Adventures of a Young Mashiach
By Daniel Ben Abraham
Here is one interesting interpretation of what Mashiach’s adventure may first look like when he comes, so we may as well start asking these questions while we wait for him. With divine hope and creativity is how we should be looking at all our problems anyway.
I definitely don’t claim to be Mashiach, for I would be “riding a donkey” indeed (Zechariah 9:9). I am a shy, quiet, unimportant, introvert, who probably couldn’t get a dog to listen to me. I can just imagine old Jewish ladies sarcastically saying, “Ah, that’s all we need.” In a book I wrote, I joke that if I ever do accomplish anything important and have a party to celebrate, people would gently push me aside as they make their way through the crowd looking for the most important person in the room. I didn’t grow up observant and didn’t even start getting close to Judaism until after age 40. And, I have zero interest in power or honor or attention whatsoever. I just want peace and quiet. But I thought this was a cute title and playful writing trope considering the fascinatingly-converging topics. So, I write this satisfying my soul yet taking comfort in the consolation that probably nobody will read it.
There are some good ideas in the Bible about Mashiach, like his bringing world peace, “Nations shall not lift the sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:3, Micah 4:3). Every person will have a divine perspective, “The earth will be full of the knowledge of God, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). There will be a world government in Jerusalem, “Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth” (Zechariah 8:3). And, the smallest tribe will be mighty. (Isaiah 60:22)
With the U.N. condemning Israel more than any other nation, the Human Rights Council alone doing so 45 times since 2013, more than all other nations put together, and conflicts not surprisingly escalating nonetheless, Mashiach would be sure to face many challenges on his journey in making world peace come true.
Our creative sci-fi imaginations have apparently thought of every realm of science fiction conceivable; from space aliens, to traveling to other planets and galaxies, time travel, other dimensions, futuristic technologies and worlds. But in all our imaginations, there hasn’t been a hint, of an inkling, of the idea, that someone may invent a radically new way for humanity to better make peace amongst ourselves.
Well maybe now we have.
If this is the first you’re hearing of the conceptually making peace amongst all of mankind, buckle your seat belt.
I don’t know when Mashiach may come, but I can tell you a little about what the start of his adventure may look like, as I’ve also been thinking about world peace. Writing about Israel, political, and global security matters, and having difficulty organizing my own thoughts, I began seeking ways to organize the elements of the political and ideological disputes. As I continued to meditate on these concepts, they began to increasingly look like a new type of peace-building system. Having a child-like curiosity, my options are to assume they are worthless, or explore their usefulness and pass on what I learn. I could shout my ideas from rooftops hoping dogs bark back, or I write about them. So here is some of what I have discovered.
As background, in my blog (https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/daniel-ben-abraham/) I have written about several important related concepts. I wrote “Humanity is in its Infancy in Understanding War”, explaining that humanity is primitive in our understanding of, and our systems designed to prevent war. Wars don’t happen for the claimed excuses. In “The End of Moral Equivalence with Israel”, I explain why the world’s view of the current conflict is logically flawed. And in “The Trail of Mistakes to Nuclear War”, I explain more broadly why parties in these conflicts are making mistakes. Finally, in “The Metaphysics of Anti-Semitism”, I explain anti-Semitism, and its relation to current and future conflicts, as well as hidden clues about human nature that lie in the unconscious hatred of the Jewish people, that if better understood, might help solve all hatred amongst mankind.
Wars occur because the world develops unanswered questions that result in in-group versus out-group polarization, along unconstructive poles no less, and ideologies take on a life of their own. Nations end up going to war often without even knowing the correct question at issue.
But imagine we could dissect the unconscious reasons why humanity goes to war with good ideas and questions. An idea can be the most powerful thing in the world, but even before that, a question to find such an idea can already start to reshape the world. It is such questions that a young Mashiach will one day ask, and we should be asking until he gets here, because otherwise, we are headed for wars:
The bad news:
Historically, our top-down global systems of leadership of nations by individuals resulted in good kings and bad kings, good times and bad times for human history. But in the age of nuclear weapons, trial and error global governance won’t be sufficient. We have ideologies that supersede leaders, sewing the next rounds of future conflicts already in the pipeline.
The world’s response to October 7th showed us that the same hatred for Jews I explain in “The Metaphysics of anti-Semitism” that arose against the Jewish people in countless localities for millennia, may one day envelop the world in our current primitivity. The U.N. General Assembly recently voted for Israel to ceasefire in its war to destroy Hamas with 153 nations in favor, just 10 opposed, and 23 abstentions. The woke youth of today ages 18-24 who don’t believe Israel should exist according to a poll by Harvard-Harris December 2023, will become the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow. One day, Israel will be virtually alone and the U.S. will not be giving its near-sole support. Israel will be correct and nearly the whole world wrong, but it won’t matter. Anti-Semitism is not logical, but will regardless grow into a world war and nuclear war, if not this time, soon. Most simply explained, as new ideologies grow and morph, they have a proclivity to destroy their foundational morality to continue to survive. And no foundation is more necessary for new divergent ideologies to attack, than Western Civilization’s foundational Judeo-Christian values.
The faults with the U.N.:
UN Secretary General António Guterres told the United Nations at the opening of the 77th General Assembly, “Our world is in peril and paralyzed,” and “We cannot go on like this.” He warned, “Our world is in big trouble“, that “Divides are growing deeper…”, “challenges are spreading farther,” and of “colossal global disfunction.”
As such growing new ideologies distort mankind’s “logic”, soon the “best” “wisdom” of the combined United Nations will be demanding that the Jewish state, the source of Western Civilization’s morality, be weakened so that the last 0.4% of the Middle East can become a 23rd Arab state, because 99.6% of the Middle East is not enough for them. The U.N. can barely pass a resolution against Iran or North Korea, but can easily pass 15 resolutions a year against Israel, often with the U.S. as Israel’s sole defender vetoing Security Council Resolutions.
