Maybe it is this time of year, or time of history …
Celebrations of inhumane history overcomes peaceful values.
Old lines in ancient sands …
Mistrust, misjudgment, money – territory, zealotry, eyes for eyes, teeth for teeth.
Those we cannot, or refuse, to understand.
Ancient conflicts are NEWS today – wounds rooted in old hurts, old ways.
Nothing is new.
Everything is old.
Emotion and history mingled.
I miss decades of family gatherings.
And, I don’t.
We did laugh, eat, hang-out.
But old ways and old hurts live there.
Whether discussing middle-east history/politics – or complexities of families – similarities at root of every age-old conflict.
Isn’t a matter of conservative v. liberal, hawk v. dove.
Isn’t about love or lack of love.
Isn’t just about past, yet so much is rooted there.
Never was about rehashing past, or re-tearing wounds. Yet it was.
I was watching news coverage – pundits from CNN vs pundits from Fox. Listening to politicians – American, Israeli and others debating/spinning the impact of an agreement among nations which is an agreement to make an agreement – which came as a result of missing deadlines but finally, before Easter/Passover, having something to announce.
Such friends, like family, so juxtaposed.
One cannot imagine anyone agreeing on impacts – they cannot agree if their agreement has teeth, or not, enough of this or that, cannot find an answer to peace in it (did they really expect a miracle?).
Reminds me of that George Carlin bit – about being seated where there was an argument in progress at the next table, being so happy to have found a good family restaurant.
P.S.: to those celebrating moveable feasts, new-outfits, church and synagogue rituals, family dinners, celebrations of spring, freedom and resurrection – I wish you happy times and warmth of family in peaceful celebration of your faiths and traditions - Happy Easter, Gut Yontiff
column written/ published from Paia, Maui, HI
morning walk: 18C/65F, another identical day, skimpy clouds, steady light breeze, everyone moving at Maui-speed. These streets would be smell-fests for Gusta but I don’t think she could stand the heavy-petting she’d be subjected to …