Aren’t We All Human?

What are your feelings on immigration, illegal or otherwise? Yes, I realise it’s a contentious subject but it seems to be one that angers many people and I’m at a bit of a loss to really understand why. The media portrayal seems to be that immigration = more crime and less jobs for the indigenous population but is that really the case or the result of our prejudices?

In the UK, people who’ve lived there for years are being deported, in the US Trump wants to build a wall to stop people entering the country. In Italy, they are claiming that their economy is in a state of emergency due to the large numbers of immigrants that the EU have insisted they take. In fact, all over Europe and in the US people are complaining about these ‘foreigners’ who are ruining their way of life, taking their jobs and threatening their sense of security. Why?

I suppose I can understand the problem in the UK, it’s an island and there is limited space, especially in the capital. The NHS is over-burdened and in a state of near collapse and, an additional 250,000+ people arriving in the last year alone is not going to help matters…..unless they work. So, what is the UK doing to encourage new businesses to to open their doors in that green and pleasant land? Taxes are high and extremely complex, people want cheap food and cheap clothes so much of what is for sale is imported from China or India (where people often live in destitution), salaries are low because business expenses are getting higher and higher, especially for insurance and legal costs, and therefore motivation and morale have plummeted.

lawyer quoteEven small companies hire law firms just to keep them up to date with the increased burdens caused by a mountain of employment law. Actions by employees are now the responsibility of the employer so, if an employee makes an off colour remark, the business can be sued because they didn’t offer enough “awareness training in matters of equality, diversity or the possibility of unconscious as well as conscious prejudice”.

The welfare state is such that you can spend your whole life living on handouts without too much trouble. Free healthcare is a huge plus for UK residents as it’s so expensive elsewhere in the world but the system is abused; the litigation budget alone is astronomical, running into the tens of billions each year. Everyone is so aware of their ‘rights’ that new ways to sue the State and businesses are being found every day and, with the advent of Social Media people are finding more ways to complain about their ‘unfair treatment’ which results in increased levels of dissatisfaction with their lives and the State.

Dissatisfaction promotes unrest and unrest leads to increased levels of violence, also often attributed to immigrants and yet some studies show that first generation immigrants are less likely to commit crime than second or third generation so that argument doesn’t really stack up. Perhaps by the second generation they’ve had time to become disillusioned and dissatisfied?

What may be a contributing factor is the fact that the media promotes jealousy; the rich and famous are lambasted and adored in the same paragraph. Young people can make millions by posting pictures on Instagram, by setting up YouTube channels, by taking part in reality TV……..and then, once they’re successful they are wholeheartedly criticised by their peers. They’ve gained weight, lost weight, drunk too much, paid too much for their new clothes, worn too much make-up etc. etc, You name it and they’ll be pulled apart for it.

Newspapers will tell us how much people earn, how much they paid for their house; they won’t mention the struggles they may have undergone to find their success or what it cost them mentally or emotionally to get to that position. Rather, the cry is invariably ‘it’s not fair’. We have a new generation that screams persecution and discrimination at the drop of a hat because they are not given the ‘respect’ that they demand; long gone are the days when respect was something that we earned! All of this has led us to a point where many feel deprived if they are not millionaires by the the time they’re 21 and hatred for those that have ‘made it’. In a nutshell, they want to be people that they despise………

We have become dissatisfied and, if this is true in the UK, it would seem to be doubly true in the US. American cities pay out an average of £1.2 billion each year to people who have sued them for one reason or another. Medical malpractice suits resulted in payouts of around £4 billion in 2018 which means that healthcare insurance is now out of reach for many people. On top of that there are more frivolous lawsuits filed than one could hope to count. Maybe all that began when Stella Liebeck was awarded almost $3 million when she burned herself by knocking over her just purchased cup of McDonald’s coffee?

