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Hate And Indifference Common Around World

October 8th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Hate And Indifference Common Around World

By Rabbi Dr. Irwin Wiener

Guest Writer

The history of hate extends beyond our understanding of time and space.

From Cain killing Abel to the present day, we have learned nothing about controlling the impulses to hate and destroy that which we hate. It is a disease that festers and grows because we allow it to flourish.

Humankind was built with many abilities, some good and some, of course, bad. The desire to control the bad is, most often, lost in the realm of everyday living and survival.

The Civil War that was fought was a loss, not a gain. We may have overcome, momentarily, the bigotry that formed the basis for the bloodiest conflict in our history, but we certainly lost the battle that was fought for goodness and righteousness.

Our collective souls were lost on the battlefields never to be restored, and linger to this very day.

Today, we are witnessing the most virulent display of hate and bigotry in our country’s history. World War II was fought because evil controlled the minds of so-called civilized people.

Millions upon millions of people were murdered in the name of hate. Millions more were displaced, never to find their way back to their roots. New societies were formed with the intent of starting a new era of peace and tranquility.

Our temples of academia spread discontent. The media thrives on the sensationalism of the fright associated with hate. Religious authorities try, on the most part, to control the savagery, only to find their influence slipping away. The reports of humanities’ efforts to achieve survival for all are lost in the atrocities occurring every day, visible from our easy chairs.

It is difficult to find stories of technological contributions for the betterment of humanity. The stories of selfless efforts to feed the hungry and house the homeless or attempts at achieving peace are difficult to find as well.

Age-old distortions are prevalent. Every time we seem to make progress in creating an atmosphere of connection, there seem to be many more episodes of discontent.

Now the world that is supposed to be more in tune, more intelligent, more responsible, more educated has not changed anything except time and place.

The flagrant display of hostility is not because of one person, or some people, but rather because the disenfranchised now find their moment in the sun and are not afraid to display their anger and frustration. For these reasons and more, it is so frightening.

Anti-Semitism, for example, now wears a badge of respectability as it gains acceptance and is encouraged and tolerated because of indifference. Nothing has been learned from the past.

Those who thought this kind of vulgarity was destroyed when Nazism and fascism were defeated should understand that evil can, and does, resurrect itself when all seems lost. Scapegoating deflects the root cause of the sickness spread through anger.

Our country, the United States of America, supposedly a beacon of hope, now finds itself drawn into a lack of endurance and fortitude as it continues the journey of acceptance. We tolerate more than we can digest because we are afraid and intimidated by the vocal minority that attempts to become the majority.

Our country, the United States of America, is experiencing trauma upon trauma as we watch our bravest enter fields of endeavor that seem to have no ending. We lose loved ones and are witnessing the decay of our society’s efforts at redeeming our country and world one person at a time.

The media constantly reminds us of the atrocities in lands we cannot even pronounce. More importantly, we are witnessing the destruction of our cities filled with murder and mayhem that seems to be uncontrollable.

We read about these horrific episodes and then return to our normal pursuits. Our minds cannot, and do not, understand how we have sunk so low. We close our eyes and hope that when they open, all of this will disappear together with the root causes.

How will reason prevail when hate is taught in the classroom, in our homes and also in some houses of faith? How can the brutality end when we applaud the tragedies as we watch our young people get caught up in the frenzy of destruction of sacred thoughts?

Civilized society requires, no, demands, that we confront this evil that has permeated our lives. Civilized society must attempt to create a positive approach to the understanding that we need each other to survive. The discourse that is now taking place needs to be tempered with sanctity for life.

Our dream, as Americans, should be that as we engage the storm, we also know that these storms can destroy the very fabric of our being, if we let them. Our leaders need to lead the way, not join in the upheaval. Our leaders need to demonstrate the futility of these hate-filled episodes that are destroying the essence of who we are as a nation.

Hate is here, will always be here, but can be relegated to the dung heap of history. This is our obligation.

– Rabbi Dr. Irwin Wiener, D.D is national chaplain of Jewish War Veterans-USA, and he is with Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation.