Europe is being invaded and I’m laughing. But at the same time I’m weeping(really) because people are suffering and dying to escape from war and persecution. How sad it is to walk through a long, long underwater tunnel to get to your cousins, and to be turned back. To be unwanted.
Right now there are upwards of 60 million people, classified by the United Nations as refugees or internally displaced persons. They are wandering the world in search of a home. So sad.
But there are many funny stories in this big story. One of them is about Iceland. The government of Iceland said they could only take in 50 refugees this year. Then, the big-hearted people of Iceland got together on Facebook and 11,000 said they would be willing to take refugees into their homes! Ooops. The government was forced to reconsider. LOL. This is how it should be, the people should tell the government what to do and not the other way around!
Another story. Two countries said they will only take Christian refugees. That’s certainly laughable. What an un-Christian attitude! But perhaps Jesus Christ, the founder of the religion of “love thy neighbor,” would be weeping at this attitude among his supposed followers.
Another funny thing; some are upset that overwhelmed countries receiving refugees have not sorted them out properly. They want them to distinguish between “legitimate” political refugees seeking asylum and those whose children are merely starving. That’s because they would deport the latter. Good luck with that idiotic distinction.
You have to ask: did the European colonials have the same standard? When did looking for better economic opportunities become a censured thing? Europe, imperial Europe, the continent which colonized the rest of the world, invading and ravaging unnumbered cultures, building their wealth and resources by plundering and enslaving others, is now experiencing the discomfort of being invaded by hordes of people wanting to encroach on its resources. And I’m laughing. Because it is simple karma. It’s a weird sort of reverse colonialism taking place here.
But the funniest part is that they think they can stop this invasion. They can’t. Build a wall and it will be crushed. Establish quotas for refugees and they will be exceeded. And just as colonialism was unstoppable for the native cultures that suffered it, just as it is irreversible for the current generations that resulted from it, so will Europe be conquered, whether it wants to be or not. It is an inexorable movement, as sure as the tides of history. Europe is attractive because it has food, and shelter, and order, and peace. That’s better than the gold the colonials sought.
Resistance is hilariously shortsighted, because PEOPLE are a resource that the European countries need. They should be vying with each other to get as many bodies as they can inside their borders. Many countries have a population growth crisis, births are not replacing deaths. They NEED workers in order to have a healthy tax base, in order to preserve their elderly benefits, in order to safeguard the gains of several generations of socio/capitalism. The refugees coming in are crazy for work. They are people who know how to work hard. And they have more children than Europeans do, so they will inflate the population.
Give these children good educational opportunities and they will become the engineers and computer scientists that the future needs. It’s a win-win.
Fleeing from war, the refugees know the price of peace; coming from insecurity, they know the blessing of a haven; escaping intolerance, they are grateful for the smallest kindness. Welcome them with open arms, integrate them into communities, and they will be the first to protect the peace and security of the country.
In reacting to this global turbulence we must ask ourselves: “Are human beings free?” Or are they born with a stamp on their forehead, meant to restrict their movement upon the face of their mother planet? Borders have held us in for so long that we don’t even question the logic of it. People must move in orderly fashion, they shouldn’t just go wandering to find a better place. There is such a thing as “nationality” and people should abide by it. Right?
Well, if you believe that, then you must also believe that there shouldn’t be tyrants, and conflicts, and famines resulting from wars. There should not be drug cartels and sectarian armies and religious persecution. There should not be exploitation and multinational greed and egregious poverty. There should not be REASONS that make people want to wander. Beyond that even, there should not be children and families who are caught in the crossfire. Now what is more important, to respect boundaries or to protect the human beings?
What if countries declared their borders to be completely open? Anarchy, you say? Complete disorder? To have completely open borders across the entire world is Utopia, of course. Nobody knows how this would work. But what if this were the ultimate end game? Remember, in the beginning, there were no borders at all. Maybe, “the earth is one country, and mankind its citizens.”
Global migration has always been a fact of history, and the current world turmoil has simply accelerated its momentum. In a modern world with open borders freedom of movement would not be restricted or castigated, but it would be documented, so that there could be taxation and representation for all. Simple.
Viewed in broad strokes, the human movements of history become discernible as a fluid, evolving picture. Migrations, slavery, transportations, subjugations. Freedom, liberation, redistributions, equalization. Coalitions, councils, regional then continental alliances, treaties, leagues of nations. Non-governmental organizations, commissions, resolutions, declarations of rights, millennium goals. Global society, world undertakings, planetary trends, universal vision. Interplanetary endeavors, bold experimentations, failures, learning.
Europe, stop kicking and screaming and let yourself be led. The future is knocking and it’s your time to shine.
Note: Needless to say, the story of Europe is a cautionary tail for America and Asia as well.