Friday, April 19, 2013

The Truth of the Torah & The Tortoise and the Hare

Recently I was explaining to a small group of people how I could live as an orthodox Jew while at the same time be an atheist. Here is how I explained a part of that puzzle.

One of the famous stories from Aesop's Fables is The Tortoise and the Hare. As Wikipedia tells it:
The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise who challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. The tortoise gets tired but he keeps going. When the hare awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.
Now there are a number of ways to react to this story.

Someone might say "That can't possibly be a true story. Animals don't talk, let alone race." This is the response of an idiot.

Another response is "Hares must be evil and we must emulate tortoises in every way possible." This is the reaction of a fool.

"What can we learn from this story?" seems to be the only sensible approach to this fable or the Torah.

4 comments:

T Arthur Smith said...

I don't get it. The tortoise is an atheist? I thought they were just running a race.

Lubab No More said...

The atheist is listening to this obviously untrue story and taking what he can from the fable even though it never happened.

jewish philosopher said...

Perhaps as an orthodox Jew I can accept the myth of evolution as being a fable having some obscure moral value?

I guess Hitler perhaps saw it that way. Survival of the fittest. Let's gas all the Jew weaklings.

Lubab No More said...

Look everyone! It's world famous troll JP!!!

JP! It's been a long time. You're like a ratty old sweatshirt that you find at the bottom of the closet that brings you back to some fond old place in time, then you put it on and realize smells of mildew.