Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut? Really?

"Why Health Advice on 'Oprah' Could Make You Sick", when I read this headline, I almost jumped out of my chair, I've been saying that for the longest time! The hocus-pocus she endorses on her show, drive me crazy. What's the difference between "Harness Positive Energy!", and "Crossing Over with John Edwards"? They're both complete dreck, and feed on other peoples misfortunes, and/or insecurities. I'm glad to see that a big name media source like Newsweek, has the stones to attack Oprah Almighty. Having said that, there are plenty other so-called main-stream media types who are no better, Larry King for instance, has for years now had on his show any quack, or UFO proponent, he could get his hands on. Or the very fact that "A Haunting" is on the Discovery Channel, of all channels(!), is an out rage. (I'll stop preaching now.)

Which brings me to my next point, how is "Tracht Gut Vet Zein Gut", any less psycho-babble, than "The Secret"? How about asking a Rebbe for a Brachah, or Kvitlach, or basing the compatibility of a couple, on their names? Is that any less laughable than tarot cards, ouija boards, witch doctors, or fortune tellers? Of course they're all preposterous, but if that's what you where raised to believe in, then it's perfectly rational.

10 comments:

Altie said...

'Of course they're all preposterous, but if that's what you where raised to believe in, then it's perfectly rational.'

YOU obviously don't think it's natural, so don't try to brush it off as, 'well if that's what you believe then it's fine by me.'

It's obviously NOT fine by you, by the very fact that you are writing about it. Plus, you used to believe in these things too, but now you don't anymore, and that's what makes it harder to see others who believe in it.

Let me ask you: Do you believe in dieting? Does it actually work? In my opinion, only for some people. There is no set rule for each person, no 'magical diet' that'll make you lose 10 pounds within 2 weeks! And whoever believes in that crap is an idiot.

What about diet books? Atkins? You know Dr. Atkins died? So does that mean you shouldnt follow his diet? Or that it won't work for you? Again, each to his own.

Some people may have gotten good advice on Oprah that has saved their life. And others, just like the title suggests, may have take her advice and ruined their life.

So theres no one set rule. I may get a bracha frome a Rebbe, and it could help me in times of need. And you may go to a Rebbe and not feel anything at all. Does that mean that the Rebbe doesn't have the power to bless, or that it's all 'hocus pocus'? No.

And above all, ' To doubt everything, or to believe everything, are two equally convenient solutions. Both dispense with the need for thought.' Just because you choose not to be frum, doesn't automatically mean that everything you see or hear in the non jewish world is truth, or everything in the jewish world is false.

Make wise decisions, and have the insight to pick and choose knowledge.

tzvi said...

im sorry but a tzadik is the true and emeser thing! here check the seventh rebbe of lubavitch! which lived 17 yrs ago!

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micha said...

I lost a daughter, so you hit upon a topic that I spent much time thinking about.

The Chazon Ish voiced the same problems with the Chassidic view of bitachon (shared by some schools of Mussar) and explains that's not what trust in G-d really means.

Rather, we trust that nothing is random, that everything -- even when things zein nisht-azoi gut (as we see things) -- is part of Hashem's plan.

Notice this differs in two ways:
1- It's descriptive. The Chassidic version is prescriptive -- if you only believe enough, things will work out. This is just a statement of fact.
2- The more obvious point that no promises are being made about "vet zein gut".

Rather than taking solace that all will work out in a way that would make you happier in the long run, you instead find it in knowing that it all has a point. Suffering, when meaningful, it far more tolerable.

Emunah uBitachon is now available in English, you can easily see how the Chazon Ish addresses the topic for yourself. Why not pick up a copy. (Truth in advertising, a tzedaqah I run will make a commission from Amazon if you buy it from that link.)

-micha

Feivel ben Mishael said...

Ummmmmm. As far as what you mentioned about emuna and bitachon...
part of the reason tracht gut vet zein gut is because if you believe that everything from Hashem is good, obviously things will seem good to you.

Barry Shisgal said...

You don't get it! "Tracht gut, vet zein gut" means this: An old Chinese man lived with his only son. They had nothing but one horse. One day their only horse esaped. “We’re sorry about your horse,” the neighbors said, “that’s bad.” “How do you know it’s bad?” he asked. A week later their horse returned along with an expensive stallion. “Beautiful horse,” the neighbors said, “that’s good.” “How do you know it’s good?” asked the old man. The next day, the man’s only son decided to try the stallion. It threw him, and he broke his leg. “We’re sorry about your son's leg." said the neighbors, "it’s bad.” “How do you know it’s bad?” asked the old man. A month later a war erupted. Army recruiters came through the area, pressing all the young men into the army. All of them perished, except for the old man's son, who couldn’t go off to war because of his broken leg.

Anonymous said...

IT is more than that (but dayenu, it would have been enough). If you think good it will be good, means mroe than anything don't wallow in your misery--change the situation, or at least your outlook and that will make things better. Are you poor, sick, lonely, rather than focus on that focus on what you can change to make it better. My close friend and rabbi always lived by this saying. He was dying a young father in his 30s (lung cancer though he never smoked), even on his deathbed days and hours form the end, focused planning celebrations we knew would come after his passing. He was happy to the very last minute knowing he did everything possible to make the world a better place..

Anonymous said...

@altie - tf?

Anonymous said...

Success is a ladder, with his hands in his pockets is to climb up.