In 2020, the United Nations General Assembly, the forum of every member nation, 193 countries, passed 17 resolutions condemning Israel, the only democracy in its region, and only 6 against the entire rest of the world. The 2021-2022 session will likely have 14 condemning Israel, and 5 the entire rest of the world.
Tragically, the U.N. finally made itself obsolete in 2016, when it declared that the 3000-year-old Jewish City of Jerusalem and Holy Jewish Temple doesn’t belong to the Jews, when the U.S. (under Obama secretly pushed for and) abstained, and allowed Security Council Resolution 2334 to pass. Not to mention Judea, which I like to say, sounds awfully Jewish.
The U.N. failed to prevent the Russia-Ukraine war (“operation”), nor is able to prevent a potential China-Taiwan war (“reunification”). Nor can the U.N. stop the Gaza war, nor Iran’s nor North Korea’s nuclearization, despite being contrary to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Is the world going to rely on a system that requires wars be “proportional” so they last forever? A system in which the wisdom of most of the people of the world have virtually no say? A system in which the single Islamic nation has up to 57 votes, and the source of Western morality, Israel, has never been allowed to even speak at the U.N. Security Council? Not to mention, the U.N.’s reliance on our nation-state system of international law, which facilitates terrorist groups like Hamas we didn’t have pre-U.N.. Terrorists escape accountability like we’re a bewildered audience when a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat, not knowing it’s Iran.
The combined output of the world’s best minds is only as good as they system they operate in. Genocides are occurring all over the world. Now, Iran’s anti-Semitic and genocidal leadership that oppresses its own people is in a breakout for 6-10 bombs with which they admit they plan to “wipe Israel off the map”. After that, they will nuclear blackmail the rest of the Middle East and Europe. Yet much of the world is focused on ganging up on Israel militarily, politically, and legally in response to her defensive war in Gaza after the October 7th massacre, while Israel can’t even table its own General Assembly resolution in the U.N.. Now, South Africa has accused Israel of genocide in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague without looking at all the other ongoing genocides, including against Israel. In reality, many are just ideologically aligned against Israel, which causes them to see the world inaccurately. Hand-selecting only the Jewish state to be put under the microscope while it fights to recover still-kidnapped Jewish children not only goes against natural law. Simply hearing the case of the Jewish state and only the Jewish state on trial will destroy the credibility of the court. The problem with international law is that if the “deciders” become ideological and lose perspective, they destroy the system. Judges can rule that the sky is green and the grass is blue only so long, as a teacher who teaches falsely will eventually lose all his students.
In 75 years since Israel’s founding, the world’s moral perspective has shifted from supporting the Start-Up Nation to now supporting the terrorist-led Palestinians. Just imagine if a mugger snatched your wallet, and while you were struggling to take it back, the world changed its mind and passed a law making theft of wallets legal. Terrorism went from a scourge on humanity, to having global support. As long as there is political gain from opposing Israel, opposition will grow. And if a young Mashiach were here, he would be asking, “why?” And if you answered that it’s anti-Semitism, he would be asking, “why?”
The U.N. and other current peace-building mechanisms are increasingly failing the globe and increasingly turning against Israel. We must improve the current system or invent a new one now, before the next inevitable World War, or cling to this sinking ship of an ineffective system like the League of Nations, which became a debating society that failed to prevent World War II. And by improve, I mean something better for Israel, better for the United States, better for Judeo-Christian values, better for all of Western Civilization, better for every beautiful and unique nation and tribe and culture and religion and people; and better for the whole world.
Of all the reasons Israel is being smacked around like a ping-pong ball in the U.N., the ultimate one is because we haven’t thought of something better. But by asking questions, maybe we can indeed find something better. Remember that the only thing that can stop an idea, is a better idea.
Maybe there is an idea that is much, much better.
And maybe that idea is coming.
(To be continued)
The above is, Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 1:
The theoretical beginnings of a better global peace-building system is discussed in:
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 2, posted separately.
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 1, is posted separately.
Here starts, Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 2:
The theoretical beginnings of a better global peace-building system:
The Jewish people, the source of Western Civilization’s morality, are increasingly opposed in the world, despite being more moral than most, if not all other nations. The anti-Semitism that arose against Jews in nearly every generation and community we have lived in as a minority, now appears to be going global as our globe becomes a “community.” The Holocaust was a killing of Jews across many countries simultaneously cooperating, and on this trajectory, the mental illness of anti-Semitism may soon infect much of the world. The Jewish nation defending its right to exist regardless what the world thinks, as the dear Golda Meir said we should if we must, may not solve a worsening problem forever, without more.
75 years after the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, of all the nations and their wrongdoing, the Jewish state is on trial for defending herself after the October 7th massacre. And likely, those putting Israel on trial have no consideration for the possibility that their legal actions may instigate more violence. Even though surprise attacked, Israel’s favorability in one poll has dropped nearly 20 percentage points since the attack across nearly 50 nations, and Israel now has deeply negative favorability even in Western allies like Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
If not for the United States’ veto defense of Israel over 40 times in the U.N. Security Council in recent years, the global community would have destroyed Israel long ago through a combination of military attack, when that fails: terrorism, when that fails: political attack, and when that fails: boycott, and when that fails: international law. And they will even destroy international law itself to do it. The logical gymnastics of terror victims’ families on trial are worthy of gold medals, and yet it makes perfect sense to the accusers. Those who come to see the Jews as evil, themselves become evil, as their moral perspective is skewed by changing ideological phenomena. And they are neither able to learn from history nor look in the mirror to see it.
On our current path, sooner or later, one day Israel may be alone. And even if Israel were no more, the same irrational anti-Semitism would just become irrational anti-Americanism, irrational anti-Judeo-Christianism, and irrational anti-Western Civlizationism. The tide is growing against the people who codified the value of human life. Global opposition is growing against the United States, the greatest contributor to human freedom in history. And soon Western civilization, Mozart and all, may be despised and targeted for elimination to the sound of thunderous applause. Of course, the nukes will be deployed long before than fully materializes.
