Tag Archives: People
After a few days of holidays with my family reality got me back yesterday. In the bus on the way to work. Some prefer their homely car, the fact to listen to their music, having food and drinks and their stuff around. I very much enjoy to share the bus ride with other people, getting into conversations with others, share a smile. It makes the ride and life in general more fun, yesterday was an exception.
I tried to read the news but two ladies sitting across the aisle from me caught my full attention. To the point that I was close to interfere…
Now, one needs to know that with the refugee crisis our country has been pretty spared with voluntary arrivals of refugees. For some reason we are not on the favorite countries’ list of these people running away from war, violence and destruction. But now we need to show solidarity with all the other countries who already welcomed their share of refugees.
And here were these two mid-forties ladies, one of them with a ring on each of her fingers, talking about the refugees that will be arriving in their little town:
“First they said it was only families”, “Now it will be only single men”, “They did not even tell us”, “My daughter does already not dare to go out anymore” (the refugees are not here yet), “I love to go walking along the river, I will be scared from now onwards”, “They get free housing” (they will be lodged in the civil protection shelter in the basement of a school), “It is not fair that we have to welcome and feed them” and I kept the top one for the end “When I grow up, I want to be a refugee”.
I swear I did not invent that, I heard this with my own ears.
Now I agree that the refugee question is a difficult one. With the current economic situation everywhere, the unemployment getting higher, the fear of terrorism and the natural human reaction to protect what is his and the fear of the unknown, I can understand a certain hesitation when it comes to welcoming a crowd of people and all the issues that go with it. It is not an easy task.
But be serious, if people who live in a country where
– their opinion is asked through voting every three months
– the buses and trains are almost always on time
– the paying newspapers are in unsecured boxes counting on the honesty of people to put their coins
– the streets are smooth without any potholes
– the cars stop as soon as a pedestrian approaches a crossing
– you can drink the water directly from the tap
cannot be a minimum generous and understanding, then who can?
Wishing you all a healthy, safe and open-minded 2016 filled with love and memorable moments!
Wanna meet up?……………………Invite
Wanna be understood?…………..Explain
Don’t like something?……………..Say it
Like something?……………………..State it
Want something?……………………Ask for it
Love someone?………………………Tell it
- Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius (owfotografik.com)
Lampedusa is the center of terrible news these days. A shame! Even the pope said so today. Such sad pictures of man, women and children who died taking all the risks you can imagine to escape misery in their country with the hope of a better future in Europe. A better future for themselves and for the ones they left back home.
Here is a poem written by a 10-year-old. That was 7 years ago when the same kind of news of crowded boats full of desperate families filled our TV screens and deeply moved him. And after all these years, nothing has improved and we have to face the same pictures of people’s sad fate again, leaving us feel totally helpless. Again our kids won’t understand how this is still possible in our society and we keep wondering what we can do to help!
Is for all these families
Who are in misery
And don’t know what to do
For all the homeless people
Who are praying for another life
Who spend the winter
Outside in the cold
For all the immigrants
Who faced all the dangers
Who come from Africa and elsewhere
Just to find an employer
I want to dedicate to them
This poem that I wrote
Just to prove them
That not everyone has forgotten them
- Did you know… about Albert Einstein (wemustknow.wordpress.com)