More empathy and less sacred values in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Pediatrician, writer, and now also blogger!
Wellcome! I think of this blog as a conversation room on a topic that is important to me and which I hope will involve the consciences and intelligence of many.
My name is Nathan Levi and I am a pediatrician and writer from Trieste.
At my no longer green age, I put myself in the shoes of the blogger. It is a new challenge, so I hope for your understanding.
This blog is an attempt to involve you in my dream of peace in my homeland. Peace in Israel! As things stand, a chimera, I know. But dreaming is allowed and talking about it is a duty for me. Even if I have little time left and the interminable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, gangrenous as it is by the nefarious, blind and dead-end politics of my beloved Israel.
The conflict between the two peoples has deep and distant roots. I think the reasons that led to the birth of the State of Israel are understandable, acceptable and right. I also think that the Palestinian people’s aspiration for the birth of their own free and independent state is equally understandable and just. The reasons of one caused the tragedy of the other. Peace requires a compromise between opposing, legitimate demands. In the current situation, the willingness to compromise really seems a chimera. Why?
Numerous scholars believe that an important obstacle for the pacification between the two peoples lies in the lack of empathy.
And what about the “sacred values” that both peoples deeply cultivate? Sacred values that give preciousness to the soul of the individual, when they are felt as flags of the group, become impervious barriers to any compromise. “Just think, man even invented war!”, The Indian sage Krishnamurti exclaimed to the listening crowd.
Friends, let’s talk about peace. We talk about the lack of empathy and the state religions that feed hatred and wars. We are talking about the suffering of peoples, their right to self-determination, the barriers that isolate us and increase mistrust and hatred. We are talking about “reason”, a component that distinguishes us as human beings, but which, especially in conflicts, we sacrifice so much to the needs of our deep psyche that still dominates us.
Let’s talk about all this and… let’s keep a thread of hope. Please participate.