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The mechanism of choice – how is it that we can choose poorly?
Shiur #32 in Rav Aharon Kahn’s Hashkafah Series Based on Mishlei with Biur HaGra.
Content Description: More on “Kol haGadol mi-chavero, yitzro gadol himenu.” How does desire or ruach shtus make us “lose” our freedom of choice? Suspension of da’as allows negative emotions and powers to take over. Kuntres haBechirah of Rav Eliyohu Dessler: You can’t have two desires ‘in the driver’s seat’ at the same time. Therefore, if picked, the weaker or more foolish desire may rule, and after the decision is made, you may indeed be helpless. The choice is in your hands, and the moment before you choose, you control your destiny.
Citations: Michtav MiEliyohu 1st chelek , Kuntres HaBechirah, 1st chelek, 1st perek, found in the source packet on pages 1-6.