By Rabbi Berel Wein
There is a famous Hassidic story that pretty much sums up our
present situation and the world that we live in.
A great king had an extremely wise adviser whose opinion he trusted
implicitly. One day the adviser appeared before the king with very bad news
- the crop of grain just being harvested contained an organism that would
drive people stark raving mad. The king was terribly shocked and found
himself in a quandary. If the contaminated grain was removed from the
market, the population would starve to death. Yet if the people ate that
grain they would all become crazy.
The adviser told the king that he should allow the grain to be marketed,
for better mad than dead. The king agreed to this. The adviser then told
the king that there was enough of last year's normal grain in the king's
pantry for the king, the adviser and their families until next year's more
The king responded that if he and the adviser were the only sane people in
an otherwise insane society, they would be deemed insane by the crazy
people. Therefore he ruled that he and the adviser and their families would
also have to eat from the affected grain. However, the wise adviser painted
a line on his forehead and that of the king, so that when they looked at
each other they would at least recognize that they were crazy.
The world around us has eaten locoweed. It is crazy beyond belief. How else
can one explain that Amnesty International is after ambassador-designate
Carmi Gillon while the pope exchanges hugs and kisses with Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat?
Of course, Arafat's unblemished record of 35 years of terror, murder,
corruption and violence earned him a Nobel Peace Prize and international
approval, while all Gillon can show for his efforts at attempting to save
the lives of innocents here in Israel is a lousy ambassadorial appointment
to Denmark with a threat of being arrested there.
And what do you say about the "peace rally" last Saturday night in Tel
Aviv? Has it not yet dawned upon the peace camp that there has to be
another side willing to make peace with us for any "peace process" to work?
I would also willingly join rallies for peace if I knew that such rallies
were taking place in Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus and Jericho as well. But as
long as they are taking place only in Tel Aviv, I think that such
gatherings, in light of present realities, border on the ludicrous, if not
AND WHAT shall we make of the journalistic rewriting of the Camp David
fiasco? What grain are these journalists eating? Somehow it isn't Arafat's
fault at all that he turned down the deal to end all deals, made no
counter-offer to prime minister Ehud Barak and unleashed the murderous
campaign of terror and violence that, while it may be hurting Israel, is
certainly destroying the Palestinian economy and social structure. Bill
Clinton, Barak, Madeleine Albright, Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk and all of
the others are wrong in blaming Arafat. Only the crazies are right in
sympathizing with and rationalizing for him.
What are we to think about the "humanitarians" who unleash Code Red viruses
and worms onto the world's computer systems in order to prove some obscure
point? What sadistic pleasure they must gain from their twisted exploits.
And how should we understand the behavior of the noble anti-globalization
protesters who have trashed Seattle, Genoa and other world cities in their
quest for social justice?
Nothing accomplishes the advancement of the cause of the poor and the
downtrodden the world over as quickly and definitively as does breaking
shop windows, looting goods from their legitimate owners, hurling rocks and
firebombs at police, and becoming drunk and stoned. And, naturally, in this
lunatic world of ours the police are to be blamed for "overreacting" and
beating the firebomb-throwing crazies.
The "crazies" are going to hold a conference on racism in South Africa next
month. In attendance, among others, will be the Hutus and the Tutsis of
Burundi and Rwanda, the Zulus and the ANC of crime-ridden South Africa,
Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, all of whom are
experts in killing and stealing, with a horrendous record of
accomplishments in these fields. They will gather and solemnly decide
whether Zionism is racism.
The Russians, whose methods of attempting to stamp out the Chechnyan
uprising make the Middle East violence look like a touch-football game,
will undoubtedly intone on the matter. The righteous French, who have never
yet admitted their collaborationist role with the Nazis in World War II,
will also have something to say on the matter, as will the Oslo-creating
Pay them no heed. They are all mad. But then again so are we, for we also
eat of the same grain that feeds post-modernism, secularism, no-guilt value
systems, family-destroying promiscuity and selfish politics, above all else.
The least we should do is paint a line on our foreheads so that when we
view each other, we will be aware what an insane world we live in.
|Hm. Interesting perspectives... I am doing a speech on why the world is going insane! Well, I must say, there seems to be quite alot of discussion over insanity! So, are we planning to stop it anytime soon? Or shall we just leave it - crazyness always adds some zing to everyone's day, I guess...
My conclusion? Everyone is insane. There really is no such thing as normal, so lets all be weird! Is there something wrong with diversity? Of course not! However, it is true that with every opinon/fact, there will be people who disagree. And that's good! That means that humankind is not doomed to a closed-mind - that we can think for ourselves atleast! Never put a fork in the microwave! |
- S. A. -0/6-/2006
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|Dear Concerned Humans, I have spent an entire day looking at web sites where the author believes the world is going insane. These websites are written by people from all different viewpoints: some were radical religious blaming science, some were KKK members blaming other races and white apathy and guilt, others blaming education or lack thereof, and on and on. It is aparent that many of the people that have come to the conclusion the world is going mad are already insane theirselves. They all have valid points and insights that are mingled in with extreme and ridiculous beliefs. One of the biggest problems with the world is that there are almost 7 billion people in the world, meaning that there are about 7 billion differing views and opinions putting the world in a kind of underlying anarchist state. Science and Education are a tool that can be used for good or evil, especially disimformation. Real Education for the world is what we need (not rich kids going to college just so they can get drunk, and people speaking out again against twisted, corrupt, or peverse practices. We need a way to wake people up to be aware that 4,000 to 40,000 children starve to death each day while Liza Minneli spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to have 3-D cookies made for her farce of a wedding (just for one example). Peace. |
- D. T. -1/0-/2002
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|If everyone insisted to take an eye for an eye, then soon everybody will become either fully blind or semi-blind. Man is incapable of solving problems he has caused since he was created. It is always easy to hate the other side and to claim God is on your side. What more can politicians do when they fear men more than they fear God. Shalom |
- P. L. -0/9-/2001
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|Evil rules the world as we know it today.
The chosen people, were once chosen for a reason. Not to be haughty, not to be proud, not to be unfair, and no to be sinners. It is the responsibility of the just man to learn justice to others. It is the responsibility of the mercyful man to learn mercy to others.
And it's the responsibility of the chosen one to give unto others what he have received.
- V. M. -0/9-/2001
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