Saturday, September 24, 2011

Something Rotten in Israel

There are things going on in the Holy Land.

I haven't read a full article on it yet, but I know shit is tense. Palestine is pushing for statehood, I'm pretty sure Israel is not cool with that because a large part of Palestine's government representation also happens to be an avowed terrorist organization.

And there is a headline on Drudge that reads "Netanyahu: 'Theater of the Absurd...'" Now that is an intriguing headline. And part of me kind of wanted to click on it. But then I got to thinking...

Man, I've got a lot of crap going on in my life right now. I don't mean big, serious stuff, but just all of the stuff that one has going on. I've got a newborn, an 18-month-old, a job to think about, a blog to run, another book to write, quality time with my wife to consider, a strained relationship to God to cultivate, tennis to play--

Do I really need to know what's going on in Israel?

I mean, I want to know. I'm interested in international politics. At least I am, you know, when they're interesting. I care about Israel, I'm a supporter of the state, and I also care about fairness and justice, so I want to read about it and make sure everything is on the up and up or see if I need to adjust my opinion or stance on the various issues surrounding the debacle.

But that's all I have, isn't it? I have an "opinion" about Israel. If that's all I have, then these are the things I don't have in relation to Israel: a say in what goes on, a personal stake in the outcome of whatever may transpire, influence with players and decision makers.

So how is a well groomed opinion on Israel helping anyone? What purpose is it serving? I treat news like others treat soap operas, sports, the lives of celebrities--it's entertainment. It's something to talk about with other people. Sure, they're weighty issues that matter in the real world, but in reality I have zilch to do with them. Israel/Palestine matter--my opinion on the matter doesn't even equate to a loud fart in a hurricane. So why waste my time?

I shouldn't. But for some jacked up reason we're willing to settle for lesser things that are easy, instead of greater things that are harder.

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