In this day and age, we make many decisions with varying consequences, from great to small. One of these decisions that has been hitting the news as of late is the decision of whether or not to allow thousands of refugees from Syria into our country.
America has been home to people immigrating from other countries for a long time – from many lands, but in recent years, it seems we are getting more and more the want to come in – or come in through less-than-honorable means. The reasons I’m sure are many, but one overriding reason seems to permeate the atmosphere more than others………it’s better here.
Well, it’s true that America has been a great place for a long time, and we have made many strides, but it seems our economy has shifted to where it’s not quite to easy to welcome everyone in with welcome arms. There has been a shift from providing for our own country to providing for everyone else but our own country. We want to aid everyone else in the world, yet it seems our own citizens are made to sacrifice more and more in the name of this generosity. One of my friends posed the question: It’s not whether we should welcome in more people into our country – but can we? If we can…….for how long? What will it take to balance out this influx of new people into our country?
I get it…….the countries these people are fleeing from – they pretty much stink. The living conditions are much less desirable – and in many cases, are downright deplorable. They see how we live here in America, and want to chase that self-same dream – to have that same goal that people here have been chasing. Many people who have immigrated here over the years have found that life here is good – so much so, that some people come in even without letting us know. Well…….for one, we do need to know about who all is coming in, so they can be accounted for, because everyone puts in their fair share – a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay. You know how the adage goes, yet we have people from many other countries come in, work under the table, and then just send the money back to wherever they came from so they can support their families.
If you want to come join in the dream – great! All the better, but just remember that we all pay our share, and we’re all supposed to be accountable for that. That is one of the gaping holes that has gotten way out of control, and has hurt us more than it’s helped.
The other thing that has hurt this welcoming process is stigma – the stigma of where these people are coming from. We’re a paranoid world these days – it’s true. Ever since almost 15 years ago, this has been the case. We’re more wary than we used to be – more suspicious, because how do we know this person who is sitting across the cafe from us isn’t planning on blowing himself to kingdom come on a whim just because that’s how he’s been taught to think? It’s a scary thought, and one people in many European countries have become accustomed to, although that is certainly no way to live in a civilized world.
We look at different people with shifty eyes, and a sense of suspicion, because…….that’s what we’ve been taught to think? We have been conditioned to look at everyone with suspicion and contempt just because of what they look like or where they come from. I have known people of many races, faiths, nations over the years, and have made friends with a lot of them. Does this mean everyone should be painted with a broad brush? We would like to think not, but………it’s what we’ve been conditioned to believe. Why be a trusting, welcoming people when we can scrutinize every single person out there just because of what we see on the surface, or see on the news?
With our current crisis that is impending – welcoming in thousands of people from a land we know has a history of rampant violence, there are different ways this could come out in the end. Every single person could be coming in peacefully and adding to the diversity of our country…..or there could be terrorists actually in the crowd as we suspect, and we’d end up with more problems than we started. It’s hard to say how things would turn out, but in the end, a choice would need to be made, and then we would end up living with the consequences of that decision – one way or the other. Those who are wanting to come over are hoping that we would welcome them with open arms, and no one can really blame them – it’s brutal over there – nowhere anyone would really want to live right now what with all that is going on.
What most people are saying about Muslims are along the lines that they said about Christians from time to time – or any other religion in the world. They all have their dark horses in the mix, and it would be ignorance to say there isn’t, but does this mean every single person is aligned with the same intent? Can we truly know for sure? In one part of the Bible, it says to love one another as I have loved you, but other chapters state that people are judged according to the fruits of their actions and how they live. Any religion has an extremist segment to it – those who are going out of their way to make the point of their belief, and they always seem to do it the same way – through unnecessary violence. Is violence the key to every answer? I doubt it, but when it’s brought upon you, what choice do you really have? Let it happen……….or do something about it.
Many questions for this recent issue, and no easy answers.