JUDAISM

Pretty much the entire history of the Jewish people has been one of struggle and suffering, culminating in the Holocaust, and the ongoing struggle for survival of the State of Israel.

Now, I’m not suggesting that it has been all sunshine and roses, but unless Jewish people let go of this story of their past – of this endless struggling and suffering – it may well define their future too. History has an annoying habit of repeating itself.

This is the way the past works: It is over. You can’t change it. Move on.

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Some of the funniest people you find are Jewish. “Well, if you look at all the stuff that’s happened to us, we have to be …” Which is fine. Except, this might just be perpetuating the whole misery and suffering schtick.

That is the trouble with self-deprecating humour. You have to keep on putting yourself down to stop others from doing so. You ain’t never gonna escape this predicament until you stop concerning yourselves with how others think and feel about you.

Let them put us down, God damn it. Let them put us down …

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And it goes both ways, with this whole, “Look at us, ain’t we special?” attitude.

Oh yes, the one about the Jews being the chosen people …

Personally speaking, I think that we are all chosen. And that this transcends race, nationality, religion and anything else. To suggest otherwise is just the collective ego being egotistical collectively. “Look at us, aren’t we special … See that book (that we wrote)? It says so, so it must be true …”

If you are a victim of life, of circumstance, of other people, you can say that you are one of the chosen people all you want. And you are still a victim.

And, whichever way you look at it, being a victim sucks.

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The irony is this: in perpetuating atrocities against the Palestinians, many Israelis are still playing the victim card.

Give it up. It is not who you are.

No! No! No!

It is NOT who you are!

And, no matter all the shit that has happened to you over the last few thousand years, that doesn’t justify you doing the exact same thing to some other poor buggers.

Stop spreading your misery. Stop spreading your suffering. Give it up.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

Published in: on March 16, 2008 at 11:36 pm  Leave a Comment