Beyond the Cusp

April 30, 2017

Western Culture is the Culture Which Refuses to be Defined!

 

Multiculturalism, postmodernism, globalism or whatever headline name you wish to give the New Age culture, the main canon is we shall not live by the old rules. When asked by what rules these New Agers plan to live by, the most given answer is whatever I feel like at the moment. They will fight any attempt to name them or give their lives any set of defining terms, as they will oppose them simply such that they are seen in opposition to any definition. They claim they are free of such ideas as rules, limits, morals, ethics, morality or etiquette and that they make it up in the moment. This in the moment is the closest they come to any mantra and perhaps they are the personification of the old 1960’s rallying call of, “If it feels good, do it.” That was the call for living in the moment from that era and today’s millennials appear to be living out the hippie culture without realizing it. The problem with having an entire generation actually living within such a culture driven purely by the hippie ethos should frighten everybody when considering what the immediate future will become as these youth grow into the positions of power. But there is another alternative which is being proposed in Europe to replace the questionable future by providing the people with an ironclad and rigid ethical system which defines exactly how to perform every single action and decision in life. That is perhaps more than equally frightening as what will happen and which side will win when those living lives of total freedom with no limits or rules come into conflict with those whose lives are defined down to the last little action as which hand to use when eating and every act more complicated than that?

 

Islam is coming to Europe and it is coming in its most violent and restrictive variety. Islam will demand complete and total surrender to Allah and to his laws in the Quran. There will be no deviation from the rules, there will be no alteration of the rules, there will be only one set of rules and the Imam will dictate these rules from the laws written in the Quran and the Hadiths. Everyone must conform to the rules, both Muslim and Infidel. The Infidel will accept the classification as Dhimmi and live under the restrictions which are imposed upon all Dhimmi and act as subordinates to Muslims. Women must know their place, only travel outside the home in the company of a male relative be it husband, son, brother, uncle or other male relative or responsible male related in some manner. Women must remain veiled and dressed humbly and modestly and walk subjectively steps behind their male escort. Husbands are to strike wives in such a manner so as not to leave any permanent marks if she requires corrective influence as she is not sufficient subordinated or acts in some other undesirable manner. And a host of further rules with the eventual demand that all Dhimmis face a decision of conversion to Islam or being put to death, often by horrific means. Even should Dhimmi accept conversion, they will be constantly monitored closely seeking to note any action which might indicate that their conversion was done under false means and were not true in their faith. Such actions would result in torture to force a confession followed by execution as described above. All followers of Islam must observe the Five Pillars of Islam (see image below). The central demand of all Islam is also the meaning of the word Islam, surrender, as one is required to surrender their lives to Islam and follow all that Muhammad demands. This brings up the question of the contradictory laws, rules, customs and dictates found within the Quran. These are settled through Naskh (نسخ), an Arabic word usually translated as “abrogation”, the principle where an older verse is superseded by a new verse which contradicts or alters the initial verse in the Quran, or within the Hadiths. This is a major principle which would take too long to go through in this article but an introduction with multiple links in the comments section provided by our readers give more information and flush out this concept and the need thereof. The main concept of Islam which contradicts the lifestyle of the millennials is the demand that one surrender to Islam and its strict obedience of a rigid structure, the opposite of their beliefs.

 

Five Pillars of Islam

 

