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As a writer, I sometimes feel I’m at the coalface of the war for this generation’s mind and soul.

Writers notice nuances in language.

We notice, a lot, when certain ways of expressing yourself, your ideas, your feelings become verboten, because of all the political correctness.

We pay attention to not just what is being communicated, but how that is being communicated, because the delivery often tells you even more than the information.

And so it is, that I’m becoming increasingly worried by what is going on in our world.

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Last month, I hired someone on Reedsy – a non-Jewish editor with a lot of commercial experience – to assess whether the draft of the novel I’m currently writing has any chance of getting picked up, by a mainstream publisher.

She came back to me with comments yesterday, that it’s really well-written, overall, good plot, lots of suspension, blahdy blah – but that it also contains ‘racism’ and ‘sexism’ that I will need to tone down, if I really want a chance of getting it picked up.

An example of the “racism” it contains:

I have one of my characters, an elderly Mizrachi man living in Jerusalem, who voices his dislike of Arabs.

For sure, that fits the current, retarded, ‘description’ of racism.

And my editor suggests that somehow this should be toned down or taken out of the book.

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Smart readers will have already figured out something crucial:

This is how most of the elderly Mizrachi men living in Jerusalem think and feel.

But now, thanks to ‘political correctness’, we’re meant to just pretend that of course none of that is really happening, and that no-one dislikes anyone else on the basis of coming from a different creed or race.

But that just isn’t real.

It isn’t true.

It isn’t honest.

But it’s certainly, 100%, ‘politically correct’.

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Example of ‘sexism’:

The man is always driving the car….

And the woman doesn’t want to call the man and is waiting for him to call her, after a bust up.

Again…. words kind of fail me.

Again – this is an accurate reflection of a lot of people’s reality, and certainly the reality that would be ‘real’ for my characters in my novel.

But ‘political correctness’ is dictating that even fictional novels should portray a false world where everyone is ‘woke’.

Yah, that elderly yid from Morocco who fought against the Egyptians in the Yom Kippur war now LOVES ARABS!!!! Don’t you know?

And yah, there is no such thing as a man who prefers to drive, or a woman who is going to sit in the passenger seat and just let him do that, because it makes him happy.

In woke world, this stuff just doesn’t happen.

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Apparently, I also caused some offence by allowing my characters to use words like ‘retarded’ and ‘psycho’.

This, apparently, causes unacceptable pain to people who really ARE ‘retarded’ and ‘psycho’.

I guess what comes next is that I’ll also have to ban myself from using words like ‘short’, ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’, for the same reasons.

Which leaves me with not so much to write about, if I’m going to have a hope of publishing something in ‘woke world’.

(Let’s clear up that cliff-hanger: I will continue to write this book, to the best of my ability, and then I will self-publish it.

And even if only two people buy it, so be it. At some point in 200 years, some historian will find a copy of it in the national archive and understand that there WERE still fat, ugly, retarded people in Israel who didn’t like Arabs and insisted on driving the car even with a woman present in the vehicle. I will publish for posterity.)

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Why does all this matter?

It matters, because this is mind-control, and it’s only intensifying.

It matters, because as George Orwell set out so brilliantly in 1984, language is the key to controlling humanity.

Our speech is what differentiates us from animals, and that’s why our speech, our communication, is so very important – and why it’s being manipulated and twisted to harm us, 24/7, by the sick world we currently live in.

Label someone an ‘extremist’, a ‘fanatic’, a ‘rascist’, a homophobe, transphobe – and then you can shut them up and turn them into a social pariah instantly.

But as I am coming to realise more and more, in order to stay on the ‘acceptable’ side of the thought police today, pretty much all you can do is write recipes, or share Instagram posts with pointless selfies, or long descriptions of what your cat is up to.

They are killing communication, discussion, deep thinking, careful analysis, social commentary with ‘political correctness’.

And for sure, it’s affecting us all way more than we realise.

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Sometimes, my soul get so weary of this sick world we are currently living in, or really ‘surviving through’, until the dam of evil finally breaks, and all the lies finally crumble away.

It’s easy to get demoralised, it’s easy to get despairing, especially if you are a thoughtful person who can see most of the lies being told mamash.

But that’s when my hitbodedut reminds me that God is so much bigger than all of this, and God is still in control, here.

Or that’s when I take a visit down to Ido HaNavi, and I see how the prayers start off pretty flat and ‘down’ – but usually by the end, after the Rav has been encouraging the crowd to clap and dance, the ‘vibe’ just feels so much more optimistic and happy again.

Or, that’s when Rabbenu finds a way to remind me, in a million different ways:

There is no despair in the world.

All this can, and hopefully will very soon, turnaround for the best.

