This is the first personal post I made. I think I’m going to make a habit out of it. I don’t really like company blogs. I don’t read them. I’m kind of tired of doing things I don’t like. That’s not why I started my own company. It wasn’t about money either. It is about me wanting to do something of meaning. The only known skill I have is building interactive things. I’m going off on a tangent here. This isn’t the topic of my first personal blog post, in my company blog (Sorry i know I’m breaking all rules of boring corp blogs).
I’m Jewish. And no, I don’t control the media. If I did, I wouldn’t be here today. I always wanted to be a late night host of a radio show. Where I could of just chatted with random strangers about their problems, and my problems. Maybe connect – what a random dream but yet I’m drifting. Tomorrow is the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day. Since I was very young I was obsessed with the Holocaust. Mainly with Hitler, the German people, and people of the world of that period. As a kid I was mad at the world. Many times scared of it as well. Growing up in the streets of Jerusalem I was reaffirmed many times that the world doesn’t like us Jews. That for some odd reason every rock turned in Israel turned to be world news no matter how minimal. Inbetween terror attacks in my childhood streets of Jerusalem from the Gulf War, I remember vividly the terror I had of missiles falling from the sky and killing my family. In later years when buses would blow up. And even today I’m just too afraid to walk in large crowds. I avoid them – probably why I hate walking through Times Square in New York City. I just don’t like being near a lot of people in public places.
When I moved to New York I was really surprised at how people box everyone into “categories”. The more I got to know people – and the more they got comfortable with me – the more I realized that every group tends to point at another group. It is like a game of hate. When your part of one group your almost automatically hating another group. Behind closed doors, or in open. In this day and age it is not easy to see hate. It’s hidden among the PC [Politically Correct] way of talking and interacting with others – a façade. Too many times in the few years I’ve been here I met white people that think black people are less worthy. Black people that hate white people. People that hate Jews. People that are anti gay. Jews that are anti gay. Gays that are anti religion. Religion that is anti-humanity and so on…
I’ve experienced in my short life many reactions to the fact that I’m Jewish. From fear of me because I’m part of the group the that owns the world. To loving me without any merit just because I’m Jewish. To not wanting to associate with me because I’m Jewish – its the not a majority but its there:
“Lets not go for him, he sounds like he is gay”
“I wish all gay people would be killed”
“I never talked with a white person before. Your the first white person I ever talked with”
“I hate Jews. your not Jewish you’re ok”
… and the list really can go on for a very long amount of time …
The more I matured, the more I understood that the Jewish people are just an easy target. Because they are a small group of people. It”s easy to unite against the Jew. I can go into a long history lesson of why that is. The one that stands out is that the only way hate happens is when we hide the light. I’ve never expected anyone to love or hate me just for my genetics or my background. I know we all tend to box people. It’s in our nature. That isn’t racism. To be aware of a race is part of the most basic human nature. To ignore it, is to ignore that we are human. It is about what you do with it.
“One day when I was teaching an SS soldier came and demanded to take away the handicapped children to be killed. I didn’t object and let him take them.
A few weeks went by and the SS Officer demanded all Jewish children to be taken I didn’t object.
A few more weeks pass and the SS Officer was back for the gays.
Then the gypsies.
Then the children of parents that didn’t support the Nazi government.
Then the Officer came to take me – but no one was left to stand up and stop them”.
You don’t need to love others to help others. You don’t need to live the same values/morals as others to understand that if you don’t help others one day no one will be there to help you. There are still many groups in the world that are being victimized even here in the USA. It is still ok to mistreat gay people. You don’t need to be PC about it. You can say “God hates fags”. You can protect a law that denies gay people from marriage, creating laws that make it impossible for gay people to have a real healthy ecosystem.
I think we live in a world today that has so much opportunity to become a world of good. A world of humanity or as Charlie Chaplin once said long ago :
“The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.
The first thing God ever says according to the Bible is that a large portion of the world looks up to: “And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.” The Bible doesn’t start the story of the creation of the world with a powerful God. It starts with a story of a God that said let there be light. It’s not our role in this world to create darkness. It’s not our role in this world to be the leaders of a revolution but if you see a light being blocked will you sit back and not undo it? Will you live by the words of God and let there be light?
Let there be light.