The New Colossus is still standing, the lamp still burning.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
- Emma Lazarus -
In the month of December, we somehow celebrate the birth of an ancient and famous refugee with words and decorations of Merriness, Love, and Compassion.
Jesus and his parents were refugees. The nativity scene, depicts a family who were looking for a place to stay, only to be told there was no room for them.
And so they encountered fear.
Even being harmless they were inspiring fear. Fear of the "others" , fear of loosing jobs, security, having to share wealth and space. With "the others".
And fear has been served in our relatively luscious lives. Daily. By the same civil servants that are elected to make sure that the very principles of our nation are respected. Fear of "the others".
Fear is powerful. And can be used to manipulate entire countries into horrific actions. History is full of blatant journeys of escalations to dictatorship and destruction of human rights. Destruction of freedom.
Fear. Going back to dark ages of empowerment of bigotry, racial and economic injustice and discrimination should generate fear. But that fear should also be transformed in courage and channeled into action. To keep going forward, step by step. Looking back and studying the mistakes of the past, with the full determination not to fall for that again.
For our lives, for the lives to the ones after us. For a brighter, thriving future of the human race, for the planet. And winter solstice. Stillness.
Let's dance through Fear. Let's dance Fear. Let's become aware of what's really a danger for the future.
Let's celebrate compassion, courage and Love. Embrace Love!
Together. No borders. No walls.