Monday, June 16, 2008

Humour Verses Violence: Your Say?

Recently received the following e-mail purportedly from a Speech at the UN:

“A representative from Israel began: 'Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses. When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, 'What a good opportunity to have a bath!' He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished.

A Palestinian had stolen them.' The Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted, 'What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren't there then.' The Israeli representative smiled and said, 'And now that I have made that clear, I will begin my speech.'

That one is both funny and clever. (If you accept the right of the Jews to their old inheritance, if not you will find it offensive, but please do read it to the end to get the point that I am making. Now, I do realize that not all will find this story funny or even clever. However what I really liked about this “Joke”, is that it also shows that even in humour, one can get their point across, in a way that attracts many more people’s attention, than by many other means. For example this e-mail has been passed around to thousands if not millions on the Net, but how many would have passed on even a simple statement from either side at the UN? Not many I think and so to me at least, the lesson here is, that there is no need to be loud or aggressive to get your message across if you just think a little more before you speak.
Many Palestinians really struggle to understand why the rest of the world won’t listen to their message. Well maybe that is because the rest of the world doesn’t like how that message is being delivered and maybe the Palestinian side should consider Humour more and bombs and bullets less? What say you?


Lynx217 said...

I so wish that the Jews and Palestinians could live together in peace, but history has proven that Jews and Muslims do not make good neighbors most of the time. It's not that the people can't get along, it's their militaries and politicians that cannot. There is no clear or simple solution to this, except as you say, except for the violence to end on BOTH sides. The Palestinians have to quit sending suicide bombers and missiles over, and the Jews have to quit retaliating tit for tat. Only once these things happen can peace truly happen, and negotiations for permanent solutions begin. And the US has to get out of the negotiations, as everyone knows we're biased. A more neutral party needs to step in and hold BOTH accountable.

Walter parker said...

Lynx you are so right again, but just now I can’t see how both sides can live together. The Jews say they are happy to live in peace with everybody who will accept their existence and boundaries, and the Palestinians refuse to accept either. Until there is an acceptable compromise on both sides, there will never be any winners except the Arms Industries. As for the Americans handing over their place at the negotiating table for someone more neutral. I would agree in principal, but then would struggle to find someone truly neutral to fill their place. It is rather pointless replacing one biased party with another biased party, isn’t it?

I wasn’t really wishing to be drawn into this issue at all, but I saw the message behind the e-mail as being that Humour will get a bigger and longer lasting audience than Violence ever will. And humour will make people a little less tighter, where as violence works the other way, and makes everything harder.