Never Again

Did you happen to notice Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States?

Oh, you did, did you?

I’m kidding, of course — obviously you noticed the Pope visited. Everyone noticed. To say that the Pope’s visit to the US was highly anticipated would quite the understatement. To say that it wasn’t covered by every single news network at all times (and then some), would again be another understatement. To say that there weren’t thousands of emotional outbursts from adoring fans lining the streets, waiting for hours, days even, to have the Pope look in their direction or touch their hands, would be…well…you get the picture.

People were fired up! It was touching…if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’m not one of those people.

When I see thousands of people literally losing their shit over another human being, I get uncomfortable. And when I say losing their shit, I don’t mean getting excited over a celebrity, I mean that they are acting like they’re in the presence of a higher, supernatural power.

Pope Frank is just a man, people. He shits and pisses like the rest of us.

But no, we have to create icons out of men, to convince us that there are higher powers in the world; that we are not some meaningless beautiful random precious accident.

The whole thing makes me nauseous. We are so clearly not free-thinking rational beings: we are sheep who can be convinced and impassioned by just about anything. And that is fucking scary.

I bring this up with the unrest in Israel weighing on the mind.

I’m a non-practicing Jew who frankly hasn’t done the homework to have a debate about who is entitled to the land known as Israel. But that’s not important. What’s important is what to do going forward. Sometimes, part of me thinks that the Jews should just bounce. GTFO. Bail. They can come to America? Hell, have Arizona, and pretend it’s like Israel 2.o. Right?

No. Not after what happened less than 100 years ago, and not after what I saw with the Pope’s visit.

We are sheep who can be convinced and impassioned by anything. The Holocaust can happen again, in our backyard. And if you don’t think so, you’re naive.

Logic and free-thinking needs to be prioritized over everything. In the Middle East, the rights holder on those things seems to be Israel.


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