I believe Rabbi Lapin’s view is too narrow and anthropocentric in thinking that what is natural is chaotic and what is ordered is man-made. If it were not for universal intelligence (God, source, universal energy, Allah, etc.) there would be no improvement. Every bit of intelligence prefers improvement. Even the swamps and forests themselves prefer improvement and not necessarily man-made improvement. Streams and rivers cut through rock to make their passage easier. One has to KNOW of the evolution of all things toward improvement. THIS is natural!
There are endless examples of what is not wanted for any particular being. Some of us do not want religion, teachers, central government, art, murder, smokestacks, bears, computers, lawns, pickles, bread, bicycles, cities, clothes, etc., etc., etc. Selfishness, destructiveness, and gangs of marauders, philanthropists, teachers, artists, thieves, etc. are not “natural” or “unnatural”. They are result of focus OR lack of focus on what is wanted. Losing focus or belief in the desired improvement does not lead to chaos but it does allow the unwanted. Recent science has even shown “chaos” has a form of order.
Dwelling on the past is not improvement. Contrasting the past, or even, the present with what we would prefer is how we improve the future.
As Jeff says, it is within our control. But each must KNOW and BELIEVE it is, or we will not be able to effect improvement.
Many of those around us, especially MHP dwellers do not believe improvement is in their control. They look for outside sources e.g. government, MHP management, beer, drugs, strangers, etc. to improve their lot. Their behavior is not a “natural” return to chaos. It is a natural consequence of losing their belief that they can control their own improvement.
I am reminded of the multitude of Negro slaves in the U.S. in the 1800s. There are numerous stories of those who found happiness despite their circumstance yet looked forward to improvement. As more individuals believed slavery would end, circumstances arose to eventually effect the improvement.
Post Edited (09-06-10 16:57)