“You know as well as I do that one of the principal causes of boredom is the narrowness of our fate. Every morning we awaken the same as we were on the eve, to be eternally the same is unbearable for refined spirits. These spirits refined by reflection. To step outside of oneself is one of the most intelligent dreams a man can have.” — Michel de Montaigne
In our times, the contemplation of the enduring condition of conflict enveloping the land of Israel elicits reflections on the unalterable nature of human destiny. Is humanity, day after day, doomed to awaken in the same skin in which it slept, a prisoner of an eternity of authenticity?
The monotony of existence is often a burden to the more reflective souls who yearn for transcendence and transformation. The aspiration to surpass one’s being, to break free from the chains of the habitual and the predictable, is one of the highest manifestations of human intelligence.
In the region of Israel, the pursuit of transcendence is an unavoidable necessity, given the backdrop of antagonisms and disagreements that seem to form the fabric of its inhabitants’ fate. Thinking souls, those refined through reflection and discernment, must incessantly question the possibilities of breaking with the eternal present of conflicts and of building a new reality.
The narrowness of fate, in this context, is not just a matter of existential monotony but also a prison of repeated disputes and hostilities. For the refined spirits of this land, the constant search for new understandings, new perspectives, and the longed-for peace is a journey of self-liberation and collective reality reinvention.
The possibility of a new dawn, where each individual awakens no longer confined to the being of yesterday but renewed and transformed, is the lucid dream of those who see beyond the shadows of the present and long for the light of a harmonious future.
This is the challenge imposed on the elevated spirits of Israel: to transcend the seemingly unalterable destiny and build a future of reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.