“Jerusalem is an insane place in some ways. It overwhelms people, and it has for centuries. The city is seductive, and people who are highly suggestible can succumb to this seduction. I’m always envious of people who live in San Diego, where history barely exists.”
— Yoram Bilu, an Israeli psychological anthropologist at the University of Chicago Divinity School, discussing “Jerusalem Syndrome,” where visitors to the city begin to believe they are the Messiah.
Like a typical foreigner – whether from Europe or the Middle East – Bilu shows what a historical idiot he is about the Western Hemisphere. Hell, a lot of Americans are that way! Even a cursory examination of San Diego will prove it has an extensive past – dating back some 20,000 years. But, who am I to try to reason with a psychologist?