The problem which will soon confront the millennials is that their belief that little is worth fighting over will face pressure from Islam that they dedicate themselves to a set of strict rules even should they resist conversion. The millennials will not accept living as a Dhimmi any better than they would accept living as a Muslim. Their freedom filled lifestyle will not be accepted by Islam and this will place the two in direct opposition and then they will be faced with their worst nightmare, having to decide if anything in life, including the right to live as one chooses, is worth struggling, even fighting, to retain that which they have over the invading demands of Islam. Facing the choice of fight or flight many may decide on flight and then comes the question as to where? Moving elsewhere in Europe would, at best, simply put off the challenge until a later time as, unless Islam is prevented from becoming the dominant force in Europe, there will be no freedom the millennials currently understand as Islam stifles all freedoms replacing everything in life with the Quran, the Hadiths, the Imam’s rulings, the Five Pillars of Islam and total surrender to their new masters way of life. There are those who are already ready and standing in opposition of Islam. Some are trying to wake the European continent and are using the political system such as Geert Wilders. Others are using a more direct method meeting Islamic rioters in the streets and escorting women on trains and buses which pass through predominantly Muslim neighborhoods where they have been attacked in the past for indecent dress, also known as Western fashion. Some quote great men in history who had seen this threat before such as Charles “The Hammer” Martel and King of Poland John III Sobieski, two men who saved the opposite ends of Europe from Islamic advances, and Winston Churchill who saw the threat of the Nazis and rallied Britain, and saw the threat of Communism which he named their oppression as an Iron Curtain falling across the continent of Europe, but long before noting either of these threats, Winston Churchill recognized another threat which did not threaten one continent but the entirety of mankind if this threat were not understood, recognized and taken on with everything equal to the extents taken to answer the later two threats of the Nazis and Communists, and this first threat was Islam. We recognized his wisdom which includes the quotes shown below plus more in our article European Union Should Worry About Europe Not Israel; and here are those quotes from the Honorable Sir Winston Churchill:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.

 

Another problem the millennials and those growing up after them face is a lack of knowledge of history which means they never heard of Winston Churchill beyond a few quips in computer games. Many are not well read as they were instructed in whole word recognition which restricts their vocabulary to only the worlds their teachers introduced to them. They were not given the power of phonics and sounding out words from their spelling unless they had a teacher in elementary schools who never received the memo about using whole word recognition which was distributed somewhere in the early 1990’s. This new method for reading made reading new material on one’s own difficult and so cumbersome that it was virtually painful as any word one did not know they would need to ask somebody what it was. The meaning they might be capable of finding in a dictionary or thesaurus but how the word was pronounced they likely required assistance. This makes any advanced book on history, politics, philosophy or even mathematics or physics beyond their capability and newspapers would be equally challenging. This is one of the reasons for the character limit on Twitter as it makes one write in a less complex manner using short and easy world. News on music channels is given in short and uncomplicated manner using statements which would also be acceptable as a Twitter post. The entirety of their world is contained in 140 characters or less, including spaces and punctuation. Perhaps this explains the lack of punctuation and the great new idea in schools that spelling should be an expression of one’s feelings for the word and that there not be any exacting idea for how words be spelled. This has even extended to mathematics where it is now the process which matters where if a student can explain how their method should have led them to the correct answer, that should count more than whether they did actually find the correct answer. Education just is not what it used to be and thus neither are the students or the knowledge expected from them. This also further explains why millennials believe that it is their freedom to do as they please which is important and the results should simply be accepted by the rest of society.

 

The lack of discipline shown by millennials and the younger set has included a new psychosis which is defined as Chronic Lateness and any person who is late to work on average three times per week cannot be fired for their tardiness as it is not their fault, they suffer from Chronic Lateness. This is a sample of how anything which millennials and the following generations and even us older people are now relieved of any responsibilities towards others and how all actions are now to be acceptable as they are simply the defined reasons and concepts under which each individual lives. We are all to be permitted to define how we live and exactly what others must expect and permit us to act even if it causes them problems as those are their problems and do not lay your problems on me, man. There is going to be a clash of civilizations as in Islam the five times of prayer every day are set in stone. They are announced in a less than casual cry by the muezzin often with the aid of expensive and powerful amplification systems such that nothing can mistake when the time for prayer has arrived. Imagine the millennial who upon hearing the call to prayer at 5:00 AM who decided to roll over and go back to sleep as they do not feel like bothering to rise and shine, and then at 11:00 AM when the second call to prayer is heard they had a rough night and our millennial decides they still require more rest turns back to their original side and returns to sleep and then finally rolls out of bed around 1:00 PM and then they just might become noticeable due to their absence at the morning prayer times. Somehow, it is doubtful that the Muslims would accept Chronic Lateness Syndrome. As we noted earlier, Islam is very rule oriented in everything in one’s life and that starts with waking for morning prayers as Salah, praying to Allah five times per day, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. On the other side of the argument, if the millennials are going to defend their rights to live as they please by their rules and in a world where Chronic Lateness Syndrome is acceptable, then they may actually have to stand and do something.

