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  • Writer's pictureReuven Sherwin

Pearls of Non-Wisdom 1 - Fixing the World's Problems... You Come First!?

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

It's April 2020, and hopefully - in retrospect, when this will be read in 2021 - we won't believe that in April 2020 all/most/many of us - worldwide - were in some level of quarantine due to the CORONA/COVID19 virus scare.

It was/is a super-interesting time, but I don't want to waste words writing about it. Enough people had done that...

I do want to talk about one of the phenomenons taking place in media and social-media.

One of the side-effects of this time, was many wise people pointing fingers at other people and explaining what the other people needed to change/do in order to alleviate the problem.

And you, my bored reader, know that there's no easier way to frustrate me that by A telling B how B should change...

I'm a strong believer in You Come First.

Well... maybe more like You Go First.

You Change Yourself.

And you hope people around you follow your example and change themselves too.

And the world will be better for that. And maybe not only better - but actually good enough.

So much for the Corona background.


I spent some of my Corona-off-time reading Quora, and read many Q&A on another frustrating subject - the Jewish/Israeli/Arab/Muslim conflict, which is another super-elusive topic.

The 4th Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, is credited with the following quote “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

(I'm writing "credited" since it's a debate in itself. But the concept is clear.)

And then, I stumbled upon a Quora Q&A (link to follow) by Ahmed Elabyad, answering the question "My fellow Arab People, how do you see the solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict? What is a satisfactory solution for you for this 70+ conflict?".

In Mr. Elabyad answer he quoted Selahaddin Eyyubi (on the topic of war on others) and summarized by saying "(once the Arab people) start doing the hard work of transforming themselves; then they will change their political reality".

I really appreciated this answer - since it (in my perspective) it is the only true way of making a change thats matters - change yourself. And Hope people will follow you.

And if people choose not to - it's their choice.

And if they choose not to - it's their problem.

Not your responsibility to fix other people...


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