the media is awash and in an uproar, the ancient city of Jerusalem once again has thousands of years of hatred anger that has been passed down from generation to generation poised to have a “day of rage.” truth be told, the mess in the middle east is a daily day of anger rage between people having moments of living life together in the same city while having vastly different political and religious ideas.
is it me, or is the day of rage seeming to become some organized official letting off of anger and steam, with potentially deadly consequences for people, Jerusalem, and the globe?
Einstein said the meaning of insanity is trying the same thing and expecting a different result to a problem.
the problem in Israel has been going on for thousands of years. isn’t that enough time for people to realize everyone is a human being? and that we all probably are gods people when you take away the “chosen” idea that one group is somehow better, more religious, and/or righteous than the other. or does the idea of mutually assured destruction somehow appeal to the delusion that in the cosmic reality if trillions of stars and billions of galaxies…somehow human beings are a supreme being.
ok, in our own minds I can see how our pride, ego and arrogance can think that, but what event would actually get the planet to stop for a second and go, “hey, how is living in hate, anger, and fear really good for people, aside from monetizing tools and industries built on distrust, spying, weapons and bundled under the moniker of security?”
if you step back, it is pretty easy to see how sad the situation is if you consider how in a few thousand years we haven’t really changed all that much, and continue to have a seeming floating “day of rage” event.
who comes up with the names? the media? the political people organizing events that go against whatever opinion of view is theirs? how does this all really happen? are people sitting around in a meeting room with some coffee and tea:
“hey bob, political group x, just did this. what should we do?”
“as a religious group appointed by god himself, we can’t allow that…we need to smite them”
“good idea, what shall we do?”
“how about we tell our groups a form of the truth to illicit emotional responses cloaked in a tiny shred of truth?”
“great idea! but won’t the people see what we are doing?”
“not a chance, once you get people worked up and angry, you can give them all the facts in the world and no one will believe them.”
“so we get our people angry, their people get angry, and it will make great photo ops for the news media! if we play our cards right, a few people will perish and we will give them the title of “martyr” and we can keep this going indefinitely.”
“we can sell lots of merchandise no? what about setting up food stands and beverage carts?”
“great idea! we can use the profits from that to buy more tear gas masks, throwing stones and fashion designer “rage-wear!” for people thousands of miles away to wear as some vanity based political statement for the “cause.”
“won’t the people figure out what we are doing?”
“not really, with the attention span of the internet, we can replay the same story over and over and they will think it is new.”
“you mean like a modern day media Alzheimer’s?”
“exactly…we can keep this idea of rage alive and well forever. our children’s children will have job security!”
“wow, is god great or what?”
“Yeah, I am glad he likes us better than them!”
"brilliant! we can blame God!"
"you think they are dumb enough to believe that? i mean...we could solve this."
"but how would we keep making money and keep ourselves in power?"
"you have a good point...ok...we blame god.." (insert sarcasm)
and while I type this sarcasm up, I wonder if the truth isn’t too far from this bizarre reality. are we that blind? or as my friend this morning that has seen the reality of the world said, “well I don’t agree with nation-states conducting assassinations in other countries, the reality is it has always been, “he who shoots first – wins.”
what is sad, is that God himself could come down and hover over the city of Jerusalem, levitate with a few billion angels, do a zillion miracles, ask the combatants…” what do you want?”
upon giving the miracle of what each side wanted and having it work in a way in a solution that would allow it to happen, God would then ask, “do you want to be whole and healed? all you have to do is forgive each other?"
(insert sound of crickets chirping)
I wager people would be so blinded by anger and hatred…that even god might not be able to melt it off and warm their hearts with love. they would be too busy planning the next “rage day” to notice, no?
you can make love habitual, just as you can keep anger and rage as a habit too. it is a choice for how we wish to use and embrace each. I do believe man can change for the better, but it appears there is the habit of hating anything different versus taking the time to change oneself into trying to live the golden rule in treating your fellow man the way you wish to be treated.
it appears after years of animosity and hatred, each side is waiting for the other to change first, while both hold a great deal of poison inside their own hearts that would simply be easier to let go of – and live a from a happy heart within.