The Search For Honor

On his radio show today, Dennis Prager said: “My heart sank when I heard about the suicide of Bernard Madoff’s son. He hung himself in his home while his two-year old slept in the next room. I was thinking of the mother. What does she think? Could she have imagined a nightmare like this? And what drove him to it? There were criminal proceedings against him. It was the sons who reported the father.”

I felt a sense of justice when I heard the news. I felt like the sons must’ve known their father was bilking people.

Dennis: “Life is an obstacle course. To get from the beginning to the end successfully, you have to navigate. Those obstacles, such as the seven deadly sins, are built into human nature.

“This family was the victim of two things. What Bernard Madoff wanted more than wealth was honor. He wanted to mingle with big people. He wanted to live the life of an important person. When he walked into a room, he wanted people to go, oh, looks who’s here.

“The desire for fame and to be seen and to be with the important people is today greater than greed. Kids today want fame more than money.”


Monday, December 13, 2010 Radio Show
H1: Terror in Sweden
Prager H1: A Muslim immigrant blew himself up in Stockholm in failed attempt to murder as many Swedes as possible. He had lived in Sweden for more than half his life. What kind of the theology would compel him to want to kill and maim his adopted countrymen? … Bernard Madoff’s son, Mark, committed suicide. This is a Greek tragedy playing out before our eyes… The “science” behind the famous movie, “Erin Brokovich” turns out to be a fraud.

Monday, December 13, 2010 Radio Show
H2: The People v. Public Service Unions
Prager H2: Minnesota Governor and possible presidential candidate, Tim Pawlenty, writes a powerful piece in the Wall Street Journal describing how the public service unions are wreaking havoc on state and federal budgets… Dennis talks to Rabbi Naomi Levy. Her compelling new book is Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living.

Monday, December 13, 2010 Radio Show
H3: Different Worlds
Prager H3: The NY Times writes yet another editorial opposing capital punishment. This time they rely on retired Justice John Stevens to back up their arguments. But Stevens’ arguments, for all the certainty with which he makes them, are also unconvincing. The Left and Right live in different worlds on this issue… BBC Radio plans a full day of uninterrupted reading of the King James Bible to celebrate the 400th year of its publication. Naturally, the secular crowd is very upset.

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