 

Should they not stand, then Europe may end up looking like the map below along with the Middle East, Asia and Northern Africa. From there Islam has stated plans on moving on to North America starting with the United States and then moving on southward in both the Americas and Africa and lastly taking on China and Asia. There are many Imams and Islamic leaders who believe that these conquests are written in stone, or at least the Quran, and guaranteed by Allah and thus their efforts cannot be resisted. After they take control of the entire world, there will only be a few questions left to answer. The first question will be which interpretation of Islam will take total control, Shiites, Sunni, Salafi, Sufism, Wahhabis, Ahmadiyyas, Alawite or Kharijites. The average betting man would choose Sunni or Wahhabis but should Iran be the only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, particularly thermonuclear devices, then the Shiites would be the best bet. Even after this, there will probably be yet another final question which will cause one final war, who will be the Caliph who will be expected to bring in the Twelfth Imam or the Mahdi who then would bring back Muhammad. One would hope that there would be no more conflict and everything would finally be settled and everything put in place for their End Times, but we likely missed something somewhere.

 

Arab and Muslim World After the Islamization of Europe except for Switzerland and Israel in Red Both Standing Against any Islamic Assault or Tide

 

Will the world fall to Islam? That will first depend on whether Europe falls to Islam and this we have discussed numerous times and explained the required changes should Europe honestly desire to preserve its heritage. The easiest means of finding resolution for saving Europe would be a return to religion, filling the pews every Sunday, and through this restoring of their Christian heritage, having children, many children which would allow for a basis of workers to provide for the aging population. The having of children is the most important item on the list and there is no time like the present to begin their efforts. The map above should be sufficient impetus for action on behalf of the European population, then we are not sure what it might take. There have been signs of a restoration of religion even in Russia where President Putin has recognized that the future of Russia is heavily embedded in the return and rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church. Christianity’s rebirth in Europe would mean Catholicism in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France and beyond; the Church of England and Catholicism in Britain and across the Isles; Lutheranism in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Germany; Eastern Orthodox and Greek Orthodox in Eastern Europe and Poland; Calvinism in North and West Switzerland, minorities in Germany and Hungary, Scotland, a large minority in Northern Ireland, smaller numbers in England, Wales, Ireland and Malta. There are other churches and Catholicism throughout all of Europe and into Russia and all of these and even more modern and liberal churches such as the Church of Christ, Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Church, and some of the ancient churches such as the Assyrians, Coptic and others all need to contribute efforts and possibly even a new church using many of the originalist teachings of the early church which includes families as important and held many interesting principles and teachings which fell away with time and could add a degree of authenticity and excitement which would assist in the rebirth of faith in the new Europe. Imagine a church based on the originalist teachings becoming the newest church and the form of Christianity which allows for the reality in faith necessary for modern Europeans. Perhaps the millennial Church where services start Sunday morning around eleven and continue all afternoon, drop by as you feel the need and enjoy the service and adjust to the segment you find most comfortable, and don’t forget, children are bliss and excitement and teach real truths which we may not have found yet in our lives. Perhaps traditional churches and religions would be most appropriate to begin with, but hopefully, we might just see some version of these proposed paths come to fruition.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 20, 2017

Which World Controls the Future?

 

There are basically two worlds, the technological, industrialized, computer, information, advanced world and the world still back far enough in development that world conquest is their big challenge. That is the face of the complexities in today’s world and it is very uncertain which world will prove to be the more solid and most able to survive persevering over the other one. One is sending robotized scientific probes to the planets, their moons, asteroids, comets, studying the Sun and searching the vast cosmos for other inhabitable planets close enough to Earth-like that they could serve as a second home for mankind and other interests. The other is planning on how they will conquer the entire world and force everyone to follow their religious rules and follow the customs of Islam serving Allah and basing their entire society on the Quran and likely Sharia as the law for all the Earth. These two worlds could not be any more opposite in the future they see for humankind. One is reaching for the cosmos and beyond while taking medicine into new frontiers conquering ageing and making discoveries that will feed the planet and make previously undrinkable water safe for consumption. The other places science aside except in how it can produce more efficient weapons with an emphasis on advance weapons systems, nuclear warheads and the missiles on which to mount them to target the Great Satan, the United States as well as the capitals of Europe and Israel. The contest between these two worlds may come down to the developed world actually understanding the aims of the other world and understanding that they really and honestly believe that conquest of the world and subjecting to Islam is not only possible but their raison d’etre. Where will the future take us?

