If you belong to a really, really smart race of people, you can't possibly be a crook.
There are two key words here, one being "if" and the other being "race".
Israeli lawmaker proclaims supremacy of ‘Jewish race’
Likud's MK Miki Zohar says Jews are the smartest in the world, so know Netanyahu isn't corrupt
Okay, all you Jewish people who are struggling with your doubts about Bibi - not to mention that a lot of Jews freely acknowledge they don't really know what the heck they are -- race, culture, religion -- I guess you know where you stand on this guy's smart-quotient.
But if Zohar is Jewish, and Jordan Peterson (see image at bottom of this page) is not Jewish -- yet Jews are a "race" -- why did I immediately think of JP when I saw the above photo?
I'm worried about both these guys; I think they're way too tightly wound and bilious to survive to old age.
I've personally never been able to understand identity crises. In fact, I feel really lucky that I have no culture whatsoever, except that I grew up in Canada, so therefore must be a Canadian even if I can't sing the anthem because it's a thinly disguised call to war. Any obsessive rituals I need to observe are completely of my own making as a defence against how others think I ought to be.
First and foremost, I am of the Popeye school of life: I yam wot I yam and that's "all wot I am" and I don't much like "wot ain't on the ups and square".
I'm part Irish on my paternal grandparents' side (I even have green eyes) -- but the famine drove their parents out of Ireland and they became Liverpuddlians [YouTube] -- and part German on my maternal grandfather's side (Did they have Jewish or Nazi relatives? Who knows. As my mother said, "We were too busy trying to survive in the present to give much thought to our heritage".)
My mother was raised a Free Methodist, but "sinned" quite a bit in her youth. As a married adult she was converted to Pentecostalism through the wiles of a handsome British evangelist -- and eventually my father was dragged onboard as well. I was 9 at the time and it all seemed rather bizarre, though I tried as a teen to get with it.
I'm also probably part Native American and part Swedish, on my maternal grandmother's side; she was raised in a tenement house in a German neighbourhood in New York city. She had a more than slightly Native appearance, but her maiden name was Swedish. (Swedish male immigrants quite probably took Natives as wives.) Her maiden name on her gravestone may actually be spelled incorrectly, because her kids were not sure if it ended in "en" or "on".
As to my food tastes (I keep reminding my cosmopolitan Toronto friend that I'm Canadian when she suggests eating at a restaurant that's a bit too "ethnic" for my dullish palate) they are partly due to the austere Brit influence, and partly the indirect result of maternal poverty, probably.
Even when my parents' finances were good, my mother still cooked for us children what she ate as a child in a poor Canadian household - because, for her, it very likely was "comfort food". She saved her energies for putting on the dog when we had dinner guests. To this day I can't stand even the thought of lime Jello mold with grated cabbage in it, but Jello molds were de rigueur in the 50's.
I still have my grandmother's collander with which she drained the macaroni she raised her kids on. My mother was not a generous woman, but I came by that cherished relic easily because there may have been uncomfortable memories attached to it.
I'm told I have a high IQ -- high but not scarily so. I was tested in high school and was immediately re-streamed upwards. So I know stuff because I'm naturally interested in learning stuff. And I've been fortunate to have associated with all types of human beings, and I know for sure, and so do most Jews, that Jews are not a race.
They might like to be, though, if they haven't adjusted to having nothing concrete upon which to hang their culture. I suggest it might help to repeat Popeye's phrase over and over until it sinks in that just being a decent human being is not a bad thing at all.
If the Likud guy needs to be part of a race, he's cut himself a difficult swath. So has Jordan Peterson with his terribly uptight obsessions. For one thing, it shows on the face and in the posture, and it makes life unnecessarily difficult.
The Jews who've lived the longest may be the ones for whom it came naturally to shrug and say, "Just like that" - and mean it!
Don't get me wrong; Peterson says some interesting things, but he seems to be speaking primarily to males and they do seem to turn out in droves at universities to hear him justify their peeves. Fair enough; if they at least learn how to tidy up their rooms, that's a huge step forward for most of them.
Looks like Israel is trying to clean its rooms Jordan Peterson style -- ruthlessly tossing out the clutter:
Israel’s deportation of African asylum seekers labelled ‘cruel and unlawful’ by Amnesty International ... Rights group says one migrant was told: 'If you don't leave, you will leave Israel in a coffin'
It would seem that "race" is a problem for more Israeli Jews than just Mr. Zohar. Which sure doesn't seem to be on "the up and square".
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