A New, Humane Approach To Zionism:
Musings On The "Insanity" Of Zionism
18 Feb 2012
By Karin Friedemann
I used to enjoy musings on the "insanity" of Zionism,
trying to psychoanalyze the condition, but I am now
starting to wonder if we should start to consider
Zionism as a type of autism. As in, a neurological
deficit, and not a psychiatric condition caused by a
trauma like the Holocaust.
The stereotypical autistic genius and the Zionist mind
are very similar in so many ways:
- ability to function impressively in some realms
while lacking common sense
- lack of empathy - while at the same time possessing
a self-image of being a decent person
- inability to put himself in someone else's shoes -
even if needs are explained, it does not "compute"
- compartmentalization of the mind - learning does not
infer wisdom to another area of experience
- appreciation of cute animals/cries during movies yet
oblivious to the real life needs of others
- unwilling to make any effort to alleviate a human's
suffering - if it is caused by himself
- reacts with outrage and counter-blame when someone
mentions what he did
- will not cooperate, even if it is in his own best
- reluctance to enter into any human relationship
unless the other person is "useful"
- sense of entitlement or delusions of grandeur
- imagining others as lesser beings made to serve
oneself – no sense of gratitude
- the self-explanation for harming others is always
that he is "merely existing" or "surviving"
- constantly tries to get other people's sympathy for
being a clueless victim of unfortunate circumstances,
so that people will give him money/credibility
Scientists are still trying to understand how the
human brain can malfunction. Some people's brains are
found to be abnormally active in certain regions while
abnormally inactive in other regions, compared to
typical left and right brain activity. The autism
label is used to separate people with neurological
disorders from people whose antisocial behaviors may
have other causes. For example, Chronic Oppositional
Defiance is considered a psychiatric condition, even
though it is nearly identical to Pathological Demand
Avoidance Syndrome, considered a type of autism.
Autistic children can often be recognized at a very
young age by their inability to understand what
another person is pointing to. This is because the
child CANNOT imagine herself in another person's shoes
in order to guess at what he might be pointing to. It
is a true disability. It is not a psychiatric
condition. It cannot be cured. The person truly cannot
imagine another person's point of view.
If an autistic person recognizes that he has a problem
understanding others' point of view, he can learn to
use his intellect to compensate for lack of intuition,
for example by memorizing social rules and following
them legalistically rather than understanding right
and wrong on an intuitive level.
However, there is probably no limit to how the brain
can analytically reinterpret even something as simple
as the Ten Commandments, so that they only apply to
certain people, or certain cases. Historical events
can be ignored and the person who remembers what
happened is labeled as "delusional."
I have found this same level of intellectual
disconnect when talking to Zionists. They are
seemingly unable to follow a logical argument through
to its conclusion, but rather short-circuit, become
defensive and irrational, and create distance, much
like many good autistic people act when you try to
make them understand a logical, linear argument.
They can see things in so many multi-dimensions that
life becomes so complicated that something like
mopping a floor - a linear progression of a series of
acts aimed at a specific goal - becomes so
overwhelming that they just don't even bother trying
to do it. They just act helpless until someone else
does it for them. A successful autistic adult (like
Bill Gates) is one who is skilled in getting people do
things for him while he concentrates. Autistic people
try to maintain control over all circumstances, due to
a rigidity of thought.
Once you realize another person is incapable, not just
unwilling, to negotiate solutions – you have to change
tactics. You cannot have a cooperative relationship
based on human equality with an autistic individual
because the neurotypical person will always be
compensating for the autistic person's unwillingness
or inability to reciprocate, and their refusal to
negotiate constructively. Rather than keeping their
agreements, they often just invent a new personality
that doesn't "remember" having that conversation
before. Just like an Israeli peace treaty!
We Americans have been negotiating with a people
incapable of caring about our point of view. We have
to see clearly that we are in a caretaking position.
We are not dealing with human beings who we can talk
to on our own level. The fact is, Israel is a country
that would never have survived without our financial
generosity. It is not a "normal" country. Israel is
pretending to be normal the way a person with
Aspergers pretends to be normal - so very cruel to
those upon whom she so heavily relies.
Zionists have a certain mental deficit. We must decide
as a people to stop begging them for empathy. We will
stop trying to make agreements with them in good
faith. Then, we will stop suffering from feelings of
rage, hurt, and hate. We are the caretakers of Israel,
like them or not. If we don't step up to the
responsibility, and admit our adversary has a serious
problem, no one else will.
Karin Friedemann is a Boston-based freelance