285. Considering Equality in Times of Crisis
What is stopping us from actually evolving as species and consider creating solutions that regard each being as having an equal living right to exist in dignity?
An epilogue to our Refugee Crisis hangout:
 The Refugee Crisis: An Insider Perspective
I had a dream where my German friend would come to visit again and just as I did last time, asked him about the refugee situation and what his perspectives were. This time his entire face became furious, like absolutely fired up with the question, seemed like he was tired and to the brim of exploding about those he called something like ‘the fuckers’ that were invading them and using their resources, coming from THEIR hard earned work. For a moment I decided to give him the understanding look as in realizing the experience he’s into and wanting to not stir up more conflict, though I also found it necessary to take a stand and voice the situation which I had shared before in a recording about considering both sides – the Europeans and the Refugees – to come to realize that the only solution is to provide them with the best living conditions that are possible, to provide them the support they need to live decently. Of course, many could call this a Utopia, but isn’t it already what rich countries have created many times at the expense of those countries from which most of the refugees come from?
So I simply expressed my solution to my friend in the dream, and he simply ‘cut communication’ in the moment, so of course in the dream he had been present sitting in front of me, but in that moment, the communication turned into a skype-chat type of exchange where he simply refused to listen to my outrageous and gullible way of solving things.
In the past this same friend had expressed views that are against any form of basic income, because he argues that it’s not fair that others get money from taxes/money that others have created through hard earned work, and this is the stance that is valid when being on the shoes of a working person. But more often than not it is dismissed how many more of the problems that exist in our society stem from not having provided unconditional support for others to effectively grow and develop themselves in the same society that the hard working person will also seek to have the best life they can. Everyone looks to be safe, to have sufficient and many times more than enough to live well… however we don’t realize how the many problems that are usually encountered in society stem from – in many or most cases –the lack of proper financial support which turns into dysfunctional survival mindsets that create other outflows and consequences, such as domestic violence, addictions, fears and a general full-on survival mode, which becomes the breeding ground for crimes and other atrocities.
With this what I aim to say is that when denying support to others with the excuse of ‘it is my work, they don’t deserve it’ we are in fact shooting ourselves in the leg and creating permission to in fact create social instability when deliberately deciding to leave some out of the well-being standard, they will eventually become a consequence that will disturb such ‘well being’ or utopian type of lifestyle.
This is the same situation I see is happening in Europe, where the before immaculate places of perfection with financial opulence, law and order are getting now a massive backlash for mostly all of the “colonization” which is an euphemism to pillaging, scavenging, torturing, subjugating and stealing resources from the very countries they are now facing massive ways of immigrants. This includes of course having crafted weapons, consented or indirectly sponsoring wars that have created the same outcome. I had an interview with an Algerian today and it’s of no surprise that many around him are aiming at fleeing to France, the country that they were colonized – subjugated and dominated – by for over 100 years. The lesson? You reap what you sow
How many times in the name of ‘wealth’ have these ‘conquests’ have been justified? Countless, did anyone foresee that eventually people would say ‘this is enough’ and seek out to have an equal well-being to that of the ‘conquistadores’ that used them as slave-force to get the resources out of their lands and pack them for European ‘export’? Maybe some did, maybe not to the extent it is happening now.
In my dream I was not able to reason with my friend on this explanation, he didn’t have the ears, or mostly eyes in the last moment to continue reading what I had to say. This is not completely ‘dream like’ since I’ve read many comments on YouTube videos and news articles where this same outrage, disgust, annoyance and in some cases outright hatred has been expressed toward the refugees arriving to Europe.
It might not be an easy thing to admit by most Europeans that this is a backlash, a consequential outflow of ‘you reap what you sow’ but it is a necessary understanding in order to see there is a responsibility to the situation, a consequence that is ‘hitting one’s door’ right now and that we no longer can ignore. Some might argue that the people arriving are a form of ‘savages’ that cannot be controlled, but don’t we need to be reminded how the deliberate dumbing down of our societies for ‘easier control’ can also create a massive backlash that we also have to take responsibility for? In any case, what we can all learn from it is how protecting self-interest will ALWAYS lead to a consequential outflow that we will inevitably have to make up for/deal with anyways.
The best outcome is not to give people support and keep them isolated in a perpetual state of ‘refugees,’ the solution will have to be geared toward actual inclusion which again might seem like an outrage to most considering they are seeing ‘their culture crumble down’ – but again, what are cultures and languages and ‘nations’ but a set of colors and different symbols that define ‘who each one is’ at a conceptual level… who and what we really are is exactly the same, flesh and blood that requires and longs for the same support that you and I know is best for our lives.
What will it take to realize this? First of all getting down the righteousness horse with which Europeans defend their claim that they are being ‘invaded’ and look a bit back in history – and even recent times as well with corporatocracy becoming the new empire that strikes back without flags but rather brands that conquest the world – and realize that there is a levelling of the playing field happening and that it will take the most consideration of seeing each other as human beings and not as religions, races, cultures, nations and all the other concepts that divide us.
This is easily said, but it will take a lot of joint efforts to do this. It all, however, starts with the individual realization of the shared responsibility and co-creation of everything that exists in our world-system. It starts with a willingness to see beyond such anger, hatred, outrage of having one’s ‘perfect bubble’ being now burst by the reality that has arrived to the place where they can at last live in peace. The rest of the barriers in terms of logistics, money, resources, accommodation, integration, etc. can be walked through once that there is a common will to do it and that is mostly the challenge, it still resides in our minds in order to set ourselves to create what’s needed to ensure the creation of what will be best for everyone.
Ultimately, I don’t think people genuinely would want to leave their countries if their countries were stable with a thriving economy equal to the one in Europe, which can be done because these are places where many resources are stemming from, it will just take the ‘hawks’ that would usually pillage and subordinate the ‘weaker’ nations for deals that will always benefit the rich and make the man-made-poor ones even poorer. So it will take, from my perspective, also developed/rich countries intervention to ensure that they assist those countries they once abused get back on their own feet if Europe so does want to halt the immigration problem. It’s been over a year I’ve suggested this, so how much longer will it take for them to realize this? It’s not rocket science, so let’s unite and voice out sol
- The Refugee Crisis: A Wake Up Call to the Devaluation of Life by Joana Jesus
- Stand up Words: I Am Not an Immigrant Nor A Refugee by June Roca
To guarantee our basic living rights and create a regenerative economic system that includes the provision of a Guaranteed Living Income = A More Equal World:
utions that can assist, prevent and consider at all times both sides of the equation. Something’s got to give.