IN summer of 2006, I asked a highly placed Israeli source this question: Whats with Olmert?! New Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was botching the Lebanon war, relations with the territories and his Kadima patys coalition, and facing criminal indictment. The sources resigned reply: We work with what weve got.
That reply sounded both realistic and defeatist. Realistically, in a given situation, we each do the best we can with what weve got. If we believe this is the best we can do, it follows that were always at our best.
We can also defeatedly whine about results, saying, This is all we weve got to work with. What did you expect? In other words, we deserve to end up like this, we didnt achieve anything, and its no ones fault especially not MINE.
In this, we see more than a glass-half-empty vs. glass-half-full difference. We see the difference between humans who can get themselves out of serious political and environmental trouble, and humans who wont.
High-profit technologies, such as genetically modified foods, nanotechnology and laser uranium enrichment are being advanced without regard for their consequences. Human-created gases and pollutants have re-ordered our planets seasons and cycles in ways weve never seen before.
THIS new form of earth is what weve got to work with now. I believe our only way forward is to dedicate ourselves to tikkun olam healing the earth and those who live on it.
Theres no better time to embrace healing than now, as our children return from idealistic weeks at summer camps.