When "right" becomes wrong...
I was talking with a friend of mine who works in the Israeli media earlier today, and among the things that I asked this person was how I could begin having my writing featured in more mainstream publications in order to get my ideas out to a wider range of people.
The rest of the conversation went something like this:
Journalist friend: In your writing you (Ze'ev) need to learn how to separate between being pro-right and being pro-Israel.
Ze'ev: What exactly does that mean?
Journalist friend: If you (Ze'ev) want to be able to write for more mainstream publications and organizations, then you need to focus more on the consensus issues.
Ze'ev: Can you give me an example of a consensus issue?
Journalist friend: The right of the State of Israel to exist.
Ze'ev: We must really be going for the lowest common denominator here. I remember when the idea of Jerusalem being the undivided capitol of the Jewish State of Israel was also a consensus issue.
Journalist friend: Not a good idea.
Ze'ev: What's not?
Journalist friend: If you want to write for more mainstream publications, those are the types of things you shouldn't be saying.
I came to the realization that were I to focus my writing on being pro-Israel, as opposed to being pro-right (as my journalist friend defined it), then there would be no real point of my writing anymore. I recognize that my views are not mainstream, but I write from the heart, and I try to bring awareness to the challenges facing the Jewish People and State and what we can being doing to overcome them.
I write about the subjects and ideas that I do, not to win any popularity contests, but because I believe them to be true, and I believe that they present a vision that will lead to the strengthening of the Jewish People and State; a vision which will enable us to fulfill our collective mission and unique destiny in this world.
It is my hope, that in doing so, some people out there just might be inspired by these ideas; inspired or intrigued enough to give these ideas some thought and even spread them around to others; perhaps there may even be a few of you out there who will be so inspired or convinced by some of what I have to say that you just might be willing to help take some of these ideas and help bring them to fruition.
I'm an idealist - I think big and have high hopes, what can I say.
For the time being, any dreams that I may have of making a career in writing are on hold, but at least I still have this blog, along with a few other venues, which enables me to express my ideas to a rather broad audience, and most importantly, if you're reading this, I still have you.
So, whoever you are, and for whatever reason you might happen to be here, thanks for reading, and I'll try to keep things interesting enough to keep you coming back for more.
And if any of you happen to know of anyone who might be interested in hiring a non-mainstream or non-consensus writer (when it comes to issues relating to Israel and the Jewish People), drop me a line.