“So I mean in terms of frustration level or irritation I mean, how do you feel about that? That you know my passport allows me to go to Uruguay on the hydrofoil for the day trip from BA and just because you were born in Thailand you are not getting that same freedom or flexibility.”
Ric Gazarian asks this question to Pongtharin Tanthasindhu, a Thai, on the Counting Countries podcast. (Around 47-49 mins) And Pongtharin answers:
“It is what it is and there's nothing I can do.”
It is what it is???!!!!! It is what it is?!... Is it what it is??!!!
I mean, sure, it is what it is, BUT it shouldn't be what it is. Because what it is is the most ridiculous concept in the world that we all somehow keep on believing!
It shouldn't be what it is. Because it's wrong. It's wrong as in capital letters WRONG! And capital letter wrongs need to be changed. Not accepted as they are.
But how can things be changed if even the people who are discriminated by the system do not feel there is anything wrong.
It despairs me. People's belief in this anachronistic concept of statehood, citizenship etc.
I understand in a way, because I did not see it this way until I travelled to about 110 countries myself on a Turkish passport. We just are raised in this world to believe it is the way things are. But it shouldn't be so.
I hate it that these “shoulds” and “shouldn'ts” eat up my life. But I cannot help it. I suppose that's why I was put on this earth for and that's something I have to and do accept as “It is what it is,” as in “I am what I am.”
But I'm not accepting the unacceptable. And the current political structure of the world is unacceptable.
The economic structure is unacceptable too, but that is another long story.
Pong then says: “There is nothing I can do.”
Sure, there are things that you can do. You can at least start saying that this is UNACCEPTABLE and start banging this being unacceptable in people's heads. At least put a question mark in that place.
At least grab the opportunity to talk about it when somebody brings it up, not brush it away with “It is what it is!”
Oooh, you can tell my frustration and irritation on this matter is danger level high!
I'm the RED ALERT :)