I just noticed now you know? Don't know why you don't want fit, able-bodied men but only poor old women & children in “your” country?
Do they deserve your compassion more? Do you want to look after the sick and the poor because you care, or do you want it so that you can feel good about yourself, so that it boosts your ego?
Our Twisted Sight
“Once again, able-bodied and fit men land on European shores...”
When I read this caption on a news, it just struck me as so ridiculous. Of course, it was an attack on “migrants”. People were claiming these men coming into “their” territory i.e. Europe, were economic migrants and not refugees. I know the discourse and the arguments of the opposition. Yet... I still could not grasp how perturbed that logic was. I mean I wouldn't want sick-old women and children in my house. Sorry, that came out bad and wrong. Of course I'd look after the sick and old if there be a need. What I mean is I'd rather have able-bodied and fit men who can give me a hand with work in the house instead of having to look after the sick. So apparently, people want the opposite!
I am not stupid. I know what they mean. They are trying to say that these men do not have a “right” to be here in Europe, they are not refugees.
When you look at things through the legal lens, you lose track of sense and sensibility. It's like the immigration lawyer who said “Good! Tell me the details, the more sordid the better,” when the child he was looking after said she was raped. The lawyer realized in horror how he stopped guarding the well-being of children and became a part of the system. He didn't say this because he was a horrible and senseless person, he said it because then the child and her family could earn the right for asylum. So something as horrifying as child rape is transformed into something positive. Just for the sake of fitting into laws to get what you want...
It works also vice versa. When you don't want something or someone, you find a ground to claim it is against the law. I repeat because I believe it is very important:
When you look at things through the legal lens, you lose track of sense and sensibility.
Debunking the Arguments
Of course, I know all the other arguments too. The assumption is, able-bodied and fit men coming to Europe are parasites and they're here to fleece the system or to rape women. I'm amazed how much trust or faith people have on the people born within the same border as they. Or how little trust they have on those born outside a line they believe in. I wonder how the results would turn up if there could be done a research on the goodness and badness of people in every country.
We are really suffering from a disorder. Wrong Classification Syndrome, it is a Blindness caused by the artificial construct of Borders.
I made a list of the arguments against migrants, against people being
#Free2RoamTheWorldWeAreBornIn and my answers to them. Here we go:
For the “Why don't they stay and fight?” argument please refer here.
For the “They're here for the freebies, “ I'm so surprised at the mind-reading, divination capabilities of such people. Or is it again a distrust of anybody born outside the imaginary line one is born in?
For the “They are economic migrants”, please refer here.
For the “They are terrorists here to attack us” argument, please refer here.
For the “Invasion of culture” argument, please answer me what is McDonald's doing in Africa or China? Why is Africa, as a continent, dotted with Coca-Cola or Pepsi umbrellas? Or Vodafone signs? Why is almost every country invaded by Hollywood movies? Why are so many Hollywood merchandise sold to kids everywhere around the world? Why is there no Pimpa (an Italian cartoon dog that my 4 year-old loves) merchandise in Italy but Elsa and Frozen are everywhere I turn around?
I'll take your arguments seriously and consider them only after you give an answer to all the above questions. Also refer to my article on horse vision.
While you are at it, have a look at Injustice At Birth and To The Selectionists.
So you want to select who can travel within the imaginary border you happened to be born in? Fine. Fair enough. But you cannot select who is born within the same imaginary border as you. You don't see anything wrong here?
If you have any other arguments against people moving around, please write to me and I'll try to answer and ease your concerns.
No, Justice cannot be given up even if it is impractical.
Let's not fail the basic test of humanity.