We are seeing Israel committing genocide but not held to account by many who profess concern for human rights.
Even Bernie Sanders refuses to demand cessation of the genocidal attacks by Israel, even though Netanyahu invoked a Biblical passage – Samual 15:3 – detailing a genocide as a justification for attempting to bomb Gazan Palestinians out of existence. When people reveal who they truly are, by their tacitly standing with psychopaths, we need to believe that despite all their nice supportive words at other times, their fallback position is that they will stand by and watch us die if we don't matter to them. They have shown that they lack moral courage.
All of us have allowed ourselves to overlook what others have done that we would not want happening to us, even if we would not have suffered any violence from doing so. However, even if we are not the perfection we would like to be, we still need to stand up and protect those who, by our reticence, are subjected to suffering by those whom we are effectively supporting. We have to stand up and be counted, just because it is the right thing to do. We may lose the support of some, but if they are alright with the suffering, we could not trust them anyway, even if they were supposed friends.
When we see those we thought were looking after us blatantly refuse to condemn those who cause suffering, by whatever rationalisation they use, we cannot trust them. We have to rethink whether they are really the ones who we should be supporting in positions of power, no matter what they have done that seemed beneficial in the past. We now know what we know, and that cannot be ignored. Our sentimentality does not prevent suffering, and what we are seeing in Israel is suffering, and it has been openly going on for over 75 years.
Practically every Western politician supports it continuing, so we really have to make hard choices about who we vote for. Sort of supporting what we want done is not good enough. We must demand that who we vote for will stand against suffering and won't kowtow to selfish vested interests that continue to create and maintain suffering for us and others. We cannot hide behind our selfishness and hope that we can avoid the suffering, as those who create suffering always seek ways of creating more, and their supporters are just as expendable as everyone else.
We are at the crossroads where we can either continue to pretend that others don't count, and suffer the consequences, or stand together in support of humanity, to the exclusion of no one. The time of hiding is coming to an end, as despite efforts to hide their nefariousness under layers of advertising and propaganda, those who are the enemies of humanity are revealing themselves for who they are. Their layers of influence are unravelling before our eyes, and we can now take the opportunity to disconnect from the dystopian illusion they want us to believe in.
We can choose safety, dignity and prosperity for all, and in that we will get all that for ourselves. We don't need to think that another's gain is our loss, but that it is our gain as well. Every person who gets to be creative and express their joy for living adds to our joy. We share this world and we can share the joy it can give.