Our international system is unable to stop the current Russia-Ukraine/NATO war – the largest land war in Europe in 70 years. It is unable to stop the Israel-Gaza-Iran proxy war, the largest Middle East war in a half a century. it is unable to prevent China from invading Taiwan. These moving pieces may be the beginnings of a slippery slope from which humanity may never recover. Eventually, all of humanity may fall into permanent nuclear dark ages, despotism, and savagery devoid of light, unless we fix our current path.
We need something new – something better for Israel and the world.
So until Mashiach comes and accomplishes all that he will, I believe we should try to understand our problems better. Much better.
I woke up from the most amazing dream one beautiful morning, in which the whole world loved Israel, and there was world peace. As I woke up, the feeling of love for Israel and world peace was so thick with realness I could touch it with my hands, and swim through it. There was world peace not despite us, but because of us.
So I asked questions. I asked, “why?” “Why do so many sometimes irrationally oppose the most moral peoples?” “Why doesn’t Israel have peace?” “Why don’t we have world peace?”
And then I asked better questions: “Why can’t the whole planet worked constructively toward solutions together?” “Why can’t we as humanity understand ourselves better?” “Why can’t the world see Israel’s moral perspective?” “Why can’t we all see each other’s viewpoints and be on the same drawing board?”
I even asked impossible questions: “Why solve one major world problem, when we can solve them all?” And then, “Assuming there is a way to make world peace, from my limited knowledge and resources, what would that look like?”
Eventually, silly me, I asked the most impossible question backwards: “Imagine that all of humanity made world peace, imagine everyone generally got along, and we were able to remain rational and work through our divisions and achieve incredible things, and imagine it was brought about by some kind of human/spiritual ingenuity that accomplished this. What would it look like at its very beginning conception?”
The PeaceMatrix™ is the answer I got.
Like a curiosity I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around, for about four years now I’ve been wrestling with my beautiful dream and its derivative questions. What if there is a completely different way to resolve human conflicts and make peace?
The question became chains of questions, and increasingly looked like the conceptual framework for a new system of global peace-building with potential to resolve every conflict between every nation, tribe, culture, religion, and political viewpoint, and establish world peace.
What if two miracles that can’t be accomplished separately can be accomplished together? Stranger things have happened. Israel playing a role in helping develop and implement a revolutionary new type of global peace-building system to not only solve its own wars but others’, could correct the world’s perspective to see Israel as a moral center again. Maybe much of the world’s opposition to Israel is in the gulf between Judaism being source of Western morality and all the diverging ideologies that seek to create new moral frameworks, and maybe this is the way to fix it.
As we wait for the coming of Mashiach, imagining his adventure one day may be a clue to our path forward now. If you were a hyper-optimist with faith in the ability of God to accomplish anything, you wouldn’t just think of solving the Palestinian versus Israel problem, but Palestinians versus the “Palestinian cause” problem, Palestinians versus Arab nations problem, Iranian leadership versus its people problem, Europe versus uncontrolled migration problem, and perhaps every other also, to truly be “a light unto the nations.” In my article the Metaphysics of Anti-Semitism, I asked; “What if within the mysteries of why anti-Semitism happens are the secrets to solving all conflicts amongst mankind?” After all, if we could figure out that paradoxical hatred, we could probably figure out them all. Perhaps it’s the best we can do until we get to Mashiach, “And he will judge between nations and decide between peoples.” (Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:1-3.)
Wanting to solve all wars may seem delusional, but the other option is to proceed towards the world’s increasingly nuclearized and uncontrollably-polarized path hoping nobody ever uses them, which is at least as delusional.
I, for one, refuse to accept that the story of humanity is; “fought since the dawn of man, invented nuclear weapons, invented social media, destroyed ourselves, the end.”
We must be more rational than that. Perhaps the goal, until Mashiach comes, is to turn the world more rational; less driven by ideological polarization and emotional compulsion; more pre-frontal cortex, less amygdala. Maybe that’s what Ezekiel 36:26 means when it says, “I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
It makes some sense that with system that is pro-Israel, pro-U.S., pro-Western, pro-conservative, pro-Judeo-Christian, pro-every unique and beautiful culture, that synchronizes moral perspectives, with Israel, and everyone else, with the jewish people being a key in building world peace, the world might actually fulfill my dream and love us.
By the way, synchronizing moral perspectives is one of the keys to maintaining peace among humanity. If our in-group versus out-group polarization is not determined by (aligned) moral perspective, then it’s going to be determined by worse criteria like race or tribal association, short term power gain (think Russia China Iran), or sympathy towards whomever is suffering most in that moment (You guessed it, now Palestinians). Ideally, polarization would be determined by soccer team, or even us all together against a common goal, if I continue dreaming long enough.
As a side note, empathy triggers brain neurohormones like oxytocin, which is activated in the central nervous system with in-group identification and bonding and trust, and which is conversely reduced when dealing with an out-group. With repetition, triggering empathy causes people to be conditioned to side with Palestinians on a neurochemistry level infinitely more powerful than logical analysis of the moral points of the parties in conflict. That’s one reason intelligent people side with terrorists. It’s also why Jews are only widely favored when suffering. Most countries are troublingly aligned by tribal interest or short-term interest, and increasingly the U.S. alone operates under a moral code as the world’s policeman. Most nations are happy to avoid that burden, and just take advantage when convenient.
Without synchronization, eventually the same anti-Semitism-like polarization that targets Jews for our morality will eventually target the United States for its moral positions, and Christianity for its, and eventually all of Western Civilization. And we are already starting to see it.
To make peace, we not only need to win the rational argument, but also turn the world rational enough to accept it.
What is the PeaceMatrix™?
