I take a lot of photographs. Sometimes, if I don’t have a camera in my hand, I almost feel nekkid (that’s Texas Talk for naked). I like to remember things. I like to promote things. I like to feel things. I like to share things.
Recently, on a trip to Israel, I took thousands of photographs. Oh sure, the touristy ones came out great. You’ve seen them all many times, taken by many people. But this one is different. This one is my favorite. It’s beauty is understated, heart warming, essential, and vital – Just like the State of Israel.
In Israel, parents plant seeds and they grow strong and fast. They are loved, like all children deserve and should be. They are nurtured, like all children need to be. And they are set free when they reach the age of eighteen. That is when they receive their true and mandatory training – in the armed forces.
Unlike most children, Israeli children must protect their homeland, their parents, their family, and their friends. Sadly, they are surrounded on all sides by people who don’t raise their children in this manner. In fact, it is just the opposite and they wish only to kill anyone in their sights. The Israeli children protect those they care for because they love themselves, they love their country, and they love life. Those surrounding them share none of that.
To change the Middle East, to change the world, it’s starts with something as simple as planting a seed in the mind of a child. To do right, to love yourself and others – not matter what they look like or their religion. But to be prepared to use force when necessary to protect those you love.
It just starts with the planting of a seed. Then, success is limitless. The Israeli people are brave enough and intelligent enough to know this. I hope one day, the world will follow. The mother above is planting the seed. Just like most mothers do. And it’s as beautiful as this photograph is.
If you will it, it is no dream – Theodor Herzl
L’Chayim – To Life!