Sources as ancient as the Talmud say that even if we know intellectually that a habit is wrong, we’ll often keep doing it. Why?
How good are we? And how can ritual help us become better?
As we discover more and more about the brain, will neuroscientific “explanations” about moral behavior become “excuses”? How “free” are we, and how would we even know?
Once we have set down a certain path, human nature makes it increasingly difficult to reverse course.
Physically going to your mosque, temple, church, or place of worship continually predicts a longer life. Why would this be the case?
If we want a shortcut to work for us, we need to put in the time.
If we act “as if” we were trying to improve who we are and how we behave, we actually do improve who we are and how we behave.