US Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
12/7/17, 1:13 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from NPR
Yesterday, President Trump announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In addition, the American embassy will be moved from the country's former capital, Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem as well. This comes more than ten years after both Congress and the Senate voted overwhelmingly (374-37 and 93-5) for this same move, and exactly six months since they did that same thing last June.
As if this is news (it's not (it is?)), Jerusalem is and has been the center of controversy and violence ever since Israel was first recognized as a Jewish state in 1948, replacing what was then British-ruled Palestine. That's not to disregard the violence surrounding the city before that date (and throughout practically all of time), only to put my emphasis on modern times.
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the matter, but there is one thing no one can deny: If there's one thing everyone likes to get equally ridiculously offended about, it's Israel.
This is, of course, if we’re avoiding conspiracy theories, because of the religious aspects surrounding the country. It was originally created as the result of the Jewish people proclaiming that they'd been wrongfully persecuted for many centuries, a fairly big example of that happening within the previous ten years of the birth of Israel (meaning: WWII). I’d like to note that, since its birth, areas in Jerusalem in which the Jews have control violence is stymied, whereas areas where the Arabs have control, Jewish people cannot go near for fear of violence.
These are reasons for whatever opinion you may have on Israel and Jerusalem, but this is still essentially 'religion' we're talking about here. Yes, this all has something to do with politics (which is what renaming the capital is), but it's first and foremost about religion, the nature of religion, and its impact on the world and on the species, and while this doesn't mean that religion isn't thoughtful or that it doesn't have something important to say about reality, religion is not fundamentally rational; as an organization it is dogmatic. This is proven by the fact that religion is first and foremost concerned with reality beyond our known reality.
Rationality is based in our reality.
By 'religion' I mean any collectivized organization which tells you explicitly to 'believe' and to not think about what it tells you. I call that subconscious adherence the 'Religious Attitude'. Spirituality or ‘faith’ is the non-dogmatic.
The Religious Attitude does not care about what you feel, or what you know. it only cares about what I know because it's TRUE GODDAMMIT! Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial not because religious freaks keep blowing shit up for no reason (although that is the rational way of looking at it) (and by 'blowing shit up', I could also mean ‘trying to ideologically take over the world’ (the world changes in-time, not through any focused ideology claiming to be the one that works–we know it works as it proves that it works through time, and without words, hence the problem with ever saying, for example, that 'capitalism is absolutely amazing and therefore there's no reason to think about it without being offended at the fact that someone is actually hateful enough to question the godhead ($)!))), but (Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial) because religious freaks are blowing shit up for the most important reasons humans could ever even attempt to (albeit futily) understand.
There's no reasoning with religious zealots about what 'religion' means, only on what their religion means.
And it always means: ‘good’.
And until we realize that everyone has a different understanding of what 'good' means, and of how it relates to identity, and hence what religion itself means…