The Blessed Few – We can Change it
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a political meeting. The objective of the meeting was of significant importance to me and, to be presumptuous, to our country – Reformation of a party that, hopefully, will some day ascend to power and once again bring true social-democratic values to our society. Yet, a careful scan of the faces of the 40 or-so participants, revealed an extremely homogenous crowd. A good and caring crowd, yet a totally non-differentiated group. All relatively or even highly successful people, extremely caring and motivated, but, essentially without an exception, the kind of persons that the common Israeli either dislikes or even, dare I say, hates. Despite many claims to the contrary, Israel has always been a “class-oriented” society, where those who have been here longer sneer upon the new arrivals and feel that the new comers do not appreciate the hard work that their predecessors in this country have done. For an illustration, go and review the Lul gem produced by Arik Einstein and Uri Zohar approximately 40 years ago.
So what does this have to do with anything we do in our daily life? With the much publicized Israeli high-tech? With our Junction? In order to succeed, in order to truly reach and make a difference, we need to reach out for others, for those who are not as we are, for those who come from different backgrounds. The Israeli high-tech industry has been among the very few drivers of growth and pride for our country over the last 30 years. However, let us not kid ourselves. This is still a very small community. We did not transform the country to the standards of excellence that our community has sought and delivered over the last few decades. We did not succeed in doing so any more than the educators who strive to deliver high quality education to the periphery succeed in that nearly impossible task. We, who have had the pleasure and privilege of being associated with success, are the blessed few. In our small confines, in our offices, the coffee shops we frequent, or even the educational and vocational establishments we form, such as The Junction, we can continue to develop our products and strive for riches and high reward. Yet, we can also seek to bring others, less fortunate than ourselves, under that same umbrella of self motivation, gratification and eventual success.
In the Junction we speak of cross pollination. During the all too short Spring that we have in our beloved country, the Almond trees are blossoming and the white, pink and purple flowers are intoxicating in their beauty and smell. Likewise, those flowers attract the bees. I urge you, take a few hours break from whatever important matter you are presently doing and go see the breath-taking Almond trees. Visit the bees and inspect their ways. See how one bee visits flower after flower and learn the true meaning of cross pollination, as it is being done in the one place that really counts – Mother Nature. Then go back to your garage, salon, upstairs apartment or office and consider how much better would your creation, your invention, your world be if you were able to do it, to share the labor with others who are not exactly like you. If you were able to truly cross pollinate, to improve the core of our high-tech community, to build it to a become a true high-tech nation, not just the privilege of the few, the smart, those born in the right place, to the right parents. Cross pollination should not be limited to those sitting next to you, or sharing an office with you. At its most meaningful, it can be the core of our existence and we, the few, the blessed, can make it happen. Then, each night, after turning off the lights and resting our feverish heads on the pillow for few short hours, we can truly talk of cross pollination within our society.
Is this a dream? Yes. Can we all make it happen? Absolutely.