Who is responsible for refugees? Who is REALLY responsible?

Well, This Is What I Think


Refugees are not breaking the law. They should always be treated with respect, and with courtesy. They should not be met with armed guards and batons.

They are not the problem. They are the result of the problem.

When our countries sell arms to dictators to attack their own people, we create the problem.

When through our own lack of care those arms find their way through nefarious means to extremist groups, we create the problem.

When we prefer war-war to jaw-jaw, we create the problem.

When we allow, through our indifference, those that rule us to carve up the world into opposing camps that jostle and claw for preference, we create the problem.

When we demonise those we disagree with as sub-human, not-like-us, dirty, feckless or dangerous, we create the problem.

Every time we applaud a simple slogan uttered by a self-seeking politician or media commentator, instead of working harder…

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About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at www.geogepolleyauthor.com.
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5 Responses to Who is responsible for refugees? Who is REALLY responsible?

  1. So well said. I just don’t know what the end of this horror story will be.

    • Sha'Tara says:

      What could spell the end of the refugee horror story of earth? One: no end, man will not evolve mentally, hence will never become empathic and will continue to bludgeon himself and his environment to death. That’s basically how history reads up to today. Two: man will evolve mentally, will develop empathy for all things and a natural consequence will be the total disempowerment of his ruling systems.

      When Sephen Yolland says “we” I read “those who constitute the ruling status quo and all their supporters.” What must happened is for the individual to discover himself outside of any and all institutions, beginning with the basic nuclear family and all the way to… what, the UN? God? It takes many years to develop one’s mind to get a handle on self-empowerment. It means total detachment, abandoning all of one’s beliefs, bar none, and walking the wilderness of non-belief, not exchanging one (religion for example) for “atheism” or the touted benefits of science (for another example) but truly becoming a “None” in the full sense of the word. No more identifying with this or that, i.e., no more labels. No more gender, no more race, no more political choices (voting being the dumbest one of all), no more collective anything. No more smart or dumb. No more rich or poor. No more slogans, no more corporate BS, no more buying propaganda. Something to think about.

      End quote: “Refugees are not the problem. They are the result of the problem. And we cause the problem.”

    • Sha'Tara says:

      Oh, and I forgot the most important detachment of all: No More Prayers. A critical factor in understanding the concept of self-empowerment.

  2. I mean “I just don’t know what the end of this horror story will be” Can you edit the remark. Sorry !

    • gwpj says:

      Edit as instructed Peter. I like what Sha’Tara has to say and, with you, have no idea what the end of this horror story will be. Humans have learned much about technology, and nothing at all about doing what works to create a liveable, sustainable life and world. It is like bashing one’s head against a granite wall over and over and over again and wondering why it hurts, and who the bugger is who’s causing it all. (And if I could find him or her, I’d . . . .!” A few screws are loose somewhere . . .

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