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

Join the Dream: Forge a New Social Covenant

In the land of Israel, where ancient promise meets enduring hope, I extend this earnest appeal for a new social covenant. Tired of violence and radicalization, with a commitment to peaceful coexistence, I navigate the diverse terrains of our society with a spirit strengthened by the resilient and enlightened ethos intrinsic to our nation. My belief is steadfast: there are communities of kindred spirits, individuals from every stratum of our society, who share a mutual desire for respect and unity and are ready to collaborate in crafting a harmonious future for our intertwined destinies.

This appeal is a call to every individual invested in our society, transcending political and ethnic divides. It underscores the indispensability of each voice in the formulation of this covenant; a covenant aimed at erecting a society anchored in mutual respect, shared values, and collective aspirations. However, this call might not resonate with radicals, as extremists do not represent the true spirit of this region. Dialogue seems unattainable with those who perceive coercive force as the arbiter of reason.

Acknowledging the richness of perspectives within our nation, I propose the inception of a new social covenant. This covenant, deeply ingrained in mutual respect and shared values, seeks to harmonize interactions across all sections of our society, committing to the well-being of all.

I envisage a society where every opinion, belief, and value is expressed freely and met with respect, creating a culture of tolerance and mutual respect. By focusing on our shared values and collective goals, we can lay the foundation for mutual understanding and progress, fostering an environment conducive to cooperation among diverse entities. The inclusion of every voice in our societal discourse is pivotal, cultivating a climate conducive to fairness and justice in our shared journey towards an equitable society. Safeguarding the rights and voices of minorities is paramount in this covenant, ensuring their equitable representation and participation in our collective evolution.

Let’s unite to inscribe a new chapter of unity and mutual respect, allowing the harmonious symphony of our shared destiny to reverberate through time. I hold an unwavering conviction that this aspiration is shared, and the time is ripe for us all to embrace our shared legacy and step forth into a future marked by peace, progress, and enduring unity, under the guiding principles of our new social covenant. In the poignant words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” I may be just one, but I believe I am not alone in this dream. May we all share in this collective dream, and may our united endeavors render it a living reality.

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.