As I struggled to understand and explain human conflicts, I realized that a key reason for war is that we are arguing over the wrong issues. We spend most of our time and energy arguing piecemeal over the inflammatory issues, not the constructive ones. We spend our time trying to convince everyone that the other side is evil, without even scientifically mapping the varying moral perspectives of what “evil” means. Leaders often become bottlenecks warding off good ideas. Our focus is usually during war, not calm when opportunities arise. Points of progress are missed like ships passing because we have no central organization system for the debate, no common ground, no way to advance the discussion constructively beyond the limits of the human character and our current communication systems.
I realized that the way we see wars, through the lens of our media and current events and experts, is insufficient. What we need is precisely a divine perspective.
How did I invent it?
As I struggled to understand and explain the world’s conflicts to answer my questions, I kept organizing and reorganizing their elements, again and again. Eventually, it dawned on me that I had categorized them. By properly categorizing the elements of our disputes, we put everyone on the same page, and that is literally more powerful than anyone can imagine. What initially may look like a mind map diagram, or even the best conflict-mapping system on earth, can actually be something far more amazing. Our problem is not lack of information, but inability to properly organize it and give it constructive purpose.
The PeaceMatrix™ is an organization system for the subcomponents of all human conflicts.
The PeaceMatrix™ is a modeling system that creates geometric models of every scenario and viewpoint of every conflict, categorizing and breaking down its elements under 26 primary question categories (A-Z). If parties watch different media, read different books, or have different values or goals, they are nowhere. But imagine a single drawing board for all of mankind to communicate, cooperate, and collaborate in a solution-oriented manner. With all elements of all conflicts in categories (definitions, wants, history, synchronizing moral perspectives), we can channel attention away from inflammatory issues towards the workable details of problems, and their solutions.
Such a system may one day give everyone a divine perspective by letting everyone see all sides of every point of every problem. It resolves cognitive dissonance by presenting all viewpoints; your viewpoint of your side, your viewpoint of my side, my viewpoint of your side, my viewpoint of my side, etc., essentially empowering those with functioning prefrontal cortexes. It can make every tribe mighty if morally correct. And since that morality is objectively based on Jerusalem’s 3000+ years of wisdom as a source of Western morality, and invented by a Jew, in a sense, regardless where it is geographically located, the conceptual framework is based on Jerusalem as its moral center. Though, it would be nice if it were in Jerusalem, too.
The closest conceptual work I am aware of to the PeaceMatrix™ is the work of Ken Wilber, who has been called the “most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times” by former New York Times Reporter Tony Schwartz per Ken’s book, Eye of the Spirit. Ken Wilber is author of many books including “A Theory of Everything”, and he is the developer of “Integral Theory”, a method of bringing together all disciplines and mapping out all human possibilities applicable to nearly any field under a four-quadrant model called AQAL “All Quadrant All Level”. Those quadrants being self and consciousness, brain and organism, culture and worldview, and social systems and environment. The closest application conceptually to the PeaceMatrix™ that I have found is the application of Ken Wilber’s system to conflict resolution in a book called “Integral Conflict – The New Science of Conflict”, by Richard McGuigan and Nancy Popp. I was lucky enough to discover both Ken Wilber and his work, as well as Integral Conflict – the New Science of Conflict, only after having already completed the fundamentals of PeaceMatrix™’s conceptual design, framework, and basic implementation strategies. The PeaceMatrix™ is designed to do everything their ideas do, but is superior in many ways as I specifically designed the PeaceMatrix™ for conflict resolution. Most of their developments may largely fit in 1 of 26 categories that make up the PeaceMatrix™ system, the Culture/ideology Chain of the broader, even more mega, meta PeaceMatrix™ system.
What are we organizing?
Since human conflicts are caused by unanswered questions, the PeaceMatrix™ is an organization system of a conflict’s outstanding questions. While answers are almost always wrong, good questions open consciousness and the metaphysical universe of infinite possibilities. For example, if someone calls you a bad name, you can either yell back at them and escalate, or ask them their definition and watch their amygdala shut down and their prefrontal cortex kick in as they suddenly look like a deer in headlights starting to think. People who cannot agree on anything else, may still be able to agree on a question to ask. And then, a series of questions. The system asks questions like the Talmud, then asks another question derived of the previous question, and so on infinitely, until we arrive at answers. My parents will be happy to know that my childhood habit of asking questions to the complete surrender and capitulation of all nearby adults may be fully realized.
The PeaceMatrix™ system is designed to create a living, growing puzzle of outstanding questions representing any conflict, combining understandings of psychology, philosophy, history, domestic and international law, geometry, human nature, neurochemistry, and metaphysics. It allows development of chains of derivative questions, meanwhile extracting and hyper-organizing all of humanity’s best ideas. We use one puzzle, to solve another puzzle. No more wars. It asks “why” like a child. It’s an expansion of global consciousness, for mankind to finally have a divine perspective, to put down the sticks and stones, and finally be able to think. Eventually, every potential and actual conflict on earth may have its own PeaceMatrix™, with the entire world collaborating to solve it. I figured, Jews always love to answer a question with another question, so maybe the way to make the world more peaceful is to make it more Jewish.
The best part is, I don’t need anyone’s permission to implement it. Not that those running the United Nations nor anyone would ever hand over power to anyone else, let alone me. It’s not a power-based system, but a communication system. It’s self-implementing. As it grows and helps resolve more conflicts, theoretically, it’ll draw more power from ineffective systems, increasingly assisting if not replacing the role of every other system of peace-building. Its use will grow and become unavoidable, because nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
I know Jews are concerned that any “objective” system will turn against minority Israel like the United Nations, International Courts, international organizations, and so many communities and nations have. Well first, that means we don’t have much to lose. But the system I propose is not a majority-vote democracy in which anti-Semitism can spread and dominate. Rather, it shows all viewpoints, including contrary viewpoints, and focus is channeled according to depth of constructive analysis. The world is so obsessed with a misconstrued understanding of “democracy” now, that we forget a majority can be mistaken, by belonging to a single viewpoint that is mistaken. Mark Twain agreed, that “whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.”
