What really matters…

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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What really matters…

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote became very important for me during the last weeks. I am still thinking about migrants, and refugees. This mail will have a little bit more of words than before…

A few days ago I had a nice talk across the fence with my neighbor who did some gardening enjoying the warm sun. One word led to another, and we rushed into discussing about refugees and people who are close to us. Refugees from all over the world is a hot topic in Germany and in Europe nowadays, it dominating daily news and talks. Out of a sudden we had things in common – over the garden fence: people who had been close friends, turn out to be opponents of immigration, their words and intensity alarmed me. And – words fail me.

Basically I would love to say: “What made you react that adamant? What do you fear? When did you start to react that sharply? I never expected words like these from you. What makes you talk like this?”

And I would like to continue: “These people from Syria fled the war. They lost all and everything. They set off to find a new place, find a house and a home, no more shooting and no further aggression. They want to have a job and they fail due to our overwhelmed system. They have left their families. As there was not enough money, only one of the family could start the journey.
Yes, our authorities cannot deal with these many people, or hand them a document that allows them to stay, or find a place to stay, or to help them to attend an integration course where they can learn and understand the language and culture, or support to find a job. Physicians, lawyers, cooks, engineers, artisans arrive here. They are not allowed to work, until they are not registered. This takes time, sometimes it’s really unfair, because people who arrived a year ago are still waiting for action and people who arrived a week ago get all the papers immediately. The narrowness and the uncertainty exasperate them, anger and impatience grow. Many move from camp to camp to be registered earlier. The only result: people are registered several times. From this the media concluded a headline: “More than 10,000 refugees have vanished, are disappeared.”

And I would go further on: “You had a real good education here in Germany, a humanist country enjoying peace for more than 60 years now. We have a home, a job and enough food. We have people who enabled this country how it is today: Humboldt, Heidegger, Goethe, Schiller, Einstein, Schweitzer and so many more. We are educated and this education enables us to get valid information and interpret the information. Why is it, you neglect this chance?”

I am so scared, that I quail, that I do not find the right words. It is so important to me, that we live all – many different nationalities – live together, introduce the culture of our country to people from foreign countries, learn about their culture to expand our horizon. I am from a motley family… we are from the Netherlands, Hungary, Czechia, Sweden, Italy, oh, yes, and Germany.
And no, I do not want, that the refugees assimilate with our culture and forget all, what they have been and been raised in. No assimilation, just integration. If we want to live in peace in this culture, in this country, it is time now to learn about other cultures, accept and respect them. Abraham Lincoln said: You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.

Courage is more important than ