On the Shittiness of Humans...
“Humans are full of shit...”
Smiling, I agreed with this comment. “Probably including ourselves too. Personally just hoping to be a bit less...” I added.
If you want to see how awful people are, to see the real human nature, just browse the Internet a bit. You don't have to dig for long. Apart from the websites with ads jumping at you, websites with stolen content, all the scams going on... These, I can understand up to a point; people need to make money and they're resorting to anything they can think of. But what about the people who just insult, attack, curse others, those who cannot keep a decent argument, those who get personal and resort to verbal violence when they run out of arguments, when they know they are wrong? Have a look at the amount of comments removed on "decent" sites with community guidelines. Then go have a look at the uncensored comments on youtube. Especially on talks that may be controversial. TEDxEastEndSalon organized an event on immigration. Comments are full of insults. Just because people do not like the idea of other people moving around freely...
I'll keep the texts as they are so that you can see the grammatical errors and the form of writing.
“look at this subhuman faggot. should be gassed." one says to Alex Andreou- a Greek living in Britain. We have a saying in Turkish: “Kötü söz sahibine aittir.” Meaning “The foul word belongs to the owner.” No need for more comments. Still... It is disgusting to know that I share the same planet with such people.
But of course, what about the people that do not use foul words, that in fact use nice and flowery words but do awful deeds? I guess I prefer the former to them.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist (He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.) who came to the US at the age of twelve to live with his naturalized US citizen grandparents. Because grandparents do not count as immediate family, they cannot ask for him to become a citizen. He is one of those people that the government knows is in the country illegally but has not been deported. People ask why he doesn't apply for citizenship and become legal. Because he can't. He is gay, but of course he can find someone to get married to. If he pays. Then he has to pretend. Illogical laws just push people to lie and cheat. Some people don't, some do. And I cannot blame the ones that do. Because when laws are unjust, it's your obligation not to obey them.
"Fuck off, Vargas, you racist piece of shit."
Reads one of the comments under his talk. Is this it?
Another comment: "tell that to this illegal fuck. He's ignorant of the fact that he is a GUEST here and he shouldn't even be here."
“Illegal fuck!” Look at the language. Somebody who had no arguments had written to me “Be sure to always follow your doctor's advice and take your meds as prescribed.” The one I got seems docile after reading these comments. This guy himself is ignorant of the fact that he is a GUEST here in this world. And will be going... I agree... He shouldn't even be here but I, even if grudgingly, accept his existence in the same world with me.
"There should be a strict and harsh policy on immigration, it needs to be exclusionary and deportations should be increased, 10 fold, to avoid altering the ethnic European composition of the US population. This is OUR country. Not "a country of immigrants" randomly from all over the world. Our ethnic heritage dies out when we allow more foreigners to live here. We have our own issues to deal with before allowing you to suck welfare from our pockets and further colonize our lands."
This is OUR planet. Nobody has a right to divide it and claim soverignity over parts of it. It all ends up in people's self-righteousness, thinking that a part of the world belongs to them just because they were born within an imaginary line.... and they think they are entitled to it while others that were born outside that imaginary line do not. I cannot blame them. The world we/they grew up in has shaped their views.
But the funny thing... It only applies to them. At this time. They don't think "We didn't come here by invitation. The original owners of the land were native Americans. So we should hand it back to them and let them decide what they want to do, who they want to keep.”
I felt good discovering people like Andrea Guerrero who was a barrister and gave it up to work on changing the immigration laws because for every case she helped, there was nine she couldn't. I support her wholeheartedly. But of course, there are others who do not. Someone commented:
"It's both irresponsible and sad that TEDxNashville allowed a woman who may quite possibly be clinically insane to ramble on for nearly half an hour about allowing most of the developing world to migrate to the West in the futile hope of improving their lives."
Another labels the talk "psychobabble."
So much hate, so much insult. “Clinically insane!” Beware. That's what you may be called if you argue for free movement of people on the world they were born.
Another says "deport them all !!!!!!!!! NOW"
I wish I could deport all these people out of Earth, off they go to another planet!
Herrison Chicas tells of how immigration officers invaded his home one night, grabbed his parents from their bed, nailed them to the wall -crushing family portraits, and deported them. He says "I get it, you were just trying to show me what it's like to have foreigners invade your home and I got it."
"illegal immigrants are fleecing our economy, lowering our quality of life, and dis regarding our laws.take your bedbugs, roaches, and wetbacks , back across the border jumper."
What if all immigrants stopped working? We'd see what the country stands on...
Now everybody gets to talk, everybody has a voice on the Internet... Such a nice thing, right? This is said as a progressive discourse. I am not sure I agree. It's bad enough that people are shit inside, there is no need to exhibit that shit. I definitely would like a border between myself and these “subhumans” as they should appropriately be calling themselves! It's bad enough that I share the same planet with them.
Not all comments are bad. Some put their concerns decently. They are sincerely worried about becoming like a third-world country. They are not bad people in the strict sense. They are just genuinely voicing out a, most probably, truth. I sympathize and empathize with them. I personally would be with them too... Had it not been for the imaginary line...
It may seem impossible to get past those imaginary lines we, or rather some people have drawn for us, but it is absolutely necessary!
Some of the talks referred to in this text and some others for referral:
* Immigration is not a four letter word, Alex Andreou, TEDxEastEndSalon... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b81Yw-Os8RM
* Actions are Illegal, Never People: Jose Antonio Vargas at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012
* Immigration Reform: A Chance For a Better America: Andrea Guerrero at TEDxNashville
* Family and immigration: Herrison Chicas at TEDxCharlotte
* The Human Cost of Borders, Colin Yeo, TEDxEastEndSalon...
* Some Thoughts on Immigration, Jan Ting, TEDxWilmington
* What If You Were An Immigrant?: Beh Huh at TEDxPortland