A Hill High Enough
I am apolitical (I believe all politics is a futile waste of life and energy at this point), and to preserve my own mental health I no longer follow the “news.” But the big stuff filters through.
A Hill High Enough is a song that attempts to locate the Jewish people within the historical context of thousands of years of oppression and persecution. All peoples have experienced this to some degree. Every tribe of humans has been savagely impacted by enemies intent upon exterminating them. Innumerable tribes and civilizations have been utterly eradicated.
But, to my knowledge, the Jews are the only people who have managed to survive thousands of years of repeated efforts to extinguish their kind, while somehow surviving as a tiny minority of the world’s population while maintaining their ethnicity and cultural heritage to any degree. And these efforts at extermination have continued right up through the current time. The pogroms of the 19th and 20th century killed hundreds of thousands of Jews and left millions without homes. And of course the Holocaust killed millions.
A Hill High Enough to Die On
The Continued Effects of Trauma
My belief is that the Jewish psyche carries unparalleled levels of encoded post-traumatic distress. I believe I carry it. A white American, I grew up in a Christian home in California. But my grandfather was a Dutch Jew who survived The Holocaust and the Hunger Winter by sheltering in an attic. To survive he risked his life every night to gather tree bark and tulip bulbs that he could gnaw on to somehow stay alive. This man helped to raise me, and so I share his experience and influence as well as his genes.
The Perverse Cycle of Human Existence
Now, the Nation of Israel has created in Gaza a ghetto of their own for the Palestinians. In the perverse habit of all human history, the oppressed have gained the upper hand and are inflicting on their enemies the same scourge of terror that have suffered so many times.
A Hill High Enough to Die On – The Existential Threat
I believe that Militant Zionism poses a grave threat to the people of the Middle East. Furthermore, the current crisis provides the perfect pretext for the US to enter a regional conflict in the Middle East. That gives us a new chance to threaten global peace and security in the interest of continued US global dominance, enforced, of course, by the most savage military the world has ever known.
Those who raise their swords to Zion prepare the alter we’ll have to lie on
And if you’re marching unto Zion you’ll find a Hill High Enough to die on