Oh, wait, I am already at one--a higher education institution ;)
A joy in reading is that wonderful nuggets appear from nowhere. The serendipity is awesome. BTW, did you know that the word serendipity has its origins in modern day Sri Lanka?
It started with a link to an interview with Steven Pinker. I have plenty of references to Pinker and his work--like in this one. So, of course, I had to read it.
It was not a serious intellectual interview, but more along the lines of getting to know a celebrity. Well, the intellectual that Pinker is, the replies are not anywhere like what you might hear on the current president's old reality show (as opposed to the current show in which he stars and tweets.)
One question that Pinker was asked is this:
What is your favourite saying?Go ahead. Give it a thought. What is your favorite?
I am drawing a blank. I don't have any profound words to offer.
But, Pinker is no schmuck. The guy offers this:
From the 1st century BC Rabbi Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?”What a profound one, right? What the hell am I, indeed!
Naturally, I wanted to know more about Rabbi Hillel. Which is when I came across this:
A man asked Rabbi Hillel to teach him the entire Torah, the five books of Moses, while standing on one foot. And Hillel did. What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That's the whole Torah, he said. All the rest is commentary. Now go and study.What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.
If only a rabbi would explain this to the current president and his adopted political party! For that matter, if only a rabbi would explain this to the prime minister of Israel who is visiting with the president--two birds in one stone!