Planting “Seeds of Goodness”

By: Hillary Schulman

Recently, there was a post about an app called “eScapegoat” that allows users to unload their sins onto a virtual goat. I think this app is a wonderful thing since it allows us anonymously to bring light to our personal doings and know that we were the ones who did them instead of blaming others. Also recently, I came across the attached video and thought about this in conjunction with this new app.

Rosh Hashanah is coming, and it’s time for us to take responsibility for our own actions and change our bad habits. This time of year we are granted a clean slate – a chance to change our ways and make this world better. However, we always seem to fall into the same trap. We know we’re going to be making the same mistakes every year, so why try to change? It’s the laziness (my mother calls that the “L” word) in us that makes us not want to change and believe that we will still be inscribed in the Book of Life. Why don’t we take advantage of the multiple chances we’re given?

As this video points out, “Pride is at an all-time high, humility an all-time low.” We are a species that is too proud to admit our wrong-doings. We encounter bad consequences of our actions, and immediately we blame someone else. A child gets a bad grade in school, and immediately it’s the teacher’s fault. You didn’t get that promotion you were hoping for, but maybe you could have worked a little harder.

The video also had another interesting line: “There are not many human beings left anymore, lot of human doings, plenty of human lingerings….”  Our actions have become robotic and insincere. People no longer do things out of the goodness of their hearts but instead do things only if there is something tangible they get out of it. Yes, we are still humans, but we are no longer “beings” – capable of emotions and empathy. Instead we are “doing” and “lingering” – waiting for things to happen to benefit us and making the world revolve around ourselves.

I invite you to start this New Year by actually sticking to your resolutions and not creating resolutions out of necessity. I know I will start loving more, filling each day with kindness and compassion, and empathizing more. I hope you all will do the same. Shanah Tovah, and may you have a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.

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