Don’t Talk About It!

It is interesting to me that when I post articles here that are upbeat and positive, I get a lot of “likes” and comments. But when I post about subjects that are uncomfortable like gun control or politics I get very few comments and likes. I’m not pointing fingers of blame. I love my readers and always encourage people to be themselves, but it is a pattern I’ve noticed and the answer as to why delves into many areas. Plainly said, people don’t like to talk or think about uncomfortable subjects. As an unwritten rule many of us learned that you were never supposed to talk about religion and politics in public. Mostly I think, because people have strong opinions on those subjects and arguments are started by bringing them up. But if people do have strong opinions about subjects like that, why don’t they talk about them and voice those opinions? Because it’s uncomfortable.

And we don’t like to be uncomfortable. Because being uncomfortable is well, uncomfortable. We don’t like being seen as having any faults, or biases or prejudices. But the fact is, we do. We all do. This is not a popular thing to say and I’m probably not going to get many “likes” for this. My thought on this is, if we don’t talk about uncomfortable things, how do we ever get anything resolved? How do we solve our problems if we don’t talk about them. People spend millions every year telling their problems to therapists but not talking to their friends about them for free. Why do we do this? Maybe because we want to seem like we have it all together in front of our friends? We don’t want our faults and biases to show? We want to be cool and hip and yet we’re an emotional wreck behind the scenes. If we let our guard down, someone will get inside and see what we’re really like. And then what? People will really know us. That’s what.

We need to talk about uncomfortable things. Maybe not personal things but things like racism, bigotry, politics and religion. We need to talk about the pervasive gun culture. About brown people locked in cages. About Native American rights. About Palestine and Israel. About Fascism. We need to talk about these things because they are problems for us and the world, and they won’t resolve themselves. We have to somehow get over the uncomfortableness of talking about things by just doing it. Sticking your neck out, as is said, and talk. Get it out there how you feel. After the initial stickiness you may find others joining in. You may find a lot of people agree with you and then you have something important to talk about. Social media is a great platform that a lot of people use for superficial things. Not that that’s bad but it can be used for so much more. It’s actually easier to talk about uncomfortable subjects on line because you’re not face to face. But we need to do it. Now.


A Footnote Of History

Israeli wall 2
The wall and razor wire keeps them in
as it keeps the others out.
As kings of old, they trap
themselves inside,
their world becomes smaller.
Destruction they reign,
suffering they pledge.
1948, their rallying cry: We are!
Their death has been slow
they do not see.
Their determination to be, at
the expense of others
will choke them on their own blood.
Time. Time is the enemy.
As they slowly wither
the world watches. And waits.
The words are whispered, shouted.
Those who wish to destroy
will be destroyed.
Not by others,
but by their own hand.
Hate seeps into your veins
and becomes you.
They will not withstand it.
A footnote of history:
They were.

Right on JVP! We officially support the BDS call from Palestinian civil society!

Not all Jews support the Zionist occupation of Palestine!

Digging in with Jim

I am prouder than ever of Jewish Voice for Peace for taking the time we needed (Okay, it was a little late in coming by some measures, but not by others.) to come to a clearer, more definitive and full analysis of the situation, and the need to fully support the Palestinian civil society call for BDS. Great and powerful statement. The link only has the statement itself, issued on Friday. I am also including below, the public rationale for the change, which isn’t yet posted online but is officially part of the change.

Since the call includes the long overdue support for the right of return for Palestinians, it will be interesting to see on the balance how many Jews are further attracted to JVP’s integrity and honesty not to look away from or deny the severity of “our” responsibility for the problem and the incumbent responsibility we…

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A Poem For Gaza

Jagged metal falls from the sky
smoke and fear and death
a mothers love escapes into the air.
Six million Jews died
preparing the way for the
ones who followed to become
the ones who killed them.
They die over and over again.
The graves are empty their
souls are lost. They die
over and over again.
Running in the streets
sirens and screams
and laughter from the hilltop.
Laughter resounding around
the world. And we watch
and do laundry and buy
tickets for the game.
And we pay for their death
so happy we are safe and warm.
And the six million die again.
Voices of the dead call out
call out injustice asking is
this what we suffered for?
Is this what the gas chambers
meant? Is this what we have achieved?
Did we not die for you so
you could live? Was it
all for nothing?
Where is the day when
we all stand together?
Where is the day when laughter
is for everyone?
Jagged metal falls from the sky
and the six million die again.


My friend Bill sent me an email today. This is it: “According to activist Naz Hendrix of Cape Town, from 2000-2008 In Israel more people died from peanut allergies than Hamas rocket fire.” Now Israel tells the world that it needs it’s apartheid walls, razor wire, checkpoints and military guards around Palestine to protect itself from terrorist acts by Palestinians. And yet terrorizing Palestinians by shooting at them and killing children is okay? If Israel needs all this to protect itself against children how will they ever be safe around peanuts? I think it’s time that the world comes together and eradicates the peanut menace from Israel once and for all. I mean for god sake people, peanuts are worse than Palestinians? How did this escape Rupert Murdock’s NewsCorp? Where is Fox News?

Not only did Israel choose to make it’s country right in the middle of someone else’s country, and not understand why Palestine didn’t like that, but now they are being attacked from within Israel itself. By Peanuts! Who knew? Who knew that peanuts could be more deadly than Hamas rockets? What kind of defenses will Israel build to protect themselves from this new menace? Will there be a propaganda campaign? “Save yourselves from Nuts.” Or, “Peanuts are deadly to Israelis, shoot on site.” Or how about, “Forget the Palestinians, It’s the Nuts that will kill us.”

All kidding aside, if you are reading this post, take some time to really look at the situation in Palestine. Israel has controlled and occupied Palestine for more than sixty years. The people of Palestine just want to be free. They go without food, and electricity. They go without basic things that you and I take for granted because Israel controls everything that goes into or comes out of Palestine. This is not right and it needs to stop. People should not have to live this way and the U.S. government should not be supporting it. Our government gives Israel millions of taxpayer dollars everyday which is used to oppress the Palestinian people. The powerful political arm of Israel is the lobby called AIPAC. They coerce American politicians into supporting Israel by threatening to ruin them politically if they don’t. Israel holds the leash of American government. So how do we change things? Boycott Israel. Don’t buy Israeli goods. Lobby your congress in your state and the Feds to divest from Israel and stop supporting them militarily. Join groups, give money or protest. Every thing you can do helps, no matter how small. No people should have to live as prisoners in their own country. Ever. I know, Lets throw peanuts at them.