Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews
There are a lot of stories going on about what should happen here. Most of them are flawed. But instead of pointing out flaws, I’ll try to list what needs to happen and should guide us.
- We need leaders and politicians with integrity. No one said that peace in the Middle East is simple. Most people reason and bend the facts to suit their wishes. A dictatorship of subjectivity, wishful thinking.
- Hatred must go. If Jews’ hatred would be inborn in Arabs, as many want us to believe, why is so much effort put into brainwashing Palestinian and other Arab toddlers to hate Jews? The land is large enough. The only thing lacking is love (also in Jews who love Arabs more than Jews). Stop the indoctrination against Jews and everyone will be fond of Jews – but don’t hold your breath yet.
- Stinginess has to go. People only caring about themselves and “their own” is not generosity. (People only caring about the other, cherishing self-hatred, also do no good.) The idea of scarcity is artificial and fake. We must stop complaining about what we lack and start caring about what others need. There is plenty for everyone. There is no shortcut around that.
- Stop claiming that the long-term happiness of some depends on the sorrow of others. If all people have a good time, everyone has a good time. There are no intrinsic enemies. Everyone may flourish.
- It is absolute nonsense that people can’t change, improve. That’s a self-fulfilling prophecy based on untruth. No one is born evil and no one needs to go to the grave steeped in wickedness. All people have free will – or they would be intrinsically innocent and exempt from being sued. And therefore, it is reasonable to be hopeful.
- Stop pretending that just a few leaders must change and then we’ll have peace. A mass conversion to the above is needed. Without mass movement for change, all changes will only be cosmetic and dangerous.
- None of us is powerless. We can always do something to further the cause of peace. By challenging antisemitic, racist or otherwise oppressive talk, by making people laugh or cry (without insulting anyone), by talking about honesty and hope. It takes longer when you don’t get started.