First things first: Happy Birthday queenmab21
A quarter of a century is nothing to sniff at.
Second, it feels like Saturday again.
The one thing about these holidays is the whole messing up my days of the week thing going on. This has probably been one of the more eventful and weird holidays in a while.
Also the fact that the country went into a total warp during this time... I try to think what it was like last year and really the energies last year were way calmer.
This year people just went crazy.
I didn't write about Akko and everything that went on there. The Jewligans and the ethnic/religious sectarianism that absolutely blew up over Yom Kippur no less - in which this sort of thing is such a huge cultural no-no!
I mean the man (non-Jewish, as Akko is a mixed city) who drove the car when he shouldn't have, it's not something that should have created riots that went on for three days!
There's something wrong when religiosity, on a day in which contemplating our relationship with GD and Humanity is paramount, is used to invoke violence.
But really, I don't think I have anything intelligent to add to the issue, I mean, it shouldn't have been done.
The riots, the uber-over-reaction to someone who broke a cultural tradition, which strictly speaking isn't even their own - not driving on the Day of Atonement isn't written in law, it's more a common-practice, it's just something that's agreed publicly not to be done on this day.
It's taken far too seriously by some factions as every year you hear about kids throwing stones at Ambulances in certain neighborhoods.
It always occurs to me that people who are confidant in their ideas and ideals really don't feel the need to force them down other people's throats. It's one thing to be passionate about them and try and persuade people to see things your way... but to go so far and to, I don't know, try to force
people into something they don't believe in.
And I'm aware that this goes both ways, no need to remind me of that
It reminds me of the motto's one hears around the country when the voices that aren't consensus speak out:
"Consider the feelings of the public"
The public is almost always the conservative and religious public.
It seems that it is often forgotten that "other" people are "the public" as well.