I know Israelis also have a deep concern of any thing labeled “peace building”, because such systems turn Leftist at the expense of Israel’s security. My system is designed to objectively re-center the world’s moral perspective around the values of Israel, Judaism, the United States, Judeo-Christian values, conservative values of all cultures, and protecting and preserving every beautiful tribe, nation, and people. It has a built-in moral framework that prioritizes quality of viewpoints, rather than political pull or brut numbers, and by a party’s contributions to humanity, longevity, indigenousness, uniqueness, history of non-aggression and non-conquest of others, asking good questions, and the ability to accept diversity of perspectives. Whereas a hostile ideology in conflict cannot withstand a diversity of opinion, with one Jew you already have two opinions. So it is objectively a pro-Jewish system.
In short, the PeaceMatrix™ is an infinite global chess game of questions where the opponent is the conflict, not the other party. It’s the solution in a world where the logically-flawed ideologies that make war cannot withstand debate, or a multi-perspectived analysis of a few good questions. It’s an ongoing perpetual debate in diagram form until the conflict is solved. It’s not a power governance system, but a communication system. You don’t need an army to defeat another army; you just need to ask them a question they can’t answer. As I have said, the opposite of war is nuance.
The PeaceMatrix™ is a metaphysical weapon that destroys the elements of conflict. All human conflict. and I believe it will change the world. Maybe instead of a “peace-building system”, I should have called it a “conflict analysis, dissection, chew up, spit out, evaporation, and elimination system.”
While the theoretical system is merely in its infancy, I’ll show you how it works in the next segment.
End of Part 2
(To be continued in Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 3, also known as, “the good stuff”)
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 1 & 2 are posted separately.
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 3, starts below:
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 1 & 2 are posted separately.
Adventures of a Young Mashiach, Part 3, starts below:
The world doesn’t know how close it is to Armageddon. It’s just an ordinary day to most. People go to work. People waste time. If they only knew. The risk is great that the story of humanity may soon be, “fought since the dawn of man wielding sticks and stones, invented nuclear weapons, invented social media, destroyed ourselves over nothing, The End.”
A wall is approaching the path of humanity. It is our own human nature. It takes us to war every generation, and yet every new generation forgets, thinks they are smarter, and that it won’t happen again, and repeats it. Next time it will be nuclear. Unless an anomaly stops it. But that anomaly likely has its own challenges.
In every generation, just like how teenagers think they know more than their parents, new ideologies sprout up and say the Jews are evil. It’s almost that natural a phenomena.
If Mashiach were here now, he might solve all our problems. But while he is not yet, here are some questions we might want to ask to avoid destroying ourselves until he gets here.
The world is wondering, “why support Israel?” The answer is, because whatever new evil ideologies arise first attack the Jewish people, and unless stopped, attack them next. The Jews are the “canary in the coal mine”. But how do we explain that to a world that sees each side askew, through a lens of ideological distortion and human emotion? Why is Israel correct and so much of the world’s combined viewpoint mistaken? How do we objectively prove it without Israel as the moral compass? The Bible would work, except the Bible is increasingly opposed also. International law would work, except the deciders lose perspective, change definitions, and end up accomplishing the opposite of what it intended. Right now, the same law designed to prevent genocide against Jews, is now being used as a weapon to destroy Israel so the world can again commit….you guessed it…genocide against the Jews.
Whoever and wherever Mashiach is, maybe he is trying to get his email working and his password reset. Maybe he is stuck in traffic, or struggling to get over life’s basic obstacles. Someone who will be able to do what he will, will probably have difficulty with the everyday. Moses could not even convince his fellow Jews to want to leave Egypt before demanding Pharaoh let his People go. Per Exodus 4:10, “Moses said to the Lord, “I beseech You, O Lord. I am not a man of words, neither from yesterday nor from the day before yesterday, nor from the time You have spoken to Your servant, for I am heavy of mouth and heavy of tongue.”. Per Exodus 6:26-30, “But Moses said before the Lord, “Behold, I am of closed lips; so how will Pharaoh hearken to me?” Moses’ brother Aaron had to speak for him. Similar was David, the weakest and youngest brother, a feeble sheepherder, the last person most would have expected to be defeater of Goliath and King of Israel. Maybe we can expect Mashiach, when he comes, to have similar qualities and challenges.
Until he gets here, I’m exploring my ideas to resynchronize the world’s moral perspective with Israel and build global peace, like the PeaceMatrix™. We not only need peace, but the right kind of peace; one that protects Israel first as the source of Western civilization’s morality, ends global support for Hamas, liberates the Iranian people, and rebalances the world’s moral compass.
The system is not fully built, or even complete in its development, but we are close to being out of time.
So I’ll show you how it works. Of course, I’ll need a problem to show you on.
One theory behind the PeaceMatrix™ is that the world’s conflicts are caused by unaddressed questions, and the solutions are in the paths of those same questions.
In the two-year Russia-Ukraine war, a peace deal was a few sentences away from being agreeable nearly two years ago. While peace talks were underway in April of 2022 in Istanbul, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson flew to Kiev on April 9th, and told Zelensky not to sign the peace agreement that would have resolved the conflict for secure Ukrainian neutrality. Today, we must do more than ask, “what do the parties want?” What the parties want depends on the misaligned power interests of the world continuing to be misaligned, based on more unanswered questions, so the conflict continues. We have a broken system in which the media covers countless attacks, casualties and tear-jerking stories, but gives no attention to the few key missing sentences between Biden’s position and Putin’s, that may actually resolve the conflict.
In China-Taiwan, maybe unification is right and maybe not, but the world can’t even help both the Taiwanese people and China ask key questions about the perfect China-Taiwan relationship, nor calibrate moral compasses, nor properly examine the key question of why the Taiwanese are or are not a unique people and culture, nor foresee the future expansions of China with its expansionist ideological trajectory, nor know the responses of Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Australia, Japan, or the U.S.. Putin misunderstanding the degree to which Ukrainians are a separate people and culture is partly what got us in that mess also, if China wants a road map not to follow into a similar abyss.
