This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Seth Mandell
Last week the comedians of Comedy for Koby brought the gift of laughter to over 2000 English speaking Israelis in six different communities.
This twice a year event, organized by comic Avi Liberman, brings three different high level comedians to Israel. Proceeds benefit Camp Koby.
Monday night I found myself driving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with veteran comic John Mulrooney. John, who at the age of 53 just became a rookie police officer in New York State, was stressed because he was in the middle of negotiations for a reality TV show based on his "Comic Who Became a Cop" story.
The other side was imposing difficult conditions and pressuring him to sign right away.
"So why are they doing this to you? Are they bad guys, or what?"
"I have a friend," he said, "who told me not to assume people are evil when they may just be stupid."
I thought that was a good message to pass on. The reason for most interpersonal conflicts is not because people are evil, it's because many people are self centered or clueless.
Avi told me this morning that the other side gave in to all of John's conditions. Production starts immediately.