Friday, March 23, 2012

`Cultivate and Celebrate Courage'

On Dec. 3, 1974, Eric Hoffer wrote in a notebook:

“A world that did not lift a finger when Hitler was wiping out six million Jewish men, women, and children is now saying that the Jewish state of Israel will not survive if it does not come to terms with the Arabs. My feeling is that no one in this universe has the right and the competence to tell Israel what it has to do in order to survive. On the contrary, it is Israel that can tell us what to do. It can tell us that we shall not survive if we do not cultivate and celebrate courage, if we coddle traitors and deserters, bargain with terrorists, court enemies, and scorn friends.”

[from Before the Sabbath, 1979]

1 comment:

William A. Sigler said...

That’s the problem with True Believers, they mistake the enmity in the mirror for an enemy, and assume the unconverted are plagued with their own self-doubt.