 

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

Expansion of Islam Across MENA and threaten Europe before Ottoman Rule

 

The idea of world conquest by Islam is nowhere near a new idea. This had been the idea since Muhammad gathered his armies in Medina taking that city and followed it with the conquest of Mecca. Muhammad initiated the expansion of Islam and the Arab Empire, which has made them, the greatest colonialists in all of human history (see map above). Their expansion was finally halted in the battle of Tours by Charles “The Hammer” Martel in October 741 A.D., a mere hundred and twenty years after Muhammad began his conquests in the Arabian Peninsula ending the westward conquest in Europe. On the eastern fronts, Islam ran into three forces, which prevented their conquering further lands. At the eastern end of Europe was Constantinople which initially came under attack in the year 330 A.D. and held the Islamic forces in check eventually falling when the Muslims used siege cannons which finally gave the following Ottoman Empire the ability to break through the massive and all but impregnable walls in 1453 (see picture below). The Islamic forces were also stopped after their conquest of approximately one-third of India on their initial thrusts and then over the next eight-hundred years the Islamic forces pillaged their way across all of India into Burma destroying entire cities razing them to the ground slaughtering the entire populations. The conquests in Asia reached their peak until in 1255 when the Mongol Great Khan Mongke placed his brother Hulagu Khan in charge of an army whose goals were to conquer Persia, Syria, and Egypt, as well as to destroy the Abbasid Caliphate. This began the great attacks by the Mongols, which took a heavy toll on the Muslim Empire. In the end, the Muslim faith took roots in the Mongol society, which finally ended their warfare.

 

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege and Breaking of the Impenetrable Great Walls of Constantinople

Great Turkish Bombard Siege Cannon
Utilized by Mehmed II in his Siege
and Breaking of the Impenetrable
Great Walls of Constantinople

 

The second assault on Europe was made after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans who ran into difficulties in virtually every front. In Rumania, they faced Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Dracula. He was a ruthless foe who would impale prisoners on pikes along the roadway, which the Muslims would be forced to utilize and other measures of brutality which spread fear within the Islamic ranks. It was rumored that even one of the Islamic leading generals refused to attack Romania claiming that Vlad the Impaler was far too insane and brutal and he would not place his men in danger of such brutalities. The Ottomans were turned back twice at the gates of Vienna. The more famous of these battles had the Polish King Jan III Sobieski reach an agreement where his neighbors would respect his borders while he and his entire military relieved the siege of Vienna. The Grand Vizer Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha began a siege of Vienna on July 14, 1683, and Polish King Jan III Sobieski led the largest cavalry charge in history: 20,000 mounted Poles, Germans and Austrians and Sobieski himself led the charge with 3,000 Polish Hussars relieving the sieged city of Vienna on September 12, 1683. World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire as they allied with Germany and Austria-Hungarian Empire against the Allied Powers consisting of Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Belgium, Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal and Romania. Late in the war, the United States joined the war making an immediate impact assisting in facilitating a quicker end to the conflict. The European Allied nations took control for a period of the nations across the Ottoman Empire that stretched across the Middle East to Iran and across Northern Africa. These lands were divided into individual nations by the European victors using rather arbitrary determinations, which have contributed to many of the problems in these countries today. (The nation that controlled each of these new nations and the dates in which they left are on the map below.) The Muslims are feeling that they were cheated of their proper empire and currently there are different leaders who view themselves as the proper leader who should lead the new Caliphate.

