There have been a number of posts about how someone’s ancestors (like mine) immigrated to the U.S. Were glad to be here, learned the language, and assimilated into the culture. That used to be the norm.
As is all too clear from the news that is not necessarily the case with immigrants today.
However, there is something else that is different that isn’t as widely distributed via the news. When my ancestors, and others, in the past came to the U.S. it wasn’t because U.S. individuals and corporations, and foreign tyrants, often with assistance from the U.S. government, had destroyed living conditions in their countries of origin.
That being the case, why would they want to come here? Why come to a country whose governmental policies obviously, and increasingly, show moral bankruptcy? A country which the home to those who have absconded with a great deal of their country’s natural resources? That’s a good question, however, it also provides the answer. They are just, as the phrase states: following the money. The wealth which, at one time, resided in their home countries, or was the land they lived on and farmed.
Countries are like ships. While conditions are acceptable on them, whose going to jump overboard and risk the dangerous swim to a ship on the horizon? Nobody, or very, very few. Everyone needs a ship to live on. We all need a home. We all need hope.
So, unless we want to see this mad scramble continue indefinitely, this mad scramble to find space in one of the ships of state where conditions still offer hope, one of two things has to happen. 1. We either try to revitalize conditions on the other ships in our world, or, 2. We kill a whole lot of people around the world, stop the flow at the source.
At this point a lot of you are offended, shocked by the latter option. Good for you, you’re still fully human. But there are some reading this who may not be shocked at all. Who will think, good idea, let’s take that second option.
There are a number of ways that a human being’s innate sensibilities can be numbed to the point the second option seems attractive. Ongoing trauma, over years, might do it. Chronic severe stress, again over years, might do it. Or belonging to a group, a family or club, which engages in practices designed to numb, to obliviate, those aspects of our humanity; empathy or any other innate connectivity to others, can do it. And if you aren’t already aware, there are such groups, families, and clubs. If you occupy a position of authority, it doesn’t seem to be all that difficult to find some who will blindly follow.
Humankind has a sorry history of people being willing to be used by those in positions of authority. We’ve been doing it for decades, centuries. Sometimes it doesn’t require a whole lot of effort on the part of those working to manipulate us to serve their agendas. If starting with a human being early enough, with the right indoctrination, mass murder can just seem normal. I think that was probably one of the goals within the Hitler Youth movement. There are many reports of practices among groups claiming to be satanic which feed such a state of being. And, as noted in the prior paragraph, there are others. If you doubt this at all, look around, events in the world clearly show there are a good number of people who do not flinch at the prospect of killing, murdering others to gain some worldly resource or another, or simply because someone in a position of authority told them to. They can be found in dark alleys, on battlefields, and they can be found in what has come to be known as “polite society”.
I tend to think it requires even less in the way of indoctrination to get people to perform activities which support rapacious, materialistic behavior when all they know of it are figures on a spreadsheet, abstractions. White collar crime has, in many places, had many of it’s forms legalized by those who benefit most from it’s practices.
So, what about the rest of us, those of us who are still fully in possession of our innate human faculties? Do we just follow the example of the three monkeys, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil? Following that model will only help pave an unobstructed road for those who seek to prey upon the world at large.
I am in the U.S., the examples I have given refer most directly to things going on the U.S. However, the behaviors, the actions, the dynamics described in this post are most certainly not limited to the U.S. The very same dynamics are going on around the world. Different predators, same activities.
What those of us who still are cognizant of the interconnectedness of life, who are still guided by our innate sense of what is fair and reasonable, must do is speak out, act out. Speak out the truths we know. Do not quietly allow those with purely self-serving agendas slant, distort and/or fabricate the information which is being disseminated within our communities. Act out. Vote whenever possible to support just causes. Participate in and support businesses and activities which truly are benefits to our communities. Refuse to participate in the machinations working to drain the economic life out of our communities. Refuse to participate in activities which are polluting our air, water, soil, our world, our very bodies. Discourage our young people from becoming tools for the militaristic destruction of other people, the takeover of other country’s resources.
Love one another as we love ourselves.