politics

Dear Israelis : Please Wake Up



The greatest wisdom traditions throughout human history have all pointed to a similar truth: that we are all one. Granted, a natural part of evolution, both individually and culturally, involves an ego based identity that defines who we are and who we aren't. I am this and you are that. I am a Jew and you are a Muslim. Indeed, it is an important developmental step but at some point, the next step is to get over yourself. The greater truth is that we are all part of something that transcends (but also includes) these seemingly separate identities. Even most separate dogmatic religions point to this truth with a law or commandment such as "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Of course and obviously, not everyone embodies or even "sees" this greater truth. From their narrow perspective, these people fight for their identities by trying to bring down competing identities. Most of us have experienced the uncomfortable result of this in high school. At the level of nation-states, however, this is a disaster. With regard to Israel and Palestine, this is a disaster.

Until these nationalistic and extremist Jewish settlers "get over themselves" they will continue to operate from a less developed, less caring, less inclusive place. That's fine if they are keeping to themselves but, in this case, they are destroying lives.

When a less developed worldview is creating suffering it is up to a more developed one to step in and say "no, this is wrong". Ultimately, the more developed worldview recognizes that the extremist settlers are not just destroying the lives of Palestinians, they are actually destroying their own lives. We are, after all, all one.

"Gasland" The Documentary

In recent months, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has brought our attention to the extreme hazards and true costs of oil and gas exploration. Until I watched the documentary "Gasland" however, the scope and obscenity of the problem hadn't really registered. "Gasland" is a synopsis of the natural gas boom since 2005 when Dick Cheiney and the Bush administration fast tracked legislation that made oil companies such as Haliburton and Encana exempt from government regulations such as the clean water act. The clean water exemption in particular is shocking because the process used to extract the gas (called "fracing") involves injecting a carcinogenic cocktail of chemicals into the earth where it then seeps into the groundwater.

At this point your inner-self might be saying "blah-blah-blah...I've heard this all before... big oil with ties to government pollutes the environment... same old story". It's easy to become desensitized and that is why I implore you to watch "Gasland". Images of (previously clean) tap water literally being lit on fire offer the requisite documentary shock value but it is the documentary's over-arching (and overwhelming) warning that hits home: the current deregulated exploration and extraction of natural gas is systematically poisoning and destroying the groundwater supply in the continental United States.

I think it is important that this movie get viewed by as many people as possible and I am therefor linking to the torrent site ( here ) so you can download it and watch it.

If you do download it, I would suggest going to the movie's web page and making a donation.

I don't think the trailer does the movie justice but check it out anyways: