What's morality to you? In other words, what do you consider good behavior and what do you consider bad behavior? In old times, the answer may have been something like "I consider cheating or lying immoral" or "I consider kindness and love to be moral." But in corporate America, the lines between good and bad are so blurred that in many cases we've managed to flip morality completely on its head. Good is no longer good, and bad is no longer bad. Good is bad and bad is good.
Visiting my 23-years-hometown of Los Angeles over the past week was a blast. I spent the religious holidays with my family and friends that I felt I hadn't seen in ages, and visited some new friends I'd made over the years. I feel good from that trip! One question that came up a couple times when people from my religious community asked me about my new life in Washington, D.C. was my religion-- or lack thereof. Usually when I'm asked that question, it goes something like this
Do you think you're literally insane? Are people around you telling you you're insane? If you're like me, you spent half your life thinking you belonged in a mental institute and the other half trying to figure out how to avoid ending up in one. You hyperventilate like a maniac, you lash out at "normal" people, you think suicide sounds like fun, you're a weird loner who wears trench coats and plays violent video games, and you might even be a cannibal. You're insane. Have no
Since this information is long overdue, I'll say it now: I'm no longer Orthodox. Surprise. This news may come as a shock to people who knew me growing up, since I was raised in a devout Orthodox Jewish family and attended Yeshivish/ultra-Orthodox schools up until I went to college, and always followed the rules for the most part. The ultra-Orthodox community, as isolationist and secluded as it is, tends to be misunderstood by the secular world, and even by the rest of the Ort