Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Down, Down, Down, Down….

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


From a recent news article:

     According to a growing number of researchers, the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber. Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable.

     “I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues.”[i]

Gutman adds:

    Although this is a new idea for science, the Torah has always taught that each generation, from the first man Adam on, becomes lower and lower. It is likened to a stone that is thrown. The further it gets from your hand, the more time gravity has to pull on it, so it goes lower and lower.

     Our righteous ancestors are our role models. They were great and holy people whom we try to emulate. Whereas the scientists believe that their ancestors were monkeys, we believe that we come from the most special people who ever lived.

     So does this predict a gloomy future? No, not at all. Even though our holy books tell us that we go lower and lower in each generation, they also tell us that with each generation we come closer and closer to the glorious, final redemption. This means that even though we are lower than our ancestors, we have an even greater opportunity to reveal the holiness in our lives then they did.

    Now is the most wonderful time of all. We are living in the age when Redemption is happening. With the least effort we can accomplish the most. All we have to do is really try.

[i] The scientific journal Trends in Genetics


  1. Reb Guttman, thanks for your answer!

  2. We can thank stress for the decline in the freedom and ability to think and express ourselves, and this, in turn,, may be attributed to our modern methods of organizational management - you know, as in 'Human Resources'.


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