Switzerland

Okay, here goes! I promised I would write about my trip to Switzerland for our 30th wedding anniversary.
Day One: The first thing we were struck by was the snow-capped mountains. Here is the view from our vacation apartment in Celerina.

It wasn’t all that cold outside yet we could see all this snow everywhere. I’ve gotten used to mountains living in Israel, but as someone who grew up in Chicago where the streets are completely level and you can drive on the same street in a straight line from south to north for an hour and still be on the same street, even a small hill was a real eye-opener for me when I went to summer camp as a kid. Switzerland seemed to me like one big summer camp, especially with the hang-gliders and nordic walkers all over the place.

The Swiss people are very helpful to us, lending a hand to lug a heavy suitcase off the train or giving directions. This got me thinking about the subject of innate morality. I note in my diary that people everywhere want to help because it just feels good to help someone else. It seems that the loss of innate morality is not just in actuality but in consciousness. There is a faulty supposition that religion has supplanted the need for innate morality, and this distorted way of thinking has destroyed religion, because all that remains is empty rituals performed without any heart. We expect the religious person to be more moral but the either-or perspective that supposes atheists possess innate morality but the religious don’t have any need for innate morality because all they need to do is follow the rules negates the religious person’s sense of natural caring, as if all that exists is religious commitment. But what is the meaning of commitment? It’s not being submerged into some kind of mass where you lose your mind but a surrender in devotion where your mind is part of the greater unity of all.

To be continued,
Batya

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