Remembering Roots

The citizens of a civilization in transition becomes increasing dissatisfied and anxious about their future. They often lose hope. They then start assigning blame for their frustrations. But the blame is often directed to those outside their national social order. Their finger pointing is often directed to other social groups, other religions, or even other nations, or the combination of all the preceding. Or worse, they start blaming their own leadership for the cause of their own uncertain future. They are frustrated because their social transition, of which they are often unaware, seems to be chaotic and out of control. They forget that the fall of civilizations always comes first from within. Outside forces are only the mechanism by which the fall is often finalized.

In the West, specifically America, a national paranoia has set in to the point that a refugee is now considered a threat to the social existence of the empire. Immigration means the dissolving of the identity of the society that is in chaos. Even within the society itself, divisions arise between race or economic groups in order that identities and social structures be preserved. Therefore, immigration is targeted as one of the threats to the existing civilization. And for this reason, immigration in the West has become the most important social issue of the day.

In the Western civilization of America, amnesia seems to be the cause for this social paranoia. America was strengthened in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries when immigrants fled oppressive feudal systems and religious oppression in Europe that offered little hope for the future. In their frustrations, these immigrants had their hopes revived when they gazed from aboard ships that approached the statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Ellis Island become a gateway to a New World for millions who sought hope and freedom.

As immigrants congealed into a society over the next century, they realized the “American Dream.” But the present generation, whose fathers and grandfathers built America, seem to have forgotten that what made America great in the first place was the injection of immigrant energy from Europe. The existing society of America is an immigrant society that now turns its back on immigrants who come to America for the same reasons they came more than one hundred years ago. Admittedly, the origin of the new immigrant is different than the origin of the original forefathers. However, the reason the immigrant shows up at the border is the same as the forefathers of the existing immigrant society.

New immigrants from oppressive secular and theocratic nations are again looking to the liberating West. The free West has engraved on a plaque of the statue of Liberty the following words of hope:

Give me your tried,

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.

A civilization that forgets its roots of freedom upon which it was built, is truly a civilization that has fallen from that for which it was purposed. Every year the United States accepts more immigrants than the rest of the nations of the world combined. But we see a growing resistance against immigration that originally made America great.

In a democratic society, the society as a whole must be cautious about electing a government that would manipulate society against the very principles upon which the society was first built and continues.

The West must be cautious about any political ambitions of the new immigrant. If the new wave of immigrants come to assimilate into an existing society in order to continue the “American dream,” then the West must welcome the new social energy that seeks to escape oppression. Those who find freedom will again energize Western civilization.   But if the new immigrant seeks to conform his new society to his own political agenda or theocratic constitution, then there will be a stressful social transformation of a Western society that was founded upon freedom from either political or religious oppression.

The West was firmly built on a free democratic society that was liberated from the constraints of both feudal governments and theocratic religiosity that choked freedom of speech and faith. Any threat to these fundamental rights upon which the culture of the West was built should be shunned at all cost.

[To be continued.]

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