You want to be number one, to succeed in your life, to feel independent and in control of things in your life.
You choose your way, whatever it may be. You start at school, study hard, get good grades, work for your goals. You’re there for your family and your friends because you love them and you love life, and as an Israeli citizen you know there are soldiers who are keeping you alive and well.
So when it’s time for you to enlist you go and do what you need to do to give back to your country. But then everything stops – you can’t go on to study at the university or get married and have kids or do anything – not because you’re not good enough, but because you were taken captive by the Hamas.
Now it suddenly doesn’t matter what you will do with your life, where you studied or what grades you got, all you want is just to go back home.
Think about that for a minute – a lonely man who spends all day and all night in darkness, away from everyone he knew and loved, with strangers keeping him locked up and who knows what else. Think about your own ability to deal with that, for years, not just days. What would you have done?
This had been Gilad Shalit’s life for the past few years (!). Gilad is not the only one – seven other soldiers still haven’t returned to Israel. Some of them may be dead but we still don’t know for sure.
Imagine if this was your father, brother or friend. How would you feel if their lives had been snatched away like that?
In honor of Gilad (video from habbsterr on youtube.com)