 

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

Dates that the MENA nations received their independence after colonial rule many since the times of the Persians or even earlier

 

The Saudi Royals, Turkey President Erdogan, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei all believe they should be the next leader of the Islamic Caliphate. Then there is another issue, whether Iran and Shia Islam should be the true Islam for the future or whether Sunni Islam will prove superior as it has the greatest numbers at eighty to ninety percent. Then inside Sunni Islam, there are different types with the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia, the Muslim Brotherhood that includes Turkey President Erdogan and most of the Imams at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Finally, there is the Islamic State and their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims that he is the rightful Caliph. Saddam Hussein also had claimed he was the new leader and finally there is some claiming they are the Twelfth Imam known as Muhammad al-Mahdi. The one thing that will slow Islam is their inability to settle on a singular leader or even a single version of Islam. Currently, the Iranians are working towards becoming a hegemonic power in the Middle East and extending Shia Islam into Saudi Arabia where the north eastern and oil rich areas of Saudi Arabia already has a Shia majority population. The Sunni-Shia divides by some of the nations are; Turkey 80% Sunni and 20% Shia; Lebanon Sunni 24.5% Shia 47% with Christian and other 22%; Syria (before war) Sunni 73% Shia 14.7% Christian 9.3%; Saudi Arabia Sunni 52%, Shia 25%, Wahhabi 23%; Iraq Sunni 32.5%, Shia 63%, Christian and other 4.5%; Iran Sunni 11%, Shia 87%, Christian and other 2.5%; Egypt Sunni 87%, Shia 3%, Christian 10.25%; and Kuwait Sunni 61%, Shia 39%. The truth is that there are subsects beyond the more basic and simple Sunni and Shia divide which mostly what comes under discussions in the West, but the entirety of the complications of Islam are far more complicated. This may be the redeeming feature as witnessed in Syria. The initial divide is between Bashir al-Assad who is Alawite, which is basically a form of Shia and thus supported by Iran, the preeminent power of Shia Islam, and through Iran, Hezballah, the Shia terror groups from Lebanon, which has recently become the Lebanese military. Then there are the Kurds who despite being Sunni are targeted by all forms of Islam, especially Turkey and President Erdogan. The Kurds defend their area as best they are able and have had success against the Islamic State. There is the Islamic State which is Sunni, then the al-Qaeda aligned groups who are also Sunni and these two groups are enemies as they swear allegiance to different leaders and who you follow is the second level amongst Islamic forces. The Sunni are far more fractured than are the Shia, which actually may serve to permit Shia to slowly make gains and become dominant; especially should Iran become a nuclear power and through this become dominant. Should Iran actually use nuclear weapons, they may turn many Sunnis to switch and choose to join Shia Islam as in Islam you follow the strong horse and such acts would make Iran the strongest horse. As far as their target, it could be anything from Saudi Arabia to Egypt to Israel or the United States.

 

Interstellar Ship Made with Smart Metals

Interstellar Ship Made with Smart Metals

 

All this leads to some commentary about the developed world and what will be required for it to remain the dominant force in the world. First and foremost, the United States will be required to be a force in the world and Europe will need to change direction and find their core beliefs to prevent their perishing under a swarm from Islamic immigrants. Their scientific progress must continue and even accelerate and then be used to raise the standard of living throughout the rest of the world. They will need to set aside more funding for their militaries as only through strength can they avoid Islamic efforts. The remainder of the Christian world needs to take assistance, learn about good governance from the more successful Christian nations, and thus strengthen the Judeo-Christian ethic throughout the world. Space need become a dedicated and central effort with efforts to place permanent bases first on the Moon and soon thereafter Mars and ever further throughout the Solar System. Space is the high ground, which cannot be argued over as whoever holds space holds the highest of mountaintops. Technology is the developed world’s greatest weapon and sharing all of these technologies would be foolish. Once Islam has found a leader brave enough to actually return them to the original Quranic verses from Mecca and away from the verses written as a warlord in Medina, then with Islam taking a form where it is willing to coexist with other religions and not insist on being the superior and only religion, then the world might be capable of finally coming together. There are a fair number of Muslims who currently are working toward just such a goal with one being Egyptian President Sisi. These efforts should be supported when and where possible while the supremacist forms of Islam need be opposed and eventually eradicated if all Islam insist that they must rule the world and force all to do their bidding.

