Yesterday was not just another day on the resort – it was Shabbat. That brings us to a whole other topic, part of which was raised in the comments section by ‘Michael from the Great Plains’. To try and cover it all in a single not-too-long post:
Our religious upbringing and current lives – We approach religion somewhat differently, but end up in similar places. In a nutshell, we grew up in religious Jewish homes and enjoy our Jewish culture and heritage, but we are also critically thinking and reasonably well-adjusted people living in mainstream society. While we retain and enjoy many of the cultural and ritual practices of our upbringing, we search for truth primarily through the lens of science and believe that we can learn much from cultures outside of our own. Jay is more of a by-the-book scientist while Amy enjoys consciously allowing emotion to drive at times. We both feel a very strong connection to our community, and our religious community drives a large part of our religious practice.
To Michael – We appreciate your sensitivity around the issue of religion, but Jay doesn’t believe that religion deserves any more respect than, say, political opinions. Jay is fond of the HL Mencken quote, “We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.” Sometimes people who espouse ideas deserve sensitivity, but no idea should be exempt from critical review because of its nature. Every claim requires evidence, falsifiability, etc. – and things that make us feel good aren’t true because they make us feel good. The absolute worst thing you can say about a claim is that it is false. [Amy is more of a traditionalist and thinks that religion does merit a bit more respect. C’est la vie.]
On that note, our Shabbat! – We had a lovely kiddush and motzi (blessing over bread) together at dinner on Friday night. We ran our yoga (sans music) and astronomy programs as usual on Saturday, and were rewarded with a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Amy played a fantastic game of water volleyball and the evening clouds parted just long enough for Jay to run a night-time astronomy session at the upper and lower bars. A relaxing day.
Interesting people of the day – There were two couples who made the cut for today. One couple are pig farmers just outside of London, and the other are a waiter at the resort who this past week married a Canadian who he met on the resort one year ago. They came by to celebrate with the resort staff and guests!
Today we plan on visiting Rio San Juan, a nearby fishing village with a huge merengue festival that closes this evening. We’re going with some of the resort staff and are looking forward to a fun trip!
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