The polarization of the Russia-Ukraine war has spread across the globe, aligning Russia, China, Iran and North Korea in a union of each pursuing their own selfish and separate power goals. Once their individual quandaries are deep enough, it’s a pretzel we won’t be able to untie without nuclear war. Their alignment is helping fuel the conflict between Israel and Hamas, as all of Israel’s enemies feel empowered by the backing of Russia and China. Yet, glaring questions like Russia’s and China’s responsibility likewise go unasked.
Unless we improve our systems, ask and answer the right questions, humanity may well destroy itself for any of countless miscalculations, misunderstandings, or unnecessary quarrels.
It is my dream that the development of a new system of peace-building will reveal that all of the world’s conflicts can be solved in a few simple child-like question chains that humanity has simply grown too “adult” to ask. If the solutions to our problems lie where we are too afraid to look, why don’t we develop a system to ask the unaskable questions. Maybe answers are just waiting for us to find them.
The goal of the PeaceMatrix™ is to develop the puzzle to find the best questions, by asking questions of questions, until we find the questions that are the keys to unraveling the conflict.
A PeaceMatrix™ dissects 26 categories simultaneously, including:
B-Chain “What is the most important understanding about the parties and terminology for peace?”
C-Chain “What is the most important understanding about the history for peace?”
D-Chain “What is the most important understanding about the parties’ wants for peace?”
By developing the question chains, and the patterns they reveal, we eventually arrive at a divine perspective. And we might just solve the whole conflict with a few child-like questions we’ve grown too adult to ask.
PeaceMatrix™ categories (26) include all the elements of all human conflicts and their solutions, including:
A-Summary and scope
B-Parties and definitions
H-Culture & ideology
Here are some examples of chain derivative development:
(Please note that the PeaceMatrix™ is a fluid system and questions and coordinates change as the process develops)
(D-Chain – Wants)
D3a – “What is the long-term solution of anyone who wants a ceasefire?”
D1G2 – “How can the Palestinians give up their desire to destroy Israel?”
D3b – “What are the implications of the ideological alignment between those who want to destroy Israel and those who just want to help suffering Palestinians?”
Since the conflict is fueled by the merger of an ideology that wants to destroy Israel with another that wants to merely stop the suffering of the Palestinians and its global implications, why don’t we map out their distinctions and develop a solution for one without the other, or even at the expense of the other? Then, the ideological polarization is no longer united against Israel as the out-group. See my article on “The three-Option Plan.”
D3b1 – “How do we separate those who want to destroy Israel from those who want to help Palestinians?”
D3b1a – “What peace scenarios involve helping the Palestinians while strengthening Israel’s security?”
D3b1a1 – “Who will and won’t support such scenarios and why?”
(F-Chain – Communication)
F2a – Why isn’t there a communication system for the Palestinians to improve their own political process?
We could ask strategic questions:
(S-Chain – Why Resolve)
S1 – What if October 7th was a distraction so Iran can cause a war, get the bomb, dominate the region, and take control of Saudi Arabia as they have claimed a desire to?
S1a – “How can moderate Arab states work in their own interest to prevent a nuclear Iran?”
S1a1 – “How can the world correct dangerous Russian, Chinese, and North Korean support for Iran?”
S1a1a – “What is the nature of responsibility of these states if Iran fuels conflict in the region?”
We could ask cultural and identity questions:
(B-Chain – Parties and Terms)
B3 – “How are Palestinians separate from or aligned with the broader Arab and Muslim world?”
B3a – “How does Palestinians being Arabs and Muslims affect their ability to negotiate in their own individual interests versus those of the greater Arab cause?”
B3a1 – “What is that broader ‘Arab cause?’”
We could map the factual histories:
(C-Chain History and Current Situation)
C1a – “What is the most important understanding of the parties’ history for peace?”
Much of the conflict now is because Palestinian ignorance of provable factual history of the Jewish people in the region and its meaning. Maybe there is an education system better than Palestinians teaching their children there was no Jewish presence in the Holy Land before 1948, which obviously leads to conflict.
The PeaceMatrix™ chains work together. If we know the histories, it helps define today’s accusatory terms so they turn constructive again:
B5c1 – “Why is the most constructive definition of “colonization” a culture with one homeland and capitol seeking to establish domination over the indigenous people of another land?”
With this definition consistent across all historic colonizers, it is clear the Jewish people are indigenous and have no other homeland, so only Arabs from Arabia who pray toward Mecca five times a day could be “colonizers” in Israel. The U.N. couldn’t properly define “colonization” and map out the parties’ histories in 75 years. In fact, there’s more ignorance and disagreement as to the evidence-based factual history now than when the dispute began. It’s like living under communism where the future was certain but the past kept changing. As chain development continues, we can examine why these hypocritical definitional problems exist in the first place.
D1 – “What do Palestinians Want?” leads to D1a – “Why would Palestinians stop hating Israel?”
Arab states have no answer to how the Palestinians would ever develop a Jeffersonian democracy to ensure polarization would be dealt with politically internally instead of all being directed at Israel. After all, no other Arab state in the Middle East is a democracy, so why would a theoretical Palestine be? And if all the polarization is directed at Israel, it doesn’t really matter what Israel does or doesn’t do, the war to annihilate her will continue. Especially if instigated by Iran. Why would any authoritarian ruler voluntarily take the personal blame for problems when they can just blame Israel?
We can also ask constructive questions, like:
(U-Chain – non zero-sum-game analysis)
U1 – “What potential actions help both sides and harm neither?”
That quickly leads us to ask:
U1b1 – “Why not allow Palestinians who want to leave to relocate (temporarily or permanently)?”
