So a socialist society forces the many to suffer in order to make it easier for the few. It’s just asWinston Churchill once noted, “The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

Monday, April 21, 2014

One basic idea of Rebbi Nachman that I would like to see more generally accepted is the idea of Hitbodadut--that is private conversation with God in some private place.
This idea did have predecessor in the book by a catholic monk  brother Lawrence. But Rebbi Nachman takes it  a bit further.It is a hard thing to accept or even to hear but to rebbi nachman the idea of private conversation with God was a powerful tool to save people out of all their troubles. It was not just a good routine or a good advisable practice. But it is considered by many of the followers of rav nachman that it only works over many years. that is one prayers and asks for things every day for years  and eventually something gives and salvation comes.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My feeling is that there is not a lot of antisemitism in the Ukraine. But there is some. But I don't think that it adds up to what peoples impression is. I was discussing with a friend the other day what I think are the two major areas that the Ukraine needs to address. One area of problem is the culture of theft. This is I think one major reason why the IMF did not want to invest in the Ukraine a few years ago. And this also explains the reason why recently Europe was willing to welcome the Ukraine as part of the EU;-- because of the safeguards that go with being part of the EU (which are stronger that IMF safeguards).
Another area of problem is lack of core curriculum things. When the USSR fell most students in Ukraine went for business degree and humanities which are not really what makes a nation great.   And music and the hard core sciences fell dramatically.

But there has been a recent revival in core curriculum things

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Psychiatry has seen its share of damagingly-erroneous fads over the years: multiple personality, satanism, "recovered memories." It's important to learn from such fads and errors, not to hide them in embarrassment.

Every branch of medicine, and of science in general, experiences erroneous fads and false enthusiasms. Only a few years ago, the climate scientists were going nuts about global cooling, and soon, perhaps, they will do so again.

“Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Dylan and Truth or truth” (Or, “Would you read this if the title didn’t say “Woody Allen.”)

“Truth is truth,” Paddy Chayefsky stated. If only analysts could have that certitude, lost in the past few decades. Truth is relative, “constructed” in the present (transference), not historically accurate. Historical truth doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter at least. Except if a child was sexually molested: then truth matters, the real thing, what happened, was she or he seduced, assaulted. No “relative” here (for truth).But not a simple matter. Let’s listen to Jean Piaget (more neutral than Woody Allen).

Piaget said that for much of his childhood, he “remembered” that when he was in the pram with his nurse as an infant, he was kidnapped. Then, some years later, his nurse revealed that he had not been kidnapped; she simply hadn’t paid attention and his pram rolled away. He still “felt” that he was kidnapped, even as he learned the historical truth that he hadn’t been.

Now, Allen and Farrow (for this is mostly a tragedy that results from their stunning animosity); their children suffer from what the U.S. Army would call “friendly fire” (about nothing which is friendly when your shot dead). Their young adult adopted daughter is cited by a columnist as an example of someone molested by her father in childhood and the aftereffects into adulthood. But, Allen cites an extensive evaluation at Yale Child Study Center at the time of the alleged molest, that showed that she was likely not molested by father. If they are to believed, if our Yale colleagues are to be trusted to some degree, then we learn at least three things.

First, the now young adulthood victim believes that she was molested; she is a victim of animosity between her parents. Second, we learn respect for the adherence between love and hate (as Freud suggested); how love turns to hate when a “divorce” occurs.

Second, Farrow, married at nineteen to Andre Previn, has such animosity to Allen that she would make enduring accusations at the expense of her children’s well-being (her older son confirms that mother told the children to turn against their father).

And third, perhaps Allen’s last word on this may be dismissed by some.

Perhaps all that is left to us at this point is to recognize that some “truths” are not so relative; ain’t important. Truth about life events can really count. When we work with children molested, helping them recognize the true events of their, to explain why they feel and live the way they do, is one significant factor in this work.

Two parents rain animosity at each other over the decades; their children are shot down in this crossfire.

Monday, March 17, 2014

My advice at this point is to limit the amount of antagonism towards Putin. But I admit that I do not think my advice will be listened to. I have the sad suspicion that the west will use this incident to escalate tensions with Putin.

But I would like to point out several facts. Crimea was a ambiguous gift to the Ukraine in the first place. It was Tartar territory where attacks were launched against Kiev Russ. When the Tzars won the independence of Russia, the Crimea became Russian territory.
Next I want to mention that many Ukrainians even in the West have been wishing to be part of the world power that was the USSR. They miss the thrill of being Number One. [And in fact in some areas the USSR was Number One. At least in Mathematics that seems fairly clear. But even in areas where the USSR was number Two that is still better than being the last on the list or a third world country.  Now that being said of course i know the west and the middle of the Ukraine want to be a part of Europe and the west but that should not diminish the fact that Ukraine and Russia are not enemies. It is only hot heads and trouble makers that want to escalate this.

The seriousness of escalation is real. See: Not Yet News at AP or Politico: Russian State Broadcaster's 'Turn Into Radioactive Ash' Warning to U.S.
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/03/16/not-yet-news-ap-or-politico-russian-spokesmouths-turn-radioactive-ash-wa#ixzz2wDAYUq97

People might not be aware of this but Putin is not someone to bully. The more the west make threats the more Putin is likely to respond not verbally but by quietly  putting a few nuclear submarines outside of American cities. In fact I would be surprised if he has not done so already.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Even though people monitor this blog from Russia I am not intimated. It is that I really feel that the USA should not get involved in escalation with Russia.
I think that the Crimea is unique and i have said so before on this blog. sanctions against Russia is i think a really bad idea. But I admit that they could legitimately have lost preferred trading partner status. But not sanctions please.

If this escalates it could mean war between Russia and the USA. and this is not a scenario in anyones interest.

Russia is not the enemy of the Ukraine nor of the USA. Lets all calm down. and try to avoid nuclear war