On Political Guns...
I had said "Visas are the racism of our times" on the homepage of my website. I may have to change that. Writing here, saying that visas are an attack on those innocent ones... I realized visas are a political gun.
Because I see visas as the responsible for the death of Aylan and all the rest that have no name... Look at these photos again. There are more such news coming every day to this day in this cold! This is a disgrace. This is truly "humanity washed ashore."
If visas are responsible for migrant deaths, they are the guns. Who pulls the trigger on those guns? Politicians. Leaders of the world. They may not have done so directly, but indirectly, this was their attack on these civilians. To me, with due respect to every victim, not much different than 9/11. (And of course if you ask me, the innocents killed during the bombings of Iraq and Lybia and Syria and Afghanistan are not much different than the ones killed in 9/11, but I won't go into that.)
If anybody who argues for borders and visas, to keep them the way it is, was the parent of any of those children I'm sure s/he would say "Ah, but I was born in the Middle East where indigenous cultures are self-centered, fanatical, relatively ignorant, angry, undemocratic, and intolerant of others. How were those poor souls supposed to know that I was well-meaning and did not want to harm them? They came up with visas, rightfully. And I tried to skip it because life was hell. It's all my fault... I didn't play by the rules. The rules that were written by some powerful people, the rules that I was not asked for consent... But hey, it all seems pretty rational to me. My baby/child deserved to die. We are all a bunch of people who are crap anyway, they have made good choices."
Some people believe that visas are there to protect them. That's only the face of it... Visas really are a gun. That's why Russia pulled it on the "Turkish" when a Russian plane was shut down.
The Earth is one. And I never could understand how people blow bombs somewhere, poison rivers, dump their polluted trash in faraway countries... It's not as if the effects will never hit them. Sure, it may take time. But the next generation or if not the next the following will face the consequences everywhere as the air we breath, the water we use and the land we sow is all connected. The damages may first be concentrated in one area but over time, they diffuse. If extraterrestrials came to Earth, it would be a disgrace. They would say "Is this what you did with the world? Shame on you" and leave nodding their heads in disapproval and belittlement.
The world, not even a part of it encircled by borders cannot be yours -even if most people are made believe it to be so. People are confusing something material, something concrete with something abstract, something defined. A person is a person. S/he is a real entity. You are entitled to protect yourself and lock all doors in your home. But countries and borders exist only in the minds of men. I know, many people might disagree with me, claiming countries and borders are just as real as people. I'll tell you why it isn't so... A child understands intuitionally that s/he is a person, but do you know how difficult it is to explain him/her countries? I was trying to teach my daughter the countries of the world and capitals. She asked “What is the capital of dolphins?”
Nationalism, countries... People kill for such abstract concepts. A nation is not a conscious entity, even if you say it is the group as a whole. Countries are not the homes of governments. They are not! Can you imagine? A baby, by just being born within an imaginary line, is faced with a barrier to go out of that line. How cretinish is that! And people believe it... I'm just sad that almost everybody believes in this myth created by politicians...
How can one claim a nation represents a whole group when there is so much difference within? I don't classify people according to where they were born, their nationality, ethnicity or other, and I don't want to be categorized accordingly. Nationalism is like religion, it's like football. It is an identity forming concept. And people need identities. I understand that. They have a need to belong. I do too. But I don't see myself as belonging to the group of people born within the same imaginary line as myself. I like to think I form my own family and construct my own “country” all over the world from the nice and like-minded people I meet along the way.
What I find hard to accept is the selfishness of people. Just because they were born in a privileged country, they want to keep the privilege of being able to buy a ticket and fly anywhere they wish easily only to themselves. They don't see how unjust even the idea of that is, how it in actuality is a world apartheid...
Trouble is... People believe in the rules of the game. They believe the imaginary boundary they were born in belongs to them. They feel they are the owner of all of the States or all of Europe so much that they say "If you don't like the hoops here go somewhere else where you like the hoops." Such a childish reaction... But sad as well.
Trouble is... The rules of the game have been set wrong. They need to be changed. But you cannot do that when people stick and argue on the rules of the game , they own up to the rules because that's how they were raised, what they were raised with. They don't see that those rules were set by the strong and powerful.
I am speaking out because I don't want to be one of the silent accomplices of these "murders". I am speaking out with my real name and identity all out there. I am speaking out to at least clear my conscience a bit. I am speaking out hoping I may change the mind of even one person, that I might make them see things in a different light. I am speaking out to sow seeds that may make the future a bit brighter.
Somebody said “Frustration is not a reason to open all borders to uncontrolled emigration.” Sounds so logical, right?
It's true I'm frustrated. But why am I frustrated? I am frustrated that people are blind to the fact that visas kill these children and innocents. I am frustrated that no newspaper states this out loud, they all blame the smugglers and other things... I am frustrated that the media plays the three monkeys when someone (me basically) talks about these things, that they completely lack professional journalism. I am frustrated at the injustice of it all. I am frustrated that people are discriminated according to an imaginary line that was drawn by a literally bloody war or by metaphorically bloody politics. (I'm sorry I repeated that so many times but I feel I cannot stress this fact enough.) It may not be worth to open all borders because of frustration but you bet it is worth to do that to put an end to such injustice!