I am perplexed.
While I am easily confused, it rarely rises to the level of perplexity.
In Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed, he describes perplexity as a state where you need a fundamentally new insight to get past your confusion.
So I am perplexed.
For many years people have told me that without promises of heaven and threats of hell, they would not engage in kind behaviors and instead do hateful things. I hope that they are wrong about that. That merely confuses me.
Today, I am being told that without fear of death, we would not engage in behaviors that were either worthwhile or joyful.
It’s not just that I don’t agree with and that I don’t understand their explanation, I think that I am fully unable to understand them. At least not without some fundamentally new insight.
Since I don’t want to criticize what I can’t understand, can someone kindly lend me a fundamentally new insight?