When the bubbles of emotion burst or drift in the knowing wind, when the hardship of winter comes along, reality bites. In some places it will bite very hard, very hard. The migration to Europe is a human tragedy, as is any war, but rends the heart. Some want to reach out while others are fearful of what the migrants bring.
Fear may not be rational but then neither is love. Emotion assists us in every decision thus we may never be rational or as rational as we would judge ourselves.
A big decision on the migrants has to be made and that decision concerns the cost we are willing to bear. To make that decision we need facts but the government are not forthcoming with the information that would help us make a rational decision. And so, we are trapped in an emotional whirlwind, that’s where we are when making life changing decisions.
Can we trust ourselves when in a high emotional state to make the right decision? If only government were like caring parents and sat us down to explain the facts of life. The cost of infrastructure, of housing, 240,000 new homes each year, for how many years (?) and where would we build them.
How many new towns are we prepared to tolerate? How many new roads shall we build and the consequential increase in cars and pollution and the taxes to pay for it all? The impact on the Green Belt and the countryside generally, shall we follow one emotion and build or the other and maintain. Decisions are at every turn but we cannot find rational answers without sound knowledge.
Politicians talk about the needs of the country, in reality their first concern is to be re-elected. Their second is to follow their emotional attachment which is their political bias. Opposition parties look for attack lines. Neither work for the benefit of the ordinary people. Our politicians are busy with political point scoring. Ping-pong, ping-pong!
Our government won’t hold a discussion with us because they are scared of what we may say or demand. Instead they let the media bombard us with their brand of bias. We are left bewildered as to what to do. The extreme left and extreme right politically scream at each other to see who can score the highest decibel count. Meanwhile, those of us who have long left the school playground are wandering nowhere fast, through a lack of knowledge.
Hence we witness actions that concern us:
- Counter demonstrations
- Over 200 attacks on asylum seekers, Germany. Partners in government with Angela Merkel openly critical . www.nyt/2015/09/08
- Hungary to imprison illegals – up to 3 years.
- Russia sending more weapons to Assad regime in Syria.
Some people may criticise the nations of; Poland, Hungary, Slovakia etc. for their stance on the migrant dilemma. However, they may have some justification according to Professor Abdur Chowdhury,
“…some countries simply can’t step up in any meaningful way”,
experiencing 0% economic growth and could suffer if too much is needed for migrants. www.marketplace.org/topics/world/cost-misery-migrant-europe
However, a number of people simply see the politics and jump head first in with accusations. Politics creates blind spots in our psyche.
Is fear a justified feeling in the midst of such an upheaval? It may depend on how you are connected to your community and your outlook on many of the points raised. Are house prices rising out of your reach?
- Migrant population: 33.5 million people born outside the EU 28 living in EU as of 1 January 2014.
- Number getting citizenship in EU in 2013 was 984,800 a 20% increase on 2012. www.ec.europa.eu/eurostat
Panic has begun to creep in. The government of Denmark has taken out adverts in Lebanese newspapers to dissuade migrants. The Sweden Democrats, (right-wing) are now ahead of the two leading parties in opinion polls. In Austria the right-wing Freedom Party has made big gains. NY Times
What of those who advocate open borders? It would appear that they have no concerns but does that mean they have not thought it through. Should they be demonstrating outside the Russian embassy demanding an end to arm sales to Syria? Be stood outside the embassy of Turkey demanding an end to profiteering at migrants’ expense.
Emotion is a powerful determinant but can often be erratic and short lived. Talking about the support for the migrants in Austria the columnist Hoffmann-Ostenhof from the centre-left newspaper Profil writes, “These feeling are transitory, of course, but they won’t fade without leaving some trace”. NY Times
Hoffmann-Ostenhof’s belief that a positive emotion harbours hope is tempered by his rational understanding of how fickle people are? Sadly peoples’ attention will last as long as the media coverage. Me-ism blocks long-term outlook!
The world cannot grow until man learns how to.