Ignorance is Sanity
Not having cable television limits you. You get information 8 hours late (on average) or through text messages where people assume you do know what’s going on, and then act shocked when you don’t. And it makes you feel that maybe the world isn’t falling apart as badly as it actually is.
But in cable-abstinence’s defense: the world is always falling apart. And really, the government news channel always makes one feel that good things might be happening in the country…somewhere. So what if they give the bad news (which is usually the actual news) in 2 seconds and devote the rest of the time to Ms. Rahman? We have democracy- isn’t that good news enough?
Thus I don’t really know what’s going on in Gaza (other than the semi-lurid details provided by Dawn and the pro-Israel-but-pretending-to-be-impartial Economist) I don’t have Geo to show me the countless dead bodies, and Al Jazeera to tell me how the Arab world is reacting (if it is reacting at all) or Fox News to give me Hilary Clinton’s latest press conference about the brutality of Hamas. I’m unbelievably backwards in this day and age. I still- can you imagine- rely on newspapers to give me my news!
And then when I read about everything, in all it’s gory detail, I wonder when it’s going to change, and how all of this can still be considered ‘News’. And I’ll try to figure out how long a people can keep fighting- and keep dying; and yes, keep killing.
And I know 50 years from now, when I’m 72 and senile and alone in my home wondering where my kids went and then remembering that my sister stole them when my husband was out playing golf, I’ll turn on the television (or whatever techno thing will be providing the news in those times) and will be watching the same things. The names might have changed- there might not be a Hamas but there will surely be another party like it- and then I’ll think that for all its aggression, and two eyes and a mouthful of teeth for an eye policy, Israel is still going to be as unsafe and insecure as ever. And until they kill every Palestinian alive, they’ll still be fighting.
And with every Palestinian they kill, the very forces they’re fighting will be getting stronger.
Maybe, just maybe they’ll realize blood asks for blood in return.
So if I understand that, when will they?