Why is it So Hard to Be Good?

 
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We all want to be good -- better than we are. Then, why is it so hard? Dennis identifies the key challenges that hold us back. And offers practical solutions.

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Dennis' Reasons Why it is So Hard to Become a Better Person: Read the article here
  • Most people don't particularly want to be good
  • Confusion exists about what goodness is
  • Goodness is not about intentions
  • We don't learn how to be good
  • We think too highly of ourselves
  • We think we will be taken advantage of
  • There are few personal models
  • We don't believe that there are rewards for being good
  • We have to battle our nature
  • "I'm a victim"
  • Few people were raised to be good people
  • In our formative years, the least impressive are rewarded
  • We have psychological blocks


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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 19 Reviews
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Always great, 10.24.2011
Reviewer: Matthew Rice (Evansville, IN)

Dennis makes you want to be good with this sermon. I listen to him all of the time with Pragertopia, and this was still good.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Great Summary, 10.24.2011
Reviewer: Pam Bluemel (Port Orchard, WA)

My understanding of Scripture and life has been deeply enhanced in the past four years through Dennis' Torah studies, lectures and radio show. What I specifically liked about this talk was that Dennis clearly summarized the importance of goodness in our individual lives. Along with his column on the same topic, this will be a great resource for me to help young moms know why they must make teaching goodness to their children the highest priority.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ROSH audio ($5 deal), 10.22.2011
Reviewer: Michael Bernardo (Artesia, CA)

First of all, $5 was a great deal for such a valuable message. Audio level was good and as usual, delivered in a very easy to understand way that doesn't come across as too "religious" or preachy that I feel comfortable enough to share it with friends and colleagues. Thanks very much for the deal and the message. God bless.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 review Dennis, 10.22.2011
Reviewer: John Adkins (La Grange, TX)

Some very good points, for myself,I seem to be more capable if I ask God's help.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Qualifications, 10.22.2011
Reviewer: sid boldt (saint louis park, MN)

Excellent speech: Great and helpful distinction re: sexual sin(#2). Subordinated to a desire to be good, proper self esteem (#4)--or self acceptance--is very helpful, if not essential, to removing some psychological blocks (#14) while retaining healthy self doubt. Hitler: a very long purgation or total annihilation in hell (rather than eternal suffering) seems just.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Another great talk, 10.22.2011
Reviewer: Mark Vandroff (Bethesda, MD)

I was lucky enough to attend High Holidays with Dennis 3 years ago when he talked about the Torah as life's instruction book. As much as I loved that talk, this one is better. Filled with insight on human nature and how to battle it.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wisdom About Goodness, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Margaret Clements (Culver City, CA)

I am so thankful that I purchased this talk. Dennis' ideas are stated in a clear, concise manner and have provided me with a plethora of sound principles to follow. Again, thank you very much! Sincerely, Meg Clements

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A Devout Atheist Loves Dennis Prager, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Dave Leonhart (Carlsbad, CA)

I learn more from Dennis than I do from almost any other source. He makes you want to be a better person... and he's a hoot to boot!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Why is it so hard to be good?, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: LYNN CROCKER (AURORA, CO)

This was great - and I was able to listen to it in the midst of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur. It also reminded me that you guys haven't charged me for Pragertopia in a while. Is it free or did my cc expire on you? Thanks for the great work!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thumbs up, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (Lewisburg, PA)

Prager shows his sense of humor in talking about goodness. He talks about religion in an unpretentious way.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wise as always, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Joseph Boules (Yorba Linda, CA)

Mr. Prager goes throughly covers why is it hard to be good. His 13 or 14 points are very practical and conveniently summarized in one place. Very good talk.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perfect, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Amir Avni (Ramat Hasharon, NA)

Dennis covers all obstacles in the way of goodness in his inimitable way: crystal clear, deeply philosophical, very empathic yet firm and logical. If you want to be good but don't know how to do it, start by listening to this incredible talk!

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 why is it so hard to be good, 10.21.2011
Reviewer: Arthur Federizo (Lancaster, CA)

fantastic

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Excellent Talk, 10.20.2011
Reviewer: David Jesmer (Round Lake Beach, IL)

Dennis gives a clear and inspiring discourse on why goodness is such a difficult human achievement. By identifying the areas that make goodness so difficult, he provides some excellent thought-provoking ideas on how to fight ourselves and our natures to become more godly people who exhibit goodness in our lives.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Good like always..., 10.20.2011
Reviewer: Josh Waitz (Goodyear, AZ)

Prager's lectures are very good. It is a great way to hear him develop a concept all the way through without all of the time constraints of radio. This one in particular was great, in that it inspires one to overcome the challenges and strive to be good.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Listeners' Compass Pulled By Gravity of True Goodness, 10.20.2011
Reviewer: Adam Taylor (Brea, CA)

This truly is a lifetime's work of reflection, insight and wisdom. It is offered in succinct, practical fashion. The message is so clear and inoffensive that the listener is very likely to behave like a compass; inexorably moving in the direction of its design. Thank you, Dennis, for reminding us how important Goodness is, and for giving us more tools to work to behave in dynamic congruence with our desire to be Good AND Happy People.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Content is excellent, sound quality not so much., 10.20.2011
Reviewer: Shaun Fudge (Thousand Oaks, CA)

As always Dennis is worth the listen. I was disappointed in the sound quality. I also would have liked to know how long the recording was before I purchased it.

 

4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Excellent talk but poor production, 10.20.2011
Reviewer: Brian Hallin (Middleburg Hts, OH)

I enjoyed the content of the rosh hashanah sermon very much, but the production qualities left much to be desired. It sounded like a voice actuated recorder was used to make the recording. The difference in background sound/noise between the times when Dennis was actually speaking, and when he paused was very noticeable and distracting. After about 10-15 minutes it became less annoying as I got used to it, but it still detracted from Dennis' message.. I don't know if this type of recording is used with all his "on site" lectures, but if so, I would be much less likely to purchase them.

 

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 How-To-Guide for a Good Year, 10.20.2011
Reviewer: Jeff Berman (Newton, MA)

When people wish each other a good year, on January 1 or at Rosh Hashanah, they typically don't think of it as something for which they themselves are responsible. A good year is generally thought of as something that happens to you, or not. In this talk, Mr Prager outlines, in his usual clear and point-by-point style, what are the things that get in the way of us being good and in so doing what we can do to make for ourselves a year that we can look back on and say with some sense of accomplishment, "It was a good year."

 


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