It seems that pretty much everyone is unhappy about something and they’re quite happy for their lawyers to find someone to blame. So, what happens when half a nation is unhappy? The same thing, they’ll look for someone to blame and what better place to start that someone they don’t know? Immigrants are essentially faceless and they are all bandied together in a big pile labelled ‘trouble’. If there aren’t enough jobs they make the perfect blamehound, if crime levels go up the same applies, if the economy is in trouble well, it must be their fault. The media fuels the fire because it sells and people whip themselves up into a frenzy on social media. Of course, there are many studies which show that crime rates actually haven’t risen but in these days of ‘fake new’ who knows the real truth?

In the case of the US we should also probably consider that millions of families are only third or fourth generation so, in fact, their forefathers were all immigrants. We only have to go back 400 years (roughly 12 generations) to find the very first immigrants on American soil.

aren't well all human 4Of course, despite that many people will argue that immigrants only take from a country and I suppose that some do but many don’t, many contribute enormously for example: Albert Enstein, Levi Strauss, Joseph Pulitzer, Rupert Murdoch, Oscar de la Renta, Arnold Schwarzenegger….the list goes on and on. Maybe it’s only the illegal immigrants that are the problem? The ones who aren’t ‘approved’ to life in their country of choice? Well that would be Arnold Schwarzenegger out for a start (yes he worked illegally in the US as did Melania Trump apparently!)

What is it that we fear? Are immigrants who can speak English less of a worry for English speaking nations? Are those who have money in their pockets more welcome than those who don’t? Are we scared that somehow our lives will be less as a result of their staying in ‘our’ country?

Maybe it’s their desperation? Whatever it is that drives them to travel thousands of miles, in terrible conditions, knowing that they will risk deportation or imprisonment wherever they finally land. The thing that makes men leave their wives and children and then risk their lives trying to find a place that will accept them and allow them to earn enough money to save their families from starvation. Perhaps we fear that genocide may, in some way be contagious and that the terrible trials visited on millions of suffering people could somehow find a way into our lives?

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Perhaps what we fear most is ourselves. The part of us that can find hate in our hearts for people who want all those things that we are so dissatisfied with. Minimum wage instead of $5 a day, an emergency room that they can go to that will actually have the medicine they need, protection from the State rather than persecution, the freedom to speak about politics and current affairs without risking their lives. Do we fear ourselves because they want the things that we take for granted…. want them so much that they are willing to risk death. ……..

Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you

Lisa x

  37 comments for “Aren’t We All Human?

  1. January 21, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    A very valid question for the day. What do we want and what do we fear. The immigrants to any country contribute towards its economy too. The fear and hate directed at them is actually the fear of the unknown.

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  2. Dodge
    January 21, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Brexit has unleashed the daily expression of prejudice and racism hitherto dormant in the UK. Yes dormant, it was always there.
    We sell arms that are used in wars and then object to fellow human beings trying to escape from the destroyed communities.
    TV has just interviewed a British lady who married a Greek citizen 16 years ago. For 16 years they have run a very successful restaurant here in the UK. Yesterday a Brexiteer asked when she would be moving to Greece!
    The one thing in life over which we have no control is our conception. I daily am thankful that fate didn’t deal me the hand of being conceived in the places from which so many are putting their lives on the line in an effort to escape.
    It doesn’t matter that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take as benefits, it doesn’t matter that if you need a life saving operation the surgeon is unlikely to be a Brit I’m afraid the media’s portrayal of immigrants as “scroungers” has coloured the views of so many.

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    • January 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Eloquently put Dodge and absolutely right on all fronts 😊 xx

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  3. January 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Just catching up with blogs Lisa.

    As always, your writing is terrific and thought-provoking.

    I have thought about this issue a lot recently. At an instinctive level I would like to see no borders anywhere, ever. Total free movement.

    But sadly, human nature causes problems with this. One reason some borders exist is to protect against aggression. We should certainly welcome people fleeing from persecution – but a border or line of some kind is needed to prevent the persecutors from following them. If everyone could live in cooperation and without some greedy/religious/bigoted/mad warlord type trying to gain power over others then borders would not be needed. Of course some people in our own government fit all four of the above categories anyway.

    I despise, from the bottom of my heart, the media that normalises (and profits from) hate and demonises innocent people.

    I do suspect, however, that some celebrities know very well how to play the media game and are not innocent victims. They sell the story of over-eating or mental breakdown because of a break-up or whatever. Then a few months later they sell the story of their transformation. Oh and, purely coincidentally, you can buy their new diet/exercise video too….
    xx

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    • January 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Darren, how are you doing? I wish we could have a world without borders too but, as you say, as long as there are human beings there’s little chance it will happen
      😂😂 yes I think you’re probably right about some celebs and their self promotion. However I also can’t imagine how some of them keep their self esteem with all the mud that’s slung at them xx

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      • January 21, 2019 at 4:22 pm

        Good at the moment thank you Lisa 🙂 . Hope you are likewise?

        I think many of the self-promoting celebs have very low self esteem to start with and this feeds into their desire for attention. You are right though, and I especially feel sorry for those thrust into the spotlight and who are in no way able to cope. Susan Boyle is the example that springs to mind.

        x

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      • January 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

        Yep all good this end thank you 😊
        Yep Susan Boyle is a great example; an amazing talent but she’s so fragile

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  4. January 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    In the UK I think we ought to have a referendum, to ask if we should have a referendum, to ask if we should vote on whether to have all residents sitting in Parliament rather than electing MP’s to make decisions on our behalf. Surely that would be much better. We could then have 47 million people taking decisions on matters they know nothing about, rather than just 650! Call me an old cynic if you wish!
    Go on, I dare you! Call me an old cynic.
    I shall then get instantly and violently annoyed, and sue the pants off you.

    Brexit – what a fiasco. Having lived abroad for many years, and in Germany more than any other country, I was, and am, a Europhile. I think it was a stupid, ill informed, and mis presented decision to ask a YES/NO question on in or out. The country was lied to, there was misinformation on both sides, and I’m sure that a lot of people will expect instant action immediately the decision is made (if it ever is). There are many who will expect every immigrant to disappear from the country, whether they be EU citizens or not, forgetting that we are ALL immigrants without exception.

    USA and POTUS. I hesitate to comment but HOW ON EARTH CAN LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF SO CALLED CHRISTIAN AMERICANS SUPPORT SUCH AN UTTERLY STUPID, ILL EDUCATED, DRAFT DODGING, DANGEROUS PRAT?

    Well – you did ask!

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    • January 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      You’re itching to draw your Zapper aren’t you Peter 😉
      I did ask and I think that you’re saying what an awful lot of people are thinking XX

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  5. Boo
    January 21, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    By all means. Come to our country. LEGALLY. Illegals get more in benefits that I do and I was BORN here. It’s pathetic. Fill out your proper paperwork THEN come on in. I’m tired of paying for this crap. I have my OWN family to help.

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    • January 21, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Surely if they’re illegal they are not entitled to receive any benefits and applying would draw attention to their illegal status…

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      • Boo
        January 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

        — The average household headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits, which is 41 percent higher than the $4,431 received by the average native household.

        — The average immigrant household consumes 33 percent more cash welfare, 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid dollars than the average native household. Housing costs are about the same for both groups.

        — At $8,251, households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico have the highest welfare costs of any sending region — 86 percent higher than the costs of native households.

        — Illegal immigrant households cost an average of $5,692 (driven largely by the presence of U.S.-born children), while legal immigrant households cost $6,378.

        — The greater consumption of welfare dollars by immigrants can be explained in large part by their lower level of education and larger number of children compared to natives. Over 24 percent of immigrant households are headed by a high school dropout, compared to just 8 percent of native households. In addition, 13 percent of immigrant households have three or more children, vs. just 6 percent of native households.

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      • January 21, 2019 at 9:38 pm

        But immigration led households also pay 223 billion dollars in taxes each year……

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      • Boo
        January 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

        ….and send most of the money back to their home country instead of spending it here.

        They said they would leave if the US paid each of them $50K. M13 members were in the caravan. Illegals have killed citizens and nothing happens to them.

