My teachers were more effective and nicer except for in one area
I was so lucky to learn from some of the greatest Souls of the previous century. Harvey Jackings, Marshall Rosenberg, and Reb Shlomo Carlebach.
Three differences between these illustrious three and me are: they built imperia, schools with countless followers, their ideas fill many books, and they were friendly, embracing everyone, and optimistic; I don’t. Why?
I’m sorry I’m not as successful as they were and that I can’t contribute as much as they did. (But my life is just starting, so let’s see what I still can do!) But I can’t ignore what I learned the hard way: four things that must be done that have no friendly substitute:
- Lies must be challenged; truth must be told. Too much fake news.
- Con artists must be cornered and neutralized. Otherwise, they kill.
- We must expose those who feign closeness to manipulate people.
- Democracy must be saved against people who use it to kill it.
And so, I’m not so nice, I don’t embrace everyone, and I’m mostly critical.
It’s much nicer to encourage people about love than warn them about hatred, to discuss truth than expose greed, lies, theft, and exploitation.
But I only carry in the bitter medicine Reality and Truth dictate us to take.
I apologize to my teachers. This dark corner of reality, you didn’t really look at too much. And maybe you were right. There was already so much negativity; someone had to bring the light. But the result was that liars and pretenders, fakers and flatterers, manipulators and self-centered fakes surrounded you, had free rein, and you almost never noticed. It also meant your followers were left inept there, where liars reign supreme: in politics.
Sometimes you briefly said something about these outliars (pun intended). Harvey, a Communist turned humanist therapist, did admit that a Russian dictator should not have political power. Reb Shlomo, a religious humanist happy hippy supporter of everyone, mocked a Jew for Jesus and angerly opposed giving away even one meter from our tiny Israel to non-Jews. Marshall stressed that non-violence means valuing needs, not being nice.
I ask for your encouragement for me to clean out the corners of your holy work. You did already most of what was needed, but now, we need to stop powerholics from ruining your legacies. These are only a small minority among your followers, but one rotten apple can spoil the whole lot.
Your zeal to save everyone stays a great principle, especially when people are set up against each other as never before. But, we also need to make temporary exceptions for people who parasitize on the naïve majority.
Thank you for your leadership. I hope that some of my work will strengthen and vindicate some of what you tried to accomplish.