We know this is a key issue, because the first and foremost demand of every Arab state after October 7th was that not a single Palestinian refugee be relocated. If it’s the main request of Arab states in a 75-year conflict, as Shakespeare said in Hamlet, “the lady doth protest too much, methinks”. That would be the first un-askable question I’d ask. If some Palestinians want to relocate, and are able to relocate, even temporarily, it would help Palestinians, ease pressure from the Iran-induced conflict like letting steam out of a steam engine, and put all parties in a better negotiating position. Regardless whether Israel should or shouldn’t pressure Palestinians to relocate, the world still should not force those Palestinians who do want to leave to stay.
So good derivative questions naturally follow:
(X-Chain – Main solution development chain)
X3 – “Why not help Palestinians who want to leave relocate? (temporarily during the conflict or permanently)”
X3c – “What percentage of Palestinians would leave if they could?”
X3a – “Why won’t/should/would Egypt, Jordan, and other Arab states accept Palestinian refugees?”
X3a1 – “What would happen if the world compensated countries for accepting Palestinian refugees?”
If Gaza really is an “open-air prison” and “genocide”, aren’t Egypt, Jordan, and other Arab states, even the whole world that keep Palestinians who want to leave from leaving complicit?
Why does the world force Palestinians to remain there blaming Israel, when the world has no problem gleefully relocating every other people in conflict and taking in millions of refugees?
Israel is not keeping Palestinians in Gaza, it’s only keeping them out of Israel. It’s the rest of the world keeping the Palestinians in Gaza, by not accepting Palestinian refugees who want to leave.
If this isn’t the world’s moral compass, why is the world following this policy?
(H-Chain – Cultures and ideologies)
H3 – “Why is or isn’t such policy putting the “Palestinian cause” ahead of individual Palestinian’s interests?”
H3a – “Why is the world supporting the Palestinian “cause” over the interests of individual Palestinian people?”
H3b – “How is the “Palestinian cause” different than what individual Palestinians want?”
H3c – “Why or why not are “Palestinians” (named after the Philistines which are neither Arab nor Muslim) a unique and independent people versus an arm of an Arab or Islamic ideology?”
And if we keep deriving:
J1 – “Why is or isn’t Arab states’ refusals to accept Palestinian refugees consistent with the world’s morality of helping Palestinians?”
As we continue to ask questions about the Arab ideological phenomenon, we’ll get to:
(I-Chain – Writings)
I1 – What are the different Islamic views on following the Quran’s statement that God has given the “Promised Land” to the “Children of Israel”? (Qur’an 5:20-21, and 17:104)?
I1a – Why isn’t there a growing viewpoint within Islam that supports following this scripture?
(H-Chain – ideologies)
H1 – Why does one Islamic ideology that doesn’t follow the Qur’an and caused the Nakba have more support than ideologies that believe the Qur’an’s language literally means what it says?
Many in a dominant Arab ideology are not helping Palestinians, because they want to further the “Palestinian cause”, even at the expense of the Palestinians themselves. Their view is contrary to their own scripture, and done for ideological expansion purposes. And, the world is supporting it. Nobody disputes that Mecca and Medina are Islamic. Nobody (yet) disputes that Rome is the center of Catholicism. But much of the world is disputing the same for Judaism in Jerusalem. If not Arabs vying to take Jerusalem from the Jewish people, it might be Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, or other non-indigenous former-conquerors if their ideologies were expanding today.
A question underlying that is:
What is that broader Palestinian or Arab “cause” and why should the rest of the world care?
As I have discussed in my articles on Entitativity, ideologies do not behave according to their proclaimed values in conflict, but like separate living organisms controlling their adherents and seeking to survive, grow, and spread. The Palestinians can’t make peace because if they did, the Palestinian “cause” would die, and it doesn’t want to die. What else is suicide bombing, if not an expression that the individual adherents are the drones, and the ideology the true living “entity.”
With a system more powerful than the U.N., we might fix problems the U.N. can’t. We might finally ask the unaskable questions, to uncover the fundamental underlying ideological issues deeper than the U.N.’s structure, international law and definitions, and short-term state policies.
The B-Chain (“Parties”) will eventually lead us to examine the implications of Islam, having grown from 90 million in the year 1800 to 200 million in 1900; and from 200 million in 1900 to roughly 2 billion in 2023, and now dominant in 57 nations. By comparison, Jews still have not reached pre-Holocaust levels of just 16 million.
This is the most important thing to understand about Islam as a party.
Egypt used to be a Christian nation. So was Syria. So was Lebanon mostly Christian just 50 years ago, formerly referred to as “the Paris of the Middle East.” Afghanistan was Buddhist, as we saw from the beautiful Buddhist statues destroyed by the Taliban. Turkey was largely Christian until the time of the Ottoman conquest, now 98% Muslim. Iraq, Pakistan, and many other nations killed or expelled their Christian, Buddhist, and other ethnic populations. Over a million Jews from Arab countries were expelled and forced to move to Israel. Now, Muslims are expanding to and seeking dominance in not just Israel, but most of the 30 countries of Europe that allow such immigration, but many Asian countries, many African countries, Russia, China, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Philippines, and so more. This broader phenomenon wouldn’t stop if Israel became a Muslim nation, instead, the exuberance would accelerate it. Within this expansion, Iran’s regime has also grown more powerful, without real consequence, to exert influence in much of Middle East.
Yet, with all of that, Israel is being accused of being a “colonizer” and committing “genocide” for being on its indigenous land constituting 0.4% of the Middle East, while Arabs control the other 99.6%.
If Aliens came down to Earth, and looked at the actions of the United Nations, they would think Israel must be conquering the globe, and the Arab world a victim on the verge of extinction. The United Nations is unable to examine both the Israel-Palestinian question and the Israel/world-global Islamic expansion question together, regardless that they are the same fundamental moral question the world’s security and future hinge on.
