To make a mountain of your life
Is just a choice
But I never learned enough
To listen to the voice that told me
Always love? Hate will get you every time
Always love? Don't wait til the finish line
Slow demands come 'round
Squeeze the air and keep the rest out
It helps to write it down
Even when you then cross it out
But Always Love? Hate will get you every time
Always Love?Even when you wanna fight
I want to know what it?d be like to
Aim so high above
Any card that you've been dealt, you...
Always Love? Hate will get you every time
Always Love? Hate will get you?
--Nada Surf, Always Love
Shalom, Salaam, and peace be onto you. I wanted to talk about the power of love. I've noticed hardliners on both aisles aren't willing to fathom the others' plight. I understand that this is a very internalized conflict, but I don't think the fundementalists on both sides simply have too much self-pride, what they believe is simply knee-jerk arrogance.
The same arrogance that compels the "Right of Return" sideshow chanting. The same arrogance that drove Ygal Amir to murder Yitzak Rabin. And the same kind of arrogance that deepens the divide between the Arab/Muslim and Jewish community, even today within the US. I mean, Just look at the Anti-Defamation League (a Jewish civil rights group) and Council on American Islamic Affairs--they're beyond arrogant, they practically hate each other. All because their beliefs regarding a tangential dispute differ. We can cancel out this animosity with love.
It's much more difficult to love then it is to hate. Hate is for the weak-minded, those who cannot confront their ideological oppositions. Hate is for those who ignore the parts in our collective holy texts that espouse such altruistic virtues like "thou shalt not hold grudges" or "thou shall not demean thy brethren." Ultimately, if one wants peace, one has to practice love, and impliment in their everyday lives by forging lasting bonds with the people you'd never expect to befriend, whether that be a Kahanists or a Nasserists.
The Palestine-firsters, and Israel-firsters probably consider J Street, and mepeace.org a group of naive moonbats, but, at the end of the day, we have goals--they don't. They believe in collective punishment over conscious. They believe in attention deflection not progress.
We believe in Love.