(Continued from the “Revolution Of The 21st Century: Rich Man, Poor Man”)
We have not passed those stages that bourgeois capitalist regimes have passed in other countries. Generally, the period of our two-thousand year exile affected the nations quite differently.
We always sat in the corner, unable to raise our heads. And because our values were determined by studying the Torah, a “wise disciple” was prized most highly, even if he did not have a penny.
Then, 200 to 300 years ago, a new period began, and there were all sorts of Rothschilds. True, in the beginning, they were few in number, but about 150 years ago, access to European universities was opened to the Jews, and that allowed them to acquire various professions.
In short, we have not gone entirely through the process through which the world has gone, and suddenly we found ourselves in Israel where we live like those in all the capitalist countries of the West. We learn from them, adopt their experience of governance, and build the same formats that were given to them by centuries of development. But we were going the other way.
Moreover, our society is very diverse. It is woven from a patchwork gathered from west and east, from various places, even from Africa. Every sector has its approach, its own culture, its customs, and these differences are rooted in our genes. Children born in families of immigrants from different countries adopt the genetic heritage of their ancestors.
In general, we are talking about the egoistic desire that is growing in a special way from generation to generation. Willy-nilly, I inherited a certain package of qualities from my parents whom I may barely remember.
As a result, today we are faced with, for our people, an unprecedented phenomena that never characterized it. We have created a modern capitalist society, and, at the same time, we look at ourselves through the eyes of our ancestors who once lived in exile. From Morocco and Yemen, Russia and Europe, we have brought here [Israel] very colorful cultural and educational baggage.
After all, there we still “cooked in the juices” of relations between Jews, not like here. There, in any case, we did not forget about our Jewishness, our traditions, and our small community.
Here, all locks are removed; there are no boundaries. Past traditions and norms of behavior are violated. Everything is allowed: lie to others, use them, and so on.
Previously, among the nations of the world, we always helped each other. Was it possible to leave a Jewish child in the lurch? Anyone unfortunate was given family and shelter. However, this is abroad. Here, the old laws do not apply.
So, in Israel, we are going through the same process that took the West hundreds of years to undergo, and it is not surprising that there is a hatred of the rich who do not take us into account in anything. They are ready to plunge us into survival mode if only we allow them to earn more and more. And they can do nothing about this because egoism continues to operate.
It turns out that we are in a period similar to the days preceding the French Revolution. Moreover, the elite simply are unable to behave differently.
As a consequence, the people’s hatred of the rich will grow, but they still will not be able to share what they have amassed. While many are wealthy, the country is poor, so the problem will be exacerbated further.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 5/14/15