|The best mantra...|
The aforementioned family trip was to Israel. I love a lot of things about my motherland, but they are seriously insecure over there. That's right; I said it! You've never heard an entire population say that everything is "the best" as much as you do in Israel. "I know a place that has the best hummus." "You have to go here for the best shawarma." "You never seen an apartment like this in America; these are the best apartments."
But my favorite was when my father's lawyer there tried to tell me that Israel was the best at being the worst! He was talking about the problem of the increasing gap between rich and poor in Israel, and I said, yeah, we're having the same problem in the U.S. right now. And he said, "No. Not like here. Here it is the most." And I argued, because I have an issue with not being able to just let things go, but you get the idea. It's an entire country of one-uppers. Israel is the best at being the best... Just ask them.