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June 11, 2017
“I have had enough.” – Golda Meir
Every so often, I reach this point. I doubt I will ever have the same reasons as Ms. Meir (of blessed memory), but, as my family can tell you, even my patience has limits. I reached that limit a little over two weeks ago, as The CPF ended and a series of events that disgusted me with my fellow human beings rose like feces to the top of the community pool.
I have had enough of lies. Not only from our (questionably) elected representatives, but from people who find it easier to say what they believe I want to hear and proceed to do the opposite. I get it that our Congress has no official interest in anyone’s health and well-being other than their own. I get it that life gets in the way of promise-keeping. We all have barriers to keeping every single promise we make to others and ourselves. However, I also know that barriers become excuses and excuses become lies. Because we allow them to do it. It is our decision to make changes in place of excuses and to call out lies that are told us by those who make a habit of lying. As I told my children and all my students over the years, only cowards lie.
I have had enough of media speculation. The brainless frenzy the 24-hour news cycle created over Congressional hearings amounted to nothing more than “it could be this” or “he could say that,” while, and at the same time, bills sailed along the sewers of Congress to de-regulate predatory banking. G-d alone knows what else they got away with, because not many of the major outlets covered anything but the speculation before, the text of the hearings during and the response afterwards. I get it that the news folks have to maintain their jobs. I get it that we Americans are an insecure audience who say we love a mystery, but what we really love is knowing the improbable (and barely believable) solution before anyone else. Because it feels good, makes us feel smart. Early warnings and speculation have their place – in weather reports. It’s always good to know if and when a catastrophic storm may hit our homes. But in politics? In (so-called) government? I think we’d profit by more ego-swallowing and less “breaking news.”
I have had enough of back-biting and in-fighting. Someone (anyone) who up to now has been a voice of reason and insight chooses a wrong word, an inaccurate statement, or somehow shows s/he is human and screws up, and Social Media goes wild, demanding this person go away and never be heard from again. Trust built up over years is suddenly dust to be blown away on the winds of public opinion. I get it that some racial or ethnic slurs belong to the race or ethnicity they describe. I’ve had the dual “gift” of being called a dirty, Jewish bitch by a Holocaust denier, and, because I am also a convert, being accused of handing Herr Schicklgruber the final victory because I dilute the Jewish race. I get it. I get that words matter. I also get that I am a dumpy old Jewish woman who may never fully “get” the experiences and history of my fellow citizens who happen to think, look and speak differently. But I try, as do we all. Racial and ethnic insults are clear enough indicators of sheer ignorance, and where that ignorance is willful, I call it evil. However, folks, when it is someone fighting beside us, we need to take steps back, take the person aside and find out why and what happened. And we must remember – the enemy should not be us. The “enemy” is the ideas that separate us and make us hate each other.
I have had enough people equating intelligence and success in life by bank balances. Rich people = smart people. Has to be. Rich = success in life and living. Must be. It’s in all the papers, all over the television and positively saturating Social Media.
Yeah. About that. It’s a canard told by those who keep the gates to both closed tightly. It is a lie, too often told, and, sadly, too often believed by the self-loathing and the myopic. I get it. I see the psychology of the façade. But it is a façade. Anyone who truly, intrinsically and at the cellular level believes this lie, is propagating a second lie.