Monday, August 07, 2006

An Unwanted Journey: Day 0258 - Cancer as Metaphor

There's cancer and then there's cancer.

"'F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.' Gibson then asked the deputy? 'Are you a Jew?'" [from TMZ, 28th July]

I understand that alcoholism is a disease. I appreciate that those with the disease may demonstrate characteristics completely out of sync with their day-to-day personality. But I also believe that both the behaviour of alcoholics and what they say when under the influence come from within. They are not imposed upon them. Individuals are responsible for how they behave and for what they say, whether they've been drinking or not.

Anti-semitism is a cancer every bit as dangerous and harmful as the invasive adenocarcinoma that has affected my life. If only we knew how to treat anti-semitism like we treat biological cancer with radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery.

Instead, we tend to cover up, forgive and forget, make excuses, blame the drinking. But what Mel Gibson said and the way he behaved in Los Angeles on the night of July 28th should not be forgotten. What he said is indicative of a tumour of the soul. Untreated, it will grow and metastasize. Unrecognized and denied, it will eventually destroy.
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