Pointing the finger back at us

When we point a finger at someone else, three fingers are pointed back at us.

American government (pre-Trump) –
You focus a lot on how Israel treats Palestinians (my heart aches at how Palestinians are treated – not just by Israel, but by other Muslim and Arab countries, by other Palestinians, etc.)

How do you (/we) treat women, black people, Muslims (a minority population), Jews (hate crimes at an all-time high), LGBTQ-affiliated people (human beings who happen to love differently, but equally than “straight” people, and so many other marginalized (comes from the idea of the margin on the side of a page – not part of the story/narrative) populations? Even with a black president and a woman winning the popular vote…

I would much rather live in Israel and help to make it better than walk to work every day and see so many aches and pains. Homeless people, poverty, cruelty, disrespect. The system is broken. Politicians are too caught up in their egos and own aims (even if they started out with a “good heart and good intentions”) to get anything done.

But who am I to say these things? No one. Just a person who cares and wants to make a difference. Facebook makes it easy (often too easy) to share views. I should have posted it anonymously, but this connects this idea to me and I can defend it.

Even though Trump is a giant egotist, he’s not a politician. I wonder what he’ll do. I’m anxious about it, but will it work not to have a politician in our highest office? Reagan was an actor and he did alright (not close to perfect).

Plus Saturday Night Live is going to be AMAZING for the next four years. Let’s be real. SNL has been less than great since Amy and Tina left. And before that, the 80s and 90s were hilarious.

Back to business:
What is our foundational principle espoused in our Constitution and Bill of Rights?

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Lots of lives being lost (quantity and quality).
Lots of liberty being lost.
And let’s not even get started on happiness. Let’s take this as literal and look at our countrymen and women who suffer from depression and other hardships: they are not being helped. Cast aside into homelessness, jail, death, or a black hole.

Again, golden rule to a number of religions –

(Some version of) Treat (/love) others like you want to be treated/loved.

We’re doing a pretty awful job. Ghandi wasn’t just talking when he urged us to “be the change that we want to see in the world”.

Let’s actually make the world a better place.

Tikkun olam – not just about volunteer work (this is hugely important), but actually making changes. Instead of handing out meals at a soup kitchen for the hungry (deeply important and necessary), but actually making a change in order for them to not be hungry.

Fixing the world, not putting band-aids on it.

About the Author
Originally from Pittsburgh. Living in NYC. Organizing a Hebrew speaking Cafe Ivrit twice a month. Working in the Jewish non-profit world and advocating for Israel whenever possible.