 

Coexistence is the key. The basis of this coexistence would be built upon a new material, which will be forged biological entities, to cooperate; otherwise they are separated and kept aside from all others until they are willing to coexist. The material, which makes sure that all people are willing to coexist and work together, is a living metal which will isolate any supremacist entities which refuse to cooperate with all others. These are the enforcement of coexistence and the enforcers of practical coexistence. Anything uncooperative will be sanctioned by this material until it learns cooperation and coexistence. In this society, the materials themselves will be the police and the enforcers of proper behavior.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 15, 2017

Is There Truly a Disparity Between Islamic and Christian Anti-Semitism?

 

If one were to look at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report on anti-Semitism worldwide one would immediately conclude that the crucial area where anti-Semitism is most pronounced is in the MENA* Arab and Muslim nations. There could be a number of reasons behind this seemingly obvious disparity mostly of which the ADL would claim it was due to greater sensitivity, civility and acceptance of other people’s religions, race, nationality and other differences in the developed world. On the other hand, it might also simply be due to education to answer questions as expected rather than giving honest answers. Another reason could be that due to programming through the education and media that people are not aware that they hold prejudicial thoughts and opinions. It might also be that such thoughts have been eradicated in the developed world, though that would be a miracle. Why am I so cynical about this? Well, it could be due to personal experiences I have had which indicate that perhaps the polling is not accurate because people have really been trained to hide socially undesirable thoughts. Perhaps dosing everybody with sodium pentothal before having them take such surveys would produce far different results, but we will never know.

 

Anti-Semitism figure and acts of vandalism

 

What were some of these experiences? Well, first allow me to give some general observations before we get to a few examples. I should first tell you that these are all observations from the United States as I lack any time even visiting Europe never having given travel there much consideration. I have come to surmise that Israel had a better acceptance and respect than Jews in the United States. Many Christians are confused over how and why some, too many by their thoughts, American Jews appear to hate Israel. Being a lifelong Zionist I was unable to assist them in answering this question as I share their disbelief and puzzlement. All I was ever able to say was that they placed their leftist politics ahead of their Torah and religion. That always drew some of the strangest looks, often a cross between complete inability to understand and simple bewilderment as if told two completely contrary things and claiming they were both true. Many had no ability to comprehend politics trumping religion.

 

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

 

One thing which made my ability to get some insights many never could was due to a select number of unique items. First, as a blonde haired, blue eyed, Nordic appearing person; nobody would ever suspect that I am Jewish without being told. The other main item was that I usually, most of my life, did not reside in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods. More often than not there were not likely to be any other Jews living within ten miles of where I usually could afford to live. The combination of these two small items placed me in a unique position to gauge real feelings and listen to people when the subject of Jews or Israel came into the conversations. When I was in a mix of people where a few knew I was Jewish, you could see pained looks on their faces when somebody spouted something hateful about Jews and they would all glance at me to see my reactions. Anybody who knows me well realizes that for the most part I do not have outward emotions very often. This allowed for such people to really hang themselves and allowed me to watch the reactions of others and whether or not they would respond defending Jews from hatreds, more often than not they would not. The most frequent reaction from those harboring no hatred or even love for the Jews was to hang their heads somewhat as if withdrawing protected them from the world and hate being spewed. Seldom did anyone speak up and when I would speak up others would often wince as if I were breaking some code and risking life and limb. On a few and very rare occasions it appeared that my defending Jews was unwelcome by the person who held anti-Semitic feelings as if I were impugning their honesty and becoming a threat to their reputation. Things never escalated to blows but I have lost presumed acquaintances and welcomed being relieved of needing to tolerate such people.

 

There was one particular phrase which I encountered more than I would have preferred when people first found out that I was Jewish. Too many responded to my telling them I was Jewish was initially that I was kidding and I would assure them that I was not joking and really am Jewish. Then sometimes, as stated too often, they would speak that phrase, “You do not act like a Jew.” This would almost universally receive my response, “Really, exactly how does a Jew act so I can work on that?” This would immediately make virtually all of them realize that they had revealed a bias which they had not realized they even suffered from. They would apologize and we would make some uncomfortable exchanges and then work our way past it. Fortunately many of these people would then ask questions about Jews and Judaism as they realized that they were living with suspicions and conceptions which they needed to get beyond. Perhaps these events for some became a good thing as they led to their receiving some education on the subject which they needed and probably would not have ever received such otherwise.

