Very liberal minds might say: “I’m not obligated to care about everyone. I’m free whom I love or not.” That might be but you’ll pay for the results.
Millions spent their free time (and sometimes work hours) spreading their hatred over the Internet. It’s only words, who cares? All kinds of lies and nonsense, from conspiracy to a flat earth theory, spread like wildfire. No one cared. Until the fabrications elected a race-baiter to the White House.
The West never cared that over a billion Chinese live without democracy. Their totalitarian leaders commit genocide, but it’s not on us. And they violate copyright laws and trade agreements. Ah, it gets less nice for us. And they just teamed up with Iran. That sounds dangerous. They seek world domination. Now, that gets uncomfortable. And they don’t reduce climate pollution enough. Now it starts hindering everyone’s survival. And they hid the beginning of a pandemic. Killing hundreds of millions.
The West never cared too much Israel was fighting hatred for Jews. Then, in the civil war in Syria, almost all parties were antisemitic so none of them could be supported. The civil war made life in Syria impossible for all and millions fled to Europe. Now it needs to deal with this Jews-hatred.
The West never cared too much about generations of Africans starving. So now, they have started to move up North. Now it’s Europe’s problem too.
The West never cared Iran had cruel junta rulers. It’s their problem. Then, Iran became the world champion in spreading terrorism. That’s less nice. Then, they began to seek nuclear weapons. Now, maybe all should care.
The West never cared that two million in Gaza live under a cruel junta. It’s their problem and that of Israel. But when Israel refuses to be mass-murdered, Antisemites around the world begin to protest. So many active neo-Nazis aren’t so good (looking) in a democracy. It helps Aliyah, though.
In Israel, anti-Zionists are ignored by the majority. It’s their lives, who cares? The Ultra-Orthodox didn’t learn math or biology. Muslims live in their own cities. All their problem. Then, came a pandemic that needed us to follow doctors’ orders. They never trusted science or the State, ignoring recommendations. It killed thousands and paralyzed the economy for all.
In Israel, much gang violence plagued Muslim villages. Many Muslims carried centuries of hatred for Jews. In some Jewish circles, hatred for Muslims and Gentiles in general became popular. Haters of Muslims or Jews are even allowed to sit in the Knesset. No one cared too much. It’s ‘them.’ Now, some of the most militant have begun to seek to murder random others. That’s not so good. But, caring about it comes a bit late.
The Law of Return accepted a sizable number of relatively poor immigrants who are not (necessarily) Jewish. Although they chose Israel, and often served in the IDF, they can’t integrate. A giant problem in the making. Will we only start really looking for solutions when all hell has broken loose?
Some of the most spiritual people live in secular neighborhoods and some of the most generous people live in religious communities, but, both, in general, need a serious update in their Jewish respectively humanistic outlook. Will we only begin to teach each other when a civil war arrived?
Morality teaches we should already care before it becomes ‘our’ problem.