Rachel Corrie and her Dedication to Peace

Bob Levin9/03/2012 9:02:03 pm PDT

re: #62 CuriousLurker

As SFZ said in her #7, Corrie seems to have been turned into an innocent martyr by the Palestinians and used to demonize the IDF.

This is accurate.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, she seems to be the demon, and the IDF the victim.

I wouldn’t say this is the case. From where I stand, [because I don’t see it as being on the other end of the spectrum.] people in general, Jews in particular, haven’t quite figured out how to make an idea dissipate, like you said in #63.

The best idea thus far, is to contradict, and if that doesn’t work, to vehemently contradict. Obviously, this method doesn’t work. But people have a tendency to repeat even what they know will be unsuccessful when they lack alternatives. The idea is for this Rachel Corrie Knife to vanish.

However, we see ideas dissipate all of the time through a very mysterious natural process—much like our selves seem to go through a metamorphosis. For instance, I can’t even remember what I felt like, what my sense of self was, when I was eight years old. More important, I don’t remember when this notion vanished. It certainly wasn’t when I turned nine.

My generation couldn’t even conceive of what my parents’ generation thought and felt—we might as well have grown up in different parts of the universe. In one generation, the universe changes. How is that? There weren’t any groundbreaking scientific findings—and if there were, we wouldn’t have known.

All of this points to the puzzle of consciousness—that it is still quite a puzzle, a Solomonic puzzle. To me, when it comes to solving this puzzle, religion is miles ahead of the secular world. However, this doesn’t at all mean that we shouldn’t continue to learn from the secular world. After all, Solomon would much rather have quietly waited for the DNA test results.