As usual the give and take recently on MGO with Devious Diva has made me think about the broader issues involved and where I stand. It's all about doing the right thing in the context of our beliefs, isn't it? The world is a much smaller place than it was when my grandparents were alive. I am reminded of this daily when I go to Sitemeter daily and see the countries of origin of MGO readers. It is an eye opening experience to realize that what appears on MGO is read by a worldwide audience. I don't want to give readers the impression that I think MGO is read by the movers and shakers. It's not. My ramblings appeal to a very select group of regulars who for some reason, that only they may understand, keep coming back. For this gift I am truly appreciative and humbled. Nobody likes talking in vacuum. Other readers are attracted to MGO in the course of a Google search, they either stay awhile or quickly move on. Comments by readers are invaluable. They tend to either bring clarity or make me wonder about the extent of my ignorance.
Blogging has the ability to give people a chance to voice an opinion and take a stand. Doing so means that you have to be willing to defend your position, whatever, it may be. That's a good exercise for all of us, otherwise we risk living in an echo chamber. The issue of immigration, multi-culturalism, and globalization are hot button issues these day. That is rather obvious to anyone perusing the blogosphere. The world is divided into the "haves" and "haves not." I live in a world that is infinitely better from others who live on the same planet. I get three square meals a day. I have clean water to drink and bathe in. I have a decent home, my children go to schools with computers and everything they need to learn. My family has access to good medical care. Most importantly, we live in a society that for all it's faults, provides us with the most important commodity of all: Freedom.
Billions of others do not enjoy these benefits. It is the way of the world. It is reality. As the world becomes smaller, the have nots increasingly realize that the only way to escape from the failed societies that are responsible for their predicament is to flee to those nations where things are invariably better. Here in Maine we have a large Somali community. The Somali immigrants who came here did so to get away from a society that has literally imploded. No one can put this particular Humpty Dumpty together again, not even the Kings men, they tried.
This migration, because make no mistake about it, that's exactly what it has become, is a matter of survival. It is just like the one's in the early history of humankind when prehistoric tribes migrated to every area of the globe. While the migration is perfectly understandable, it threatens to overwhelm those societies that have been able to prosper. The reasons for this prosperity are directly related to any number of factors, but chief among these is the culture that was handed down by the ancient Greeks. It bequeathed to us the very important ability to question and to think rationally. Now please don't think that I am calling for other cultures to be expunged from the earth and replaced with mine. By the same token, I don't want others to expect that I should allow myself and people like me, to commit cultural suicide in order to solve the problems engendered by those other cultures, whose minions are now busting the door down to get in.
Even the multi-ethnic experiment that is the United States of America is being stretched to the limit, increasingly feeling the strain of unenforced borders and immigrants who cannot be assimilated in the large numbers that are pouring in. The US has consciously chosen this path, however, other countries must decide, for themselves, what path to follow. For countries like Greece, immigrants threaten to destroy what makes Greece unique: it's culture, religion and language. DD makes an excellent point when she says that European countries, like Greece, have signed onto liberal immigration laws imposed on EU members. It's up to Greece to enforce those laws or back out. Whether that happens depends on the Greek people who have elected successive governments that committed Greece to a fate that promises to transform it into an unrecognizable entity.
The present state of affairs is untenable for all involved. As an Orthodox Christian, I cannot turn my head and look the other way. I cannot profess Christian beliefs, then act in a contrary manner. This is the world we have created and its up to us to deal with it. The reasons that this is not happening are twofold. First, I think that we have lost our moral compass. It's really easy to ignore all that is wrong in the world. It's convenient to look the other way. Second, we are not willing to do what it takes to stand up to the two root causes of our present condition: tyranny and ignorance. The solution to both of these scourges is a Greek concept. Freedom. Unless we help the have nots achieve the free societies they deserve and encourage them to build the free institutions that are necessary, they will continue to cross our borders, breed terrorists and turn our nations into the Third World morass that they are trying to escape.
For another take on the issue, read what Ted Laskaris and a commenter named Margaret have to say about it here.