        I don’t want to debate this. I’m tired of all the misinformation and lies. Who knows what is true anymore and what isn’t?

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      • January 22, 2019 at 6:13 am

        As you say, who knows what is true anymore…,x

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      • Boo
        January 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        yup

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      • Boo
        January 21, 2019 at 9:58 pm

        https://www.foxnews.com/us/illegal-immigrant-expected-to-face-murder-charges-in-nevada-killing-spree <—this is another reason. We have to pay to house this guy when we have Veterans living on the streets. These people are more important to so many in our gub'mint.

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      • January 22, 2019 at 6:16 am

        I thought you said you didn’t want to debate anymore 😉 that’s one example, from what I’ve read most of your killing sprees are carried out by home grown Americans aren’t they? I honestly don’t want to argue, I think it’s just an interesting topic for debate 😊 x

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  6. blindzanygirl
    January 21, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    I am not able to write much in response at this time, but would like to. I will be brief. I think, persinally, that people require Scapegoats. Therefore, anyone different,vwhombthey fear, becayse OF the difference, is then a Scapegoat. I don’t know if you have ever cime across the writungs of Julia Kristeva, but she argues ut very well,bthat people who are different in any way cayse abjection, and therefire fear. People become afraid of being swallowed up, but they are not aware of thus. It is subconscious. That is part if my take on it, wuthout addressing every point made. What the answer is, I don’t know. I don’t think there really is one, because human beings are as they are. And that sounds VERY negative. But there we are.

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    • January 22, 2019 at 6:17 am

      I think that’s very well put Lorraine and I think you’re right that all our prejudices are grounded in fear xx

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      • blindzanygirl
        January 22, 2019 at 8:54 am

        Thanks Lisa. I believe that the fear makes people scalegoat those who are different and whom they don’t understand. In a way, it is as it is, because that, sadly, is how human nature works. It is a psychological tool. One utilused, often subconsciously, to protect the Self. Not that it truly works, but many people do it, almost unconsciously, in Self Protection. Lol I hope I have explained properly! There are LOADS of questions posed by your amazing write, Lisa. I loved this puece xo

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      • January 22, 2019 at 10:50 am

        I think that you are absolutely right Lorraine and thank you 😊 cxx

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      • blindzanygirl
        January 22, 2019 at 11:08 am

        You are most welcome Lusa. I love how you make us think. You are rwally clever. Keep at it. And at your amazing stories xoxo

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      • January 22, 2019 at 11:20 am

        Ah bless you that’s so very kind 😊 XX

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      • blindzanygirl
        January 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

        You are so welcome xx

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  7. January 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting post and comments that followed. I stay away from political talk because I find most people follow fake news and have no idea what they are talking about.

    Keep the dialogue going.

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    • January 22, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Yes I do usually but it really saddened me to see people dying trying to get to places that we take for granted 😕
      Thanks so much for your comment – much appreciated 😊 XX

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      • January 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm

        Let me make sure I make this clear. In no way was I trying to criticize you, your, blog, or the post. These things need to be discussed and brought to everyone’s awareness.

        Also wanted to say something to acknowledge I read it.

        Have a great day.

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      • January 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm

        It’s ok, I didn’t think that you were at all 😊
        Yes I agree with you, there does need to be discussion as it seems to be a subject that’s dividing entire countries
        Have a great day too 😊 x

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  8. January 22, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    A thought provoking post for sure!

    My thoughts – As long as you “EARN” your bread “LEGALLY” – there is nothing wrong with being an immigrant.

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    • January 22, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      The only thing I find strange is the amount that Governments are willing to accept from people who reside ‘illegally’. Maybe the problem is with the system and not the immigrants….

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  9. February 26, 2019 at 1:35 am

    👍👍👍… great post… the immigration issue could make someone think whether we are all from different sources, unlike the reality that we are all from one source…

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  10. March 16, 2019 at 10:31 am

    loved your post! would appreciate it if you’d check mine 🙂

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