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Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, by Bruce Chilton

By Bruce Chilton

When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he certain his son and positioned him on
the altar on most sensible of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The e-book of Genesis

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Nicht ein kluges Buch mit Lebensregeln oder ein heiliges Symbol, nein, einen Schatz. Wie reich, wie wertvoll, das wird nicht erzählt, aber der Mann verkauft alles, was er hat, um diesen Schatz zu besitzen. Hier bleibt Raum für die Reichtumsfantasien seiner Zuhörer. Oder: Jesus verwandelt Wasser in Wein, und zwar nicht nur in einen offensichtlich sehr guten, sondern auch eine ganze Menge davon. Es wird genau beschrieben: Sechs große Wasserkrüge mit zwei bis drei Maß à 40 Liter, das sind mindestens 500 Liter Wein.

Wenn ich das vor Publikum in einem Saal oder in einer Talkshow täte, würde ich immer wieder Beifall bekommen. Wir Menschen sind wahre Virtuosen im Empfinden von Mangel, dem großen Gegenspieler des Luxus. Was immer wir auch können, was immer wir besitzen und erreicht haben - stets gibt es eine riesige, unermüdlich nachwachsende Menge von Dingen, die wir nicht können, Fähigkeiten, die wir nicht besitzen, und Zielen, die wir noch nicht erreicht haben. Stets wissen wir, was fehlt, was zu verbessern wäre.

Das bedeutet beispielsweise, auch dem Wetter zu erlauben, nicht immer heiter sein zu müssen. Wir verdanken große Taten und Einsichten der Kultur der simplen Tatsache, dass wir in einem Teil der Erde leben, in dem es nicht immer warm und sonnig ist. Dem Unglücklichsein ein Ja zum Leben abzugewinnen, ist die vierte Art von Glück. Dies ist eine wichtige Korrektur gegenüber der in unserer Gesellschaft manchmal anzutreffenden Diktatur des Glücks. Glück und Luxus Es ist nicht leicht, Wörter zu finden, die diesen großen Reichtum an Bedeutungen sicher herüberbringen.

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