I Am The One
What I want to do
I have searched the whole wide web. There are only a handful, I mean let's say 300-500 people who think like me and express it so openly and advocate it on a regular basis; not more. Seriously, that's it. But I'm sure there are many more out there who think the same and the numbers who are expressing it is growing every day.
What am I talking about?
I don't want to say #OpenBorders as it is so controversial. I'm talking about #FreedomOfMovement.
The core thing is... We need to #EndGlobalApartheid We need to #EndInjusticeAtBirth
We should all be #Free2RoamTheWorldWeAreBornIn.
Refugees can be a priority to help, sure. But, a big BUT, everybody is welcome anywhere always.
Sure, you can lock your home doors and welcome only those you approve. Feel free to form groups by choice and free-will and outline your territory too. But put an end to this wrong classification of people. Countries are not the homes of governments and states' rights cannot be above people's rights.
Garry Davis was one “nut” thinking like me (i.e. that it is wrong to classify people according to where they were born and be enemies with them) and trying to do something about it. He has died. Steve Cohen, an immigration lawyer, author of “No One Is Illegal” was an outspoken devoted advocate. He has died too. I read that he was an "irascible and challenging as a person." I feel a special bond with such type of people. Colin Yeo who wrote those words for Steve Cohen added in parenthesis "(and probably would have been happy to be described as such)" I am happy to be described as such as well. I mean of course ill-temper is not so nice. But if the ill-temper is related to issues of injustice, especially an injustice not done to you but to others, it is a sign of moral outrage, and I strongly believe we need much much more of it in the world.
The people who think like me seem to mostly come from the UK. I guess that's because they are a nation of travellers too. They understand the need to move. They understand the desire to live somewhere else than where you were born. (Perhaps because they do not like living in the miserable weather of the UK ;)
There are many other people similar to me. There are so many people devoted to helping refugees and migrants. So many immigration lawyers donating their time and expertise. But I would like to repeat Thoreau: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
“It won't reverberate.”
“Oh good, thank you for the supportive words,” I said.
“I was just being honest,” answered my friend.
Good, I appreciate that. I advocate honesty and sincerity.: Without exception. Still... I don't need these remarks. I mean not that I mind, not that anything will stop me from what I have set out to do; I'm not even dejected by such remarks either. I've had so many people tell me such things before, telling me that I wouldn't be able to do this, I wouldn't be able to do that. People like doing that: Trying to put you off from the road you have set off to. I do not care the least bit. Especially in this day and age, it only takes one person, one prominent person who shares the same ideas with me to come across me on the internet. That's it. (I was once followed by someone who was followed by Obama. So I was just two degrees to him.) I'm waiting for that person to find me. I have total faith that s/he will if this project is something that is supposed to work. If not, I will be content with the knowledge that I have tried and done my best.
Even though I do not bother about such disheartening remarks, these are of no use to me. What I need is either direct financial support even if little, or forwarding and sharing of these ideas, trying to spread the word around.
“You are looking for applause.”
Come on, I am not doing any of this stuff for myself. What is the use to me? If I wanted applause, I'd know how to get it, I'd talk about my travels, post my travel and family photos, not go for this heavy stuff which most people avoid. If you want to discuss my subconscious desires, please go ahead, we can discuss them, I don't shy away from criticism. I'm sure I have many disorders, obsessions, things psychologists would like to “correct” in me. But I have given up working on myself long time ago. Especially after I heard a mother of a Down-syndrome child say that somebody asked her: “Who do you think discovered the fire?” The woman was so bewildered. Yes, which “normal” person would rub two sticks together tirelessly endlessly? So the world needs all kinds of people.
What's more, this is not the place or time to psychoanalyze me, can we just please do it after I finish this mission and we burn our passports? Can we just focus on the more important global issue to #EndInjusticeAtBirth rather than my personal irrelevant small matters?
“Burning passports is not a protest.”
Okay. You may say the idea of burning passports as a protest is stupid. I'm not claiming it is the contrary. But at least it is an idea. Anybody out there who has a better idea to get us towards that goal, please come forward.
I haven't seen anybody who suggests to do something to pull down borders. That's why I say "If there is anybody to change this “imbecilic” visa system, or to put more correctly anybody to be the kindle for this flame, I believe it's me." If this is being stuck-up, let it be. I have the background with three round-the-world tours, two on a Turkish passport, I know what it is to be living in a different country from your birth country, I have the will and devotion.
“Ah see, even you are thinking of burning your old passports, you have disappointed me, what will come out of that?”
What is this?? I mean come on... Should I just put my head into the lion's mouth, put myself at risk in vain, would that have satisfied this other “friend” of mine or other people I wonder. Burning current passports and risking jail is the least of my troubles. There really is a serious death threat to speaking up against borders in today's extremely divided environment. Why should I be putting my neck on the line? I mean I am putting it, I am willing to put it, but not so stupidly. Not in vain. Even going to some dangerous countries only for the sake of this mission is going far enough if you ask me. I want to live a basic, decent life just like everybody else. I have all I can ask for in life right now. I still do this, this “activism” because I feel compelled to do it. I feel the push from deep down inside.
It might fall flat, it might not get anywhere, it may just lay an egg, or not even lay an egg. But I have to try it. I have to at least be able to say “I did what I could. I tried my best.” And I will go on with this “mission” or project as long as the political environment does not make it impossible.
Maybe I am an impossibilist. But who knows, maybe I am not.
PS: Seriously... There are people saying “Open Borders” or “No Borders” or “Freedom of Movement”. But I haven't seen anybody propose something to achieve this goal. If you know of anyone, please let me know. Or if you have any better ideas, again let me know too; so that I abandon my mission and follow you.
If not, please join me in this cause. Think about signing your name, supporting my mission to every country, being a part; think about burning your passports. Would you do it? Would you burn your passports?
You don't need to answer now. There is still time. The date I set is September 26th, 2019. But the time has to be ripe. So we see...
I am the one to do this. But I cannot do it on my own. Join me and let's write history together!
I will be going to every country in the world only to burn my passports even if not a single soul in this world cares about it. Yet, I'm sure there are people out there who care. I consider them as family. I'm curious as to how big a family I have. I would also like to meet my family members.
What you can do
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