Episode 2

The Fragility Of Goodness


October 20th, 2023

10 mins 3 secs

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About this Episode

Today's show is about the fragility of goodness. Committing to goodness often means opening your eyes and heart to the suffering of the world. It can be heartbreaking. How do we open up without being crushed or retreating into self-centeredness? Philosopher Martha Nussbaum explains how often we construct rational explanations to distance ourselves and create a “goodness without fragility.” Phillip Hallie in Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed was drawn into protective rationalization while researching Nazi atrocities. But settlement house pioneer Jane Addams dealt with this pain through action. I admire her, and try to face the pain of the world and, as consistently as I can, act to comfort and empower others. As Adler wrote, “Suffering is a passive state; the cure of suffering is action.”