nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Out-sourcing the fear of anti-Semitism

I tend to spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about anti-Semitism. Cheery thoughts like that the Holocaust happened *after* the Germany became an unusually welcoming place for Jews. This must mean you can't trust anybody.

And I just ate up all those reviews about the potential evil effects of Mel Gibson's _The Passion_. It sure looks as though the people who said "It's just a movie" were right, and I feel as though I owe an apology to my non-Jewish neighbors, who actually *weren't* ready to start a pogrom.

There are good historical and current reasons for being twitchy about anti-Semitism, but on the other hand, I incline to depression, and I was taking it out of all proportion in a way that wasn't good for me.

I was considering doing something drastic like reading Constantine's Sword--a history of Catholic and Protestant European anti-semitism, and seeing if I could intersperse it with enough meditation to chill out.

Then it occurred to me that I don't need to keep track of anti-semitism myself. If it starts to get bad, there are plenty of people who will tell me.

Figuring that out worked. There was a radio story about increasing membership in neo-Nazi groups in eastern Europe--the more energetic people are leaving for better jobs in western Europe, including rather more women than men. Some of the people who are left are occupying themselves with resentment. And I didn't freak. Those neo-Nazis are on the other side of the world! They're the less competent people! I don't have to care! I do care about anyone who's stuck living with them, but there's no risk in it for me.

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