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Explaining Humans to Martians

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro answers questions and offers advice to S&H readers. “Imagine you are sent as an emissary to Mars. What five things would you want Martians to know about us humans? How would you answer this?”

My husband heard this on an office Zoom call: Imagine you are sent as an emissary to Mars. What five things would you want Martians to know about us humans? How would you answer this? Rabbi Rami: I would share with them the following: 1) Humans are motivated more by flags than facts. 2) Humans fear other humans who don’t look, think, believe, or act like them. 3) Humans prefer security to freedom and will surrender themselves to any strong leader (usually male) who promises to protect them. 4) Humans can be incredibly kind and compassionate and just as incredibly cruel and corrupt. 5) Humans are very good at killing other humans; just imagine what they will do to Martians. A friend insists the opposite of spirituality is religion; I say it is science. Who is right? Neither. The opposite of spirituality is pornography. Spirituality honors people. Pornography objectifies them. Spirituality is erotic. Pornography is dull. Spirituality is ecstatic. Pornography is boring. Spirituality is passionate. Pornography is apathetic. Spirituality awakens the entire body. Pornography reduces the body t …

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has...

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