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I remember the shock everyone felt when Rabin was shot. The fact was hard to accept, and later it was even harder to accept its consequences. But maybe the saddest of all, is to be a witness to the slow vanishing of the inheritance of those years.
Like this fading portrait of Rabin, at the entrance to the Tel-Aviv Municipality building, close to the place of the shooting, the memory and the spirit of those years are slowly but irremediably being wiped off. Each year it is less remembered. How many years will pass until there would be a total indifference?
Does it mean that hope can die? I think not. Learning from History it is easy to notice the cycles that every civilisation went through. There are “Golden Ages”, like during the Epoch of the Library of Alexandria or the European Renaissance when Union prevailed over separation and people from different cultures and religions knew how to live together in mutual respect. Those were epochs when Arts, Science and Spirituality reached their peak.
And there are moments of darkness, so called “Dark or Middle Ages”, when egoism, separation and fear are defeating human values. In those times Humanity shows its worst, and, sadly, today we are not living in times of tolerance, intelligence and enlightenment.
History teaches us also that evolution proceeds by cycles. Just as the day follow the night, and summer comes after winter, light comes after darkness and periods of separation and intolerance alternates with moments of union and consciousness.
I believe in Time, Nature and Evolution. According to an ancient oriental story, every year the Spiritual and Political leaders of Humanity are summoned, at a determined date, to a secret place near the Himalayas by the One known as “Sanat Kumara” – the Eternal Youth – who asks them whether Humanity is ready. Ready for what? Apparently to act as humans should act, to be conscious of what being Human means.
Their answer is, invariably, “No. Humanity is not ready yet”. And, invariably too, Sanat-Kumara offers “One more year” for our Humanity to change.
As I said… History is advancing in cycles. Does it mean that the actual darkness will vanish in its turn like Rabin’s portrait? Maybe. The cycles do not depend upon us, but what does depend on us is to choose- between waiting passively for the new cycle to come, or to “make it come” sooner.
We may be in the middle of the darkness, but those are the moments when the light of a single candle can make a huge difference. Those are the moments, when each man with good will and efficiency, can make a difference.
If I am not mistaken, Rabin also quoted this line “Don’t say ‘The day will come’- Make it come!”.Back to Gallery