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This Year Taught Us — Maybe We Don’t Need an Enemy

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I am angered and I am confused. I am angered because something terrible has happened and I am confused because I don’t know who I am supposed to be upset at. Whose fault is all of this? Who can I blame? Who should be fired????

These are questions that rattled me when COVID-19 caused our world to change drastically. I struggled. Who was to blame for all the deaths? Who was to blame for the stress people faced when laid off from work? For the loneliness that people would feel from losing natural social situations? For the lack of access to support and students would receive from being in school? I knew that in wars there were typically enemies, but I looked to find one and no enemy was found. But after many months of struggling to find an enemy, I forgot about the questions. I realized that the enemy was not findable and it was not productive to search, rather the real question to ask was how to move forward: How we could learn from the situation and can we become better because of it?

On Lag Baomer once again we were faced with sorrow. A terrible tragedy where many many lives were lost. But who was the enemy? Was there an enemy? Could there truly be a person that would be to blame? Rather we must think, what can we learn from the situation. What great traits about our nation have we learned from this situation? What can we improve about ourselves? Does it really matter in the long who was to blame? Rather how can we rectify this situation and be better because of it?

The tragedy of Meron........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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