“Had I read this piece before yours I would have said 'Wooow! Oxford professors are doing such a nice thing.'”
Well... To me, the premise of the status quo, the fact that people may be “not allowed” to Work (because of their “immigration” status) is so ridiculous that I fumed at the Guardian article by two Oxford professors taking it seriously and trying to argue for “allowing” people to work.
“You are on top of a mountain waving your hand 'Heeey! Come over here!'” Carlo went on. “But there are steps to get there. Not everybody can make it up there. You are like Shackleton. You have made it, good for you. But people will need time.”
“Eh okay, but take those steps quick,” I replied. “People are just lingering, wasting time trying to differentiate refugees and migrants, arguing international obligations. We need to get past all this nonsense and take pro-active action.”
“Even what the Oxford professors argue will not happen,” said Carlo. So I was basically asking for too much, for the impossible.
Well... If theirs isn't happening either, mine is better. Stretches people's minds. Besides, I don't believe I'm the dreamer, the real dreamers are those who believe things will stay the same while our world is changing.
And mine is a shortcut. I have found the shortcut to the mountaintop, no need to go through all those stages. Take that leap of faith. At least mentally and belief-wise. Then we think about how to make it happen, how to turn freedom of movement to reality.