The problem is not people believing different viewpoints, but the ideological polarization over such questions growing into conquest and conflict.If preserving one’s culture is natural law that has been moral for 3000+ years if not eternity, and most of the 193 U.N. member states and most other peoples want to preserve their own cultures as well, then Israel is not wrong for wanting to remain Jewish, but rather, an untenable new moral perspective is being ideologically proliferated for the sake of a conquest-motive.
The Palestinians claim they “want” a state, but have rejected proposed states at least five times, when it is not a stepping stone for further conquest of all of Israel.
As we develop the PeaceMatrix™ chains, they present patterns to the heart of the issues, and solutions. And eventually we reach a fundamental underlying question facing the world:
J1 – “Why is or isn’t Islamic expansion and colonization of the rest of the world’s 130 or so remaining non-Muslim countries, and all other religions, tribes, cultures, and peoples consistent with the world’s moral perspective?”
How’s that for a gem of a question?
In the I-Chain (“Writings”) we will see the world has already answered whether a nation’s army is allowed to aggressively invade another country and take it over by force in the U. N. Charter’s Art. 2 Para. 4 prohibition on use of force as “All members shall refrain…” The U.N. General Assembly also defined state aggression in Res. 3314 (1974), a crime against peace, as “Invasion of a State by the armed forces of another State…”
And in asking what is missing, the world must address the gaping moral loophole left unanswered:
J1a – “Why is or isn’t it moral/allowed for one culture to dominate and extinguish another if done by migration, birth rates, bribes, international law, terrorism and/or political pressure?”
That’s the gem of a fundamental underlying question the world faces now; that each nation separately, and the world together, must address.
If the world decided that this is moral, or immoral, that would be one thing. But if the world leaves it undecided, there is conflict.
There are many different ideologies within Islam, and many are good, moderate and peaceful people who want to live in peace and balance with all other peoples, including Israel. However, an expansionist ideology within Islam that seeks to (re)conquer Israel is the same conquest ideology seeking to expand and dominate Europe, India, China, Russia, Africa, and countless countries, peoples, and cultures. Even moderate Muslim states and peoples are at risk, with Iranian goals of overthrowing Arab states, and persecution of Sufi Muslims, as examples.
Ironically billions of people today are shortsightedly aligned with the umbrella ideology of their future colonizers. This includes Arab states, who might ask why stopping Iran from going nuclear is a more immediate concern than the Palestinian cause.
Whether Israel can remain Jewish is the same fundamental question as whether every unique and beautiful culture on earth is allowed to remain its own culture. And if they may, then so may Israel. It’s natural law. Yet, the world can’t answer it, and the United Nations’ structure is ill-equipped; one Jewish viewpoint controls one vote, and one Islamic ideology leads across most of 57 Muslim countries’ votes. So, they can support “indigenous rights for me, but not for thee.” Pure majority rule encourages consumption of smaller indigenous cultures, and thus conflict.
The world’s moral compass is skewed, but when clear, the world can no more demand that Palestinians have their own militarized state with a capital in East Jerusalem, than demand that Arab factions in Great Britain or France or Germany or India or Russia or China can have their own state and their own capital in East London or East Paris or East Berlin or East New Delhi or East Moscow or East Beijing with their own armies there. It’s the same fundamental moral question. If the world does not prioritize indigenous rights, then what’s left is encouraging conquest and colonization. And again, the problem is not Islam, but an ideology within Islam that provides for uncontrolled expansion to, domination of, and elimination of other cultures. At issue are not just derivative questions about nations’ immigration or ethnic group policies or international relationships, but also the philosophical, moral, and ideological “why” behind them. Not to mention, it is better for Islam not to allow expansionist factions and ideologies to go unchecked.
The world has answered that colonization is illegal in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), for example, Article 3, “Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination.” The world has applied those principles and answered that it is immoral for Europeans to colonize indigenous peoples of South America, Africa, India, or Islamic countries. Article 6 of the Declaration says, “Article 6 – Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.” The world has already decided it is not “racist” to protect indigenous rights. But the world has not yet applied the same principles and answered, whether it is moral for Islamic peoples to colonize the indigenous peoples of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the indigenous Jews in Israel.
The conflicts are the same because the moral question they hinge on is the same.
If you answer the fundamental question first of whether Israel may remain Jewish, consistent with all other peoples’ indigenous rights, then its easy to answer the sub-questions about why you can’t open up the floodgates with a Palestinian capitol in East Jerusalem, or a Palestinian army, or uncontrolled borders, or right of return. You also answer why other countries must take in Palestinian refugees, and why Iran’s leadership is wrong. You also answer why the Palestinians can’t be a state, if the ideology is just an arm of a broader “cause” to destroy Israel ahead of the interests of its individuals.
That fundamental question underlies all other sub-questions for policy consideration, because that divide ultimately terminates cultures on the wrong side of it. With this deeper question unaddressed, many nations are allying short-term with Islamic expansionist ideology now, but planning to later conveniently switch when it is their culture at risk. Which, of course, will backfire.
If we ask and answer the fundamental underlying questions, there may be peace, because conquest-minded Islamic factions won’t rise to compete over new territory they won’t control. And if we don’t, conflicts will get worse. Yes. Definitely. For certain.
That, in a nutshell, is how the PeaceMatrix™ works. You find the right question, you solve the puzzle, you solve the war.
In summary, it’s not just about moving beyond the moral void of our unexamined, conflict-plagued world currently forcing the Palestinians to remain where many of them don’t want to be without a solution, like a forced pawn in a chess game they don’t want to play. It’s not just about an ideology in the Arab world actually keeping the Palestinians in an “open-air prison”.
It’s about supporting or not supporting the broader “cause” for which they do so.
And until the nations of the world understand why or why not, they are next.
Daniel Ben Abraham
About the author:
Daniel Ben Abraham is the author of The PeaceMatrix™ Volume 1: The Mission to Implement the World’s Most Revolutionary Peace-Building System and Stop WWIII, and soon to be released, Volume 2. More at www.danielbenabraham.com The not-yet-operational mock up of what a future system may look like is at www.thepeacematrix.org
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