 

One thing I learned was that even those who held extremely negative opinions of Jews did not consider themselves to be anti-Semitic. Their feelings were that they were simply being honest and that the problem was with the Jews, not with them. They would tell you it did not bother them if somebody was a Jew and they would not hold their being Jewish against them. They just did not like Jews because Jews were simply not very nice and did not accept others who were not Jews. This revelation often came out claiming that the Jews are very clannish, you know, they stick together and watch out for each other against everybody else. Sometimes, when my mood was less than forgiving or one of these people got under my skin, I would make some comment about the Jewish mother ship hiding on the other side of the Moon and how I was still waiting for my washroom key. That would always get their attention at which point I would inform them they had made their statement in the presence of a Jew, sometimes I might instead say the enemy before informing them I was Jewish. There were those few who when hearing I was Jewish, sometimes one of the other people would break this news to them, they would get in a huff and sometimes even become threatening which never ended well but fortunately never led to actual violence.

 

What I learned in my sixty years of research, well, maybe less as I do not remember the first twenty very well, is that there is some degree of misconceptions as to how Jews act and exactly what a Jew is and what being Jewish means. As a youth I remember being accused more than once with having murdered Jesus. The first time was when I was three by the three year old girl next door who probably heard it in a sermon or from her parents as she was not old enough and proved as she grew not to hate anyone as near as I could tell. I came home crying as it upset me and asked my Mother who was this Jesus person and when did I kill him? I must have really been upset as I do not remember what my Mother told me or how she handled it but I am sure it was sensibly and kindly as that was how she handled everything except punishment for breaking rules, that she was strict and rather harsh which is why I tried not to break her rules. I learned though that there is a level of animus towards Jews, a sort of undercurrent which flows through more of the society than we care to admit. Mostly it is a misunderstanding due largely to the Jews being a complete unknown thus people can only theorize exactly what a Jew must be, what they are like, how they feel about others and other generalities. Much of this is filled in by parents, people around them, their religious teachings and that favorite of all peoples everywhere, suspicions. The one overriding thought is that Jews are simply somehow different from regular people. As a group they are too successful, too wealthy, too much the other and this causes suspicions which lead to distrust. This was mostly what was behind that phrase that I did not act or seem like a Jew to these people as I was not different and shared many of their ideas and principles. My being a Jew troubled them as it shook their entire concept of what a Jew would be.

 

What can we conclude from my experiences? Well, first allow me to point out I lived throughout the United States and moved more times than I care to remember. I worked constructions, retail sales and management, military, airfield crash rescue firefighter, roofing, railroad tie decorative restraining walls (the tallest was over fifty feet), medical electronic repair and calibration, satellite communications electronics, electronic prototyping, shuttle driver and so on. I lived on both coasts, the south, the west, the mid-west, New England, the northwest, Great Lakes and near everywhere inbetween. Basically what I am conveying is my sample size was expansive, diverse and ran the gauntlet of educational backgrounds. What I found was that people are pretty much the same with the more educated simply more practiced at prevarication. The misconceptions about Jews are fairly universal and people who have such misconceptions do not believe they are prejudiced against Jew or suffer even the slightest from anti-Semitism; they believe the way they see Jews is simply normal. What is interesting is that in areas of the world where anti-Semitism is the highest, the people there also believe they are not anti-Semitic, they are simply normal and it is the Jews who are abnormal. The main difference is that in the MENA nations where anti-Semitism is measurably the highest, they realize they hate Jews but simply believe that normally everybody should hate Jews. In the developed world they simply do not believe they hold misconceptions about Jews and are simply shocked when they discover that their beliefs are very probably wrong. Unfortunately, most of the people holding misconceptions about Jews will see these exact traits in any Jew they meet as they seek to believe that they are not hateful because that is undesirable in the society so they must be compassioned. The only way they could ever find out they have a difficulty is to get to know a Jew without knowing the person is Jewish and then have their world shook when they are informed that this otherwise normal person they were friends with is actually one of them, a Jew. Then they can come to grips and possibly change and realize that Jews are actually no different than anyone else. The problem is there simply are not sufficient Jews to go around and allow for everyone to have just such an awareness enhancing experience.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

* MENA are the nations of the Middle East and North Africa

 

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