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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

It's The End Of The World As We Know It

McAryeh’s recent post highlights some of the events of the last week or so that have rocked the United States to its core. There was the Amish country slayings, the woman who attacked her boyfriend using her infant child as a weapon. The Somali man who killed his family. The woman who cut a fetus out of another woman.

It has gotten to the point where I make it a point not to watch the evening news. It’s too depressing. Who can stomach fifteen straight minutes of sadness followed by a smiling weather man? If I want to be depressed this much, I will simply watch an episode of ER.

McAryeh sets forth that these travesties (for lack of any appropriate word) are made so much worse because they happened to children – the fact that such violence could be perpetrated against children (in Amish country no less) is proof positive that there are no safe places left in the world.

I could not agree more. The world is in deed “coming off the rails” and it is spinning towards some conclusion that we cannot yet really foresee. What can possibly be safe when North Korea is defying the world and testing nuclear devices - all while openly proclaiming its hatred for the west? Where can Israel possibly hide when a madman in Iraq is racing towards nuclear capabilities, hell bent on wiping Jews off the map?

Safety? It’s an illusion. There are no safe places left. The mall? Suicide bomber. America? September 11. Europe? Not if you are Jewish. Israel?

So what does it all mean? It seems to me that the world goes through cycles where it seems there is more violence or an abundance of peace. It depends on the cycle. We are in a cycle of violence right now. There is genocide in Darfur. There are unprecedented homicides in America – including a string of school shootings. The nuclear arms race has once again heated up, this time led my madmen who would employ these weapons as a strike first duck later option as opposed to using them as a deterrent.

But safety? An illusion. We can live for many years in a false sense of security, only to have it shattered one day. This is, in fact, how we live. We pretend. We go about our business, not oblivious to the threats around us, but intentionally ignorant of them. Why sweat what we cannot control? The world will either go on or tear itself to pieces. We can’t change that.

The first day of Succos we read the Haftorah discussing the battle of Gog and Magog – the ultimate battle to end all battles where it seems as though the world is going to end. The navi talks of the hilltops of Israel flattened into a plain – the very topography of the country changing. There are weapons in existence today that can do these things.

Safety? An illusion.

2 Comments:

  • Agreed, safety is an illusion. But it's a necessary one for the world to keep on turning. Because as J Nicholson said, you cant handle the truth, and neither can most people. People believe what they have to in order to keep on living. Heck, Marx thought that religion was an illusion, an opiate of the masses. Point being, the need for a steady, calm existence drives humans to embrace belief systems whether they are true or not.
    Of course, truth may also be an illusion...
    on a side note, you have quotes without attributions-'The world is in deed “coming off the rails”'-
    I'm guessing- Ozzie?

    By Anonymous Lana, at 10:51 PM  

  • Welcome Lana and thanks for playing.

    The quotes were from McAryeh's piece that I continued his idea here.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:28 AM  

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