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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The History of Humankind

Throughout our time on earth, ours has been the stories of mass migrations and social upheaval. By now it should have taught us that not only is migration inevitable, it is necessary for our ultimate survival.

Building fences or walls, sending armed marshalls or guards only foments hatred, dissent and fear among all the peoples affected and separates us from each other in ways that can take centuries to overcome. And all to no avail because one way or another migratory change is going to happen.

So why then are we all not taking positive steps to help incorporate new societies into the fabric of our own and stop wasting time and resources in preventing what is impossible to prevent.

Of course there are moral issues. We are watching scenes of  devastating  poignancy daily on our television screens and we are being threatened with dire consequences if we don't stem the tide of the masses that will overwhelm us. And so we convince our inner souls that it is right and necessary  to turn our backs on those who so desperately seek our help.

What is very disturbing to me is the dissention and, indeed, vitriol within our own society, within families and among friends -- nevermind Internet colleagues -- that is now rife. Personally, i come from a nation of immigrants and cannot forget that heritage. We are in fact all products of ages of immigration and migration and it is at our peril to forget that.

8 comments:

  1. I cannot agree with you more. I saw a cartoon here on Facebook that showed a Native American who sarcastically asked when we would leave, since we are all immigrants! There is so much anger and dissent that it truly saddens me, too.

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    1. I often think about how native Americans must feel with all the commotion going on.

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  2. Well said! You have articulated my feelings on this.

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  3. Indeed. I, too, come from America, land of immigrants (and natives, of course) and see no real problem with migration/immigration. The seemingly never-ending refugees from the Middle East and Africa landing on the continent should remind us all that we, humans, will always seek to live in decidedly better circumstances than those we were born into. -at all costs.

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  4. You've said this very well, and I can't help but agree with you.

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  5. Your post is so true. When I see how small countries in Europe take thousands of refugees in their little countries it saddens me to see that the US only accepts 70,000 per year from all the countries in the world. The US is so much larger than these small European countries. The American “old, white people” as they say in the TV forget that, not being from an American Indian nation, they are immigrants too. If their parents came before US immigration laws of 1924, then they were all undocumented aliens. But, for a country of immigrants, so many of them sure don’t like foreigners (I know...)

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  6. I am so proud of my homeland.
    Since you wrote this post the situation has worsened tenfold yet still here in the UK we do nothing.

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