Dear Folks -
I began the talk I offered in Ordinary Life this week by playing the introduction to the film Fiddler on the Roof. Because of copyright restrictions the audio of the film is not on the audio file of the talk. You can see it by going to
That evening I was able to watch the entire movie. It is LONG and, I thought, good. It is very much about how a community of Jewish people in Russia, prior to the Revolution, try to hang on to their lives and lifestyle through the use of tradition and humor. I recommend the film to you.
Tradition does play a vital role in our lives, especially in our religious and spiritual work. Also, of value and matters that often trump tradition are the roles of reason and experience. If we are to find balance in life, we must be open to seeing and thinking clearly.
That is what this "life talk" is about. The cartoons, optical illusions and logic problem can be found by viewing the presentation slides.
The full text I spoke from is below.
To download the complete text of the talk, click here
Download 1:20:13 - Complete text
To download the presentation slides, click here
Download 1:20:13 - Being Balanced
To download the audio of the talk, click here Download 01202013 - Mp3