In an instant.

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And in the meantime, you and me have a job to do.

We have a task put before us by the Almighty, to keep cutting our minds, and our souls, free from all the ‘political correctness’ that is scaring us out of being able to call a spade a spade.

And to be able to say things like:

Children thrive way more when they are raised in a family unit consisting of a man and a woman who are married to each other.

Or to say things like:

Most Jews in Jerusalem are scared of their Arab neighbors, because of all the acts of terrorism we constantly experience.

But also on the other side:

Many Arabs living in Israel also dislike and hate Jews, because they have also suffered a great deal at our hands, over the last few decades.

That’s not ‘woke’, I know, but it happens to be true, and it also happens to be the beginning of a real conversation that we can all have about how to find some real solutions to the problems plaguing us here in Israel, in a million different ways.

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So.

It seems I will continue to write ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’ stuff, because otherwise, I am left writing about kugel recipes or how cute my mythical cat is today.

And I will continue to call retarded ideas ‘retarded’, and hope that no-one who self-identifies as ‘retarded’ reads my blog and takes offence.

Because language is the creative output of the mind and soul.

And I refuse to let the forces of evil grab any more of my language – my ability to be creative, and to think for myself, and to acknowledge the truth – than it already has.

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One last word, on ‘shadow banning’ and other forms of censoring that this blog is certainly experiencing.

I know that so many people over the last few months have tried to post comments here, only to be blocked from doing that.

That’s a form of ‘shadow banning’ that happens here a lot.

Often, people who are getting ‘shadow banned’ send me comments via the Contact Form instead, and I post them up for them from my side.

That’s one way we work around the censorship.

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We are all feeling the censorship, the ‘political correctness’, that is trying to enslave our minds and souls.

We have the Torah’s rules about lashon hara, and about avoiding hateful speech. That’s all we need (and often, I’m  sure I’m not doing a good enough job of sticking to those rules, the only rules that really count.)

Sigh.

I don’t have a neat way of signing this post off today.

But may God rescue us all from ‘woke world’ very soon.

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11 replies
  1. nechama
    nechama says:

    Love your biting humor! TRUTH always wins in the end!
    How much does it cost to self-publish?
    Rabbi Wein did the same with his small humble aid to R”Hashana davening, that one can take with to shul.
    Sign me up for a copy of your new book; have a title yet?
    [BTW: is that captcha math 696 have any other meaning?]

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Not so much. The problem is more that your book just tends to ‘sink’ and no-one buys it unless you advertise it heavily on Amazon.

      Something to think about….

      Reply
    • האיש
      האיש says:

      696 IS A PALINDROME THUS IT IS ONE OF THE RUNGS ON YACOBS LADDER THE SAME BACKWARDS AS FORWARDS THUS SEEN IN HEAVEN AND EARTH AS THE SAME NUMBER
      NOW IF YOU ADD THE 6 + 9 = 15
      BOTH WAYS YOU GET THE FIRST TWO LETTERS OF HIS FOUR LETTER NAME
      AZRAM
      NOW IF YOU ADD 15 + 15 = 30 OR LAMED WHICH IS THE LETTER THAT TOUCHES BOTH HEAVEN AND EARTH
      THIS IS ONE PROOF
      THEN IF YOU SUBTRACT
      15 – 15 = 0 YOU CAN SEE THAT HASHEM IS THE EIN SOF OR
      NOTHING
      AGAIN PROOF OF THE POWER OF PALINDROMES
      HOPE THIS HELPS

      Reply
  2. Alizah
    Alizah says:

    bs”d
    Hmm. Maybe that’s why I’m getting letters from agents and editors, mainstream and Jewish, that they love the book…but can’t use it.
    Why not try Mark Budman’s publisher, Livingston Press? No one can accuse him of political correctness. He was evicted from his own literary journal for that.

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    • Rivka Levy
      Rivka Levy says:

      Alizah, it is totally crazy what is going on.

      The creative impulse is being stifled in a way that is hard to grasp, by woke world.

      BH, all this will crumble soon. We keep worrying about Communist China taking over, we don’t understand that ‘Communist not-China’ already took over….

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  3. David
    David says:

    Another word that is loosing it’s meaning is ‘antisemitism’; not because of Woke but thanks to the (Jewish) globalists who labeled anyone criticizing Soros/WEF/globalism as an antisemite.

    Interesting.

    Reply
  4. Simon
    Simon says:

    Again, “The Sun comes, burning as an oven, and all the audacious sinners of perpetrators of wickedness will be stubble. And the Sun that comes will leave them neither root nor branch, says the Master of Hosts.”
    May it be next Israelite calendar year!!

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