By Meir Stieglitz
April 12, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – There is no proper understanding of Israel today without appreciating the meaning of “Shiflut” (שפלות). In my interpretation, this unique Hebrew word represents a moral abysmal point – the anti-thesis of Integrity. Shiflut is the essence of the Israeli Spirit and its historical driving force.
Throughout history there appear synergy events between People and Ideas which sporadically constitute the nexus and provide the inertia — usually activated by prophets, leaders and scientists — for progress (or regress) in humanity’s evolution. In historical praxis, a specified group of people are endowed with energy and spirit which enable them to function as an evolutionary engine.
Some examples: Sumer-Babylon fertilized Urbanization; Assyria organized armies initiated the Military; Ancient Egypt worshiped Deified Rulers. Prophetic Judaism endowed humanity with the spirit of Transcendentalism; Hellenic Greece taught humanity the Love of Wisdom ; Rome greatness was in Empire Governance; Apostolic Christianity spreads the seeds of Humanism; The Mongols excelled in the Destruction of Civilizations ; Core Buddhism explored the ways of Harmony seeking; Post-Medieval Europe enlighten Science and Technology; Great Britain perfected Global Projection of Power; Modern Russia and France were the breeders of World Revolutions; German Nazism the executioner of Ultimate Global Evil; Modern China still is the largest manager of (controlled) Collectivism; The United States still is the dominant manifestation of (managed) Individualism, and so on.
On that Moral-Historical catalog, Israel place is as the epitome and breeder of Shiflut – namely, national life saturated with phenomenally flexible and, at the same time, utterly replaceable ethical spine. At its less threatening mode the Israeli public field (from Left to Right through the Center) is a sizzling incubator of nation-wide varied modes of opportunism; at its worst, the Israeli spirit is national victimhood gone berserk — on the global arena.
In parallel, The Israeli relations with the truth are like those of a businesslike pimp to his prize prostitute: he sings her praise, makes the most of her as long as it is profitable and guards her so that no one else will have his way with her without pay. But whenever the cost of truth weighs more than pimping it, then, without hesitation, the designated Israeli leader throws truth to the gutter while wailing how much it did cost him to keep with it at all.
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