Gil Mildar
As the song says, a Latin American with no money in his pocket.

Balancing Act: Israel between Divine and Earthly

Here I am, wandering through the labyrinth of my thoughts, willingly ensnared by my reflections. Suddenly, a question pierces my musings: Could it be possible that among the audience at Bob Dylan’s 2011 concert in Israel were supporters of the prevailing far-right government? It’s a legitimate inquiry, isn’t it? I ponder… Can an individual, immersed in melodies of liberation, simultaneously advocate for ideologies that, paradoxically, reinforce the bonds they proclaim to shatter?

What a fascinating contradiction! A person, absorbed in tunes of revolt, simultaneously embracing restrictive and authoritative beliefs. It’s a sincere question! I speculate… Is there a possibility of finding common ground with our opponents, a realm where conflicting ideals coexist: visions of peace entangled with authoritarian beliefs?

Every day, my gaze is fixed on the evolving Israeli situation, observing allegations of corruption and aggression. The irony is that some see praises in the condemned aggression. I wonder, which facet of the indictment resembles the censured, transforming it into an endorsement of the atrocities we denounce?

Consider this: when confronted with a scene of political devastation, reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica, can an observer discern beauty in destruction rather than abhorrence? The aesthetics of politics, whether intentional or not, reveal an ideology, transcending the intention of the observer. It materializes unobtrusively, organically.

In the realm of authoritarianism, I discern an insatiable desire to dominate divergent beliefs. The ultimate triumph is an ideology that prevails. Without ideals that transcend right-wing extremism, even a message of freedom, if authoritarian, maintains an unsettling similarity to despotism. The benefits of democracy? They lie in unbridled humanity!

To elucidate, we transmit more than mere words; we relay our ideology. When our reflections resemble those of our adversaries, we unintentionally applaud them. The true antidote to tyranny is a touch of democratic kindness, a warmth that symbolizes democratic values

About the Author
As a Brazilian, Jewish, and humanist writer, I embody a rich cultural blend that influences my worldview and actions. Six years ago, I made the significant decision to move to Israel, a journey that not only connects me to my ancestral roots but also positions me as an active participant in an ongoing dialogue between the past, present, and future. My Latin American heritage and life in Israel have instilled a deep commitment to diversity, inclusion, and justice. Through my writing, I delve into themes of authoritarianism, memory, and resistance, aiming not just to reflect on history but to actively contribute to the shaping of a more just and equitable future. My work is an invitation for reflection and action, aspiring to advance human dignity above all.