Western culture is soaked so deeply with false optimism, with the commercialization of the most shallow kinds of feel-good stories, that it is often really hard for actually sensitive people to avoid adopting a permanent posture of cynicism and skepticism. So when a really powerful story of personal struggle appears, we owe ourselves a little room to appreciate it, even to shed a tear.
Today’s Haaretz has a brief video about Oren Almog, a 15-year-old who lost five close relatives in a 2003 terror bombing in Haifa. He also lost his sight. The kid is charming and clever, and has an incredible attitude towards life and the challenges he faces. Don’t miss it.