#28: Yonason Goldson - The Hitchhiker's Guide to an Ethical Life
What is the difference between ethics and morals?
How can we build an ethical society when we don't agree on moral principles?
How can we trust our own opinions when we can't trust our sources of information?
These and many other profound and urgent questions are addressed when the rabbi, Yonason Goldson, changes chairs from host to guest on the Rabbi and the Shrink.
1:30 Are compassion and intellect split, or can they be reconciled?
The difference between compassion and kindness
4:00 Is giving an impulse or a choice?
We unlearn our natural wiring to be kind and compassionate
6:30 What are ethics? Are they different from morals?
Where does wisdom come from?
How do we build an ethical society when we don’t agree on moral axioms?
11:00 Why are universal ethical principles so elusive?
Why did Albert Einstein regret publicizing the theory of relativity?
What’s the difference between facts, truth, and reality?
17:00 How do we apply ethics to COVID vaccinations?
We can arrive at different conclusions through intellectual integrity.
Is unethical behavior a kind of virus?
23:00 Can oversensitivity cause us to become increasingly oversensitive?
26:00 How do our beliefs and proclivities influence our perception of truth?
How do we make allowances for our own unconscious biases?
How my willingness to challenge my own stereotypes changed the course of my life.
30:00 Why constructive disagreement is the way of wisdom and unanimity is dangerous?
32:00 Why is the best lie closest to the truth?
How do we have confidence in our own opinions when we can’t trust our sources of information?
When we try to score points by compromising truth, we end up harming our own cause?
38:00 How does ego promote confirmation bias?
Why do people complain about being disillusioned?
Embrace the tension between urgency and equanimity
Greed, speed, laziness, and haziness are the source of most of our problems.
42:00 The word of the day: anucleate: lacking a cell nucleus
We need a sense of self and center, but just as ego leads us into much folly, humility allows us to be flexible to adapt, like red blood cells fitting into capillaries because they lack a nucleus
46:00 Sometimes we just need to be a good member of the audience.
We get so caught up in ourselves that we forget to do the obvious.