26 thoughts on “Always… us, or: Them”

  1. my heart aches all the way through your poem and the comments, David. Be safe and well. And may you always find the right form for what you need to say.

  2. Yes. Shalom.
    “there are complicated political and sociological forces at work in all the relevant societies, and none of those societies are monolithic”
    trouble is a rocket bomb is terribly monolithic
    I watch the video from rioting on the temple mount and
    come close to
    weeping
    then
    n o w
    .
    😦
    .

    1. Danial, I went up there once, years ago, with a guide to see it for myself, but I have no desire to go there again. And, honestly, I have no interest in man’s building of a third Temple. There are traditional Jewish text sources that suggest that God will build it himself – and that, if it ever comes to pass, is good enough for me.


      David

  3. Conflicts persist because we are humans and we have yet as a species come to the realization that it is in our own best interests to compromise and seek peace… Love the lanturnes!

    1. James, I was definitely aiming for kindness, but the bravery (if there was any) came naturally – my family and I are not in any danger, given where we are located in Jerusalem.

      Thank you ❤
      David

  4. ‘Also, perhaps even more importantly, the respective leaderships of those various societies often do not have their own people’s best interests at heart.’ I think you’ve hit on the crux of the problem here David. Wishing you well.

    1. Thanks, TPS. The truth is – we’re fine, and we’re almost certainly not in danger where we are. Also, this particular flare up is most likely going to be short-lived. But I cannot ignore my own [increasing?] desensitization to death and war.

      1. Dear David, It’s us or them. I know the world would rather it us – I hope you don’t mind me including myself in ‘us’, but fuck it, I don’t feel like rolling over and dying, and I sure as shit don’t want to see my brothers and sisters in Israel suffer. Don’t be tough on yourself. Survive.

        1. Thanks, TPS.

          The thing is, from my perspective, that it’s more nuanced than “us” and “them” – there are complicated political and sociological forces at work in all the relevant societies, and none of those societies are monolithic. Also, perhaps even more importantly, the respective leaderships of those various societies often do not have their own people’s best interests at heart.

          1. I was always a somewhat black and white creature, good thing cooler heads prevail. This is why we don’t let me be in charge of anything.. Just glad you are safe. Stay nice!

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