On the Crux of the Matter...
And someone retorted: “Let's see how you feel once you have illegal aliens knocking on your door asking for work every day, and neighbors with 50 people living in a small house making noise all day and night.”
I may not like it myself. In fact, I seriously do not like people much. But that has nothing to do with what is right. Don't you people do anything you personally may be worse off for because you believe that is the right thing to do? It is (should be!) a birthright to go anywhere you wish on the planet you were born. I had said "Can you believe it? A baby, by just being born within an imaginary line, is faced with a barrier to go out of that line." I cannot believe it, but I see that almost all the world believes it. And then I cannot believe how almost the whole world believes it!
Even well-meaning people who say they respect immigrants, they understand they are not bad people and want what every person naturally wants... Even they say “We would like to help but what can we do, we cannot take everybody.”
They go for a quota system. I have a different suggestion. Why don't countries put quotas on the amount of weapons that can be produced and exported? Why do you want to put quotas on people moving instead of putting the quota on the thing that is driving them out of their homes? Or what about putting quotas on the power of tyrants ruling countries or the world?
I gave so many examples. But it takes a smart person to take the right lesson and come to the right conclusion. It's not for people going around with a couple of bumper stickers.
Is Panama such a wonderful country, so civilized and advanced, have they made all the right choices? Have my awful "compatriots" tried to sneak in and do something bad over there? That I am to blame them? Why was I refused entry? What was the reason to block that specific region to a happy-go traveler going about her business?
Why was the Panama visa waived a month later? They realized that the Turkish were no longer a threat? Same with Brazil... Sounds so rational to me that I was a threat one day before, became a non-threat because the son of a Brazilian politician fell in love with a girl that happened to be born... you know the refrain by now... within the same imaginary boundry I was born.
I'll tell you another visa story. Exactly to the point of "terrorism." Years ago when I was to go to Tanzania, I thought we did not need a visa. Then I learnt that recently things had changed. Because there was a bombing in some embassy in Tanzania and allegedly a Turkish was involved in the case. So... Again, one guy did something bad. Let's suspect all the people who happened to be born within the same imaginary boundry as that man. "From the baby in the cradle to the 80 year-old ladies, all people born within the same imaginary line as that bad guy are suspects from now on!" goes the firman. Sounds pretty rational to me! (Note: This is a sarcastic remark. In case anybody out there gets it as if I am saying it is rational.)
What about the Indians living in America who are hassled to go back to their country of origin?
Oh, they betrayed the country by walking out the imaginary line that was drawn for them. They are traitors. Of course, it's pretty rational that they be denied to visit their dying mother if their visa has expired if they don't have the necessary papers. Pretty rational.
What about the Indian girl that was adopted in Italy who had to deny her Indian roots in order to go to India?
"Oh, that? She was unlucky." Shrugs shoulders... "Too bad for her. Nothing to do about it. That's how life is." After a while adds. "But she is actually lucky, she may go within more imaginary lines had she been raised in the imaginary line she was born in."
Yeahhh, right! I had not thought about that.
Besides, it's pretty rational for an obviously Indian looking girl to be considered Italian! Pretty rational indeed.
It's hard to explain all these as if explaining to a child, driving all the conclusions. Well.. If it needs to be done, it needs to be done. If I have the knowledge and experience to do it, okay, the task is on me.
Why do you have to categorize people according to which imaginary line they happened to be born in... If you have noticed I always use the sentence as "happened to be born" for one side. Because it is random. One does not have control. It is a birth lottery as some people say. Because my restrictions, the hoops I need to jump through or not, are always defined by some other person or people who happened to be born within the same imaginary line I was born. Oh yeaaah baby! Sounds perfectly rational to me!
Hurray to the power of imaginary lines over people's lives, over your life! And I write imaginary lines in short but you should always keep in mind that they are imaginary lines that were drawn by a literally bloody war or by metaphorically bloody politics. One cheer, two cheers, three cheers... All to the power of imaginary lines that were drawn by literally bloody war or by metaphorically bloody politics!
PS: Of course this is sarcasm too. Please let's dissolve the imaginary lines that were drawn by literally bloody war or by metaphorically bloody politics, let's put an end to their power over our lives!