Caroline Glick has this video up today. It’s apt for Americans, especially those of us who stand with the Jews.
We all tend to look at life through the “I” filter. Thus the impact of any disaster is directly proportional to how far away it is from us and those we love.
So for Americans with strong ties to the tri-state are devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and especially for those who live right there in the center of that literally moldering aftermath, the total focus of time and energy and concern has narrowed to the mess all around them. The aftermath is indeed their center of gravity and will be so for a long time to come.
For our Sderot friends the focus is more severely mortal, more imminently disastrous and nerve-wrackingly random. Those living in the border towns across from Gaza learn to live from moment to moment. Or rather they attempt to do so. No one can live that way for long, wondering if today is it — the day they are blown off this mortal coil. The alternative is to numb out and get on with a daily routine that can be — and often is — interrupted by incoming death.
They have been much on my mind, these victims of the times in which they live. There are also many others in this wide world, similar others who are suffering simply because they exist at all. How dare they refuse to lie down and die for someone else’s convenience? How dare they continue an existence which is an affront to the haters?
Show me what you love and I have an inkling of who you are.
Show me what makes you angry and I know what you are.
Show me what drives you to spittle-flecked hatred and I know your underbelly, the raw ugliness that fuels the engines of your fears and nightmares.
I agree with Beck’s sentiments in that video clip: I stand with Israel. I stand with a people who made the desert bloom, who not only survive but transcend the unceasing hatred all around them.