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Meditation on Masada

On Sunday I made the journey to Masada, the mountain-top site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. Thankfully, the cable car made it possible to avoid the winding snake path to the top of the mountain.

The NDC travelers are exploring the Judean Dessert on camels.
The NDC travelers are exploring the Judean Desert on camels.

I had already heard the Masada story from my husband. I thought about the battle with the Romans and murder and suicide and was prepared to go on a meditative journey amongst the ruins. I stopped at one of King David’s rooms and sat and watched the valley of shadows and light.

While I was sitting, an orthodox father and his daughter stopped nearby. The father was telling the story of Masada and talking to her about good and evil. He talked about oppression. When he was finished, he turned to her and said, “Do you understand?”

She replied, “Whatever, Dad!” and walked away. 

I smiled and thought about the universality of her response. Later, after reflecting on the freedom movement in Egypt, I realized that maybe the “whatever” generation is on to something.

Maybe in order to usher in the Golden Era we might need a little more “whatever.”

Oh and by the way, if you want to know the Masada story, google it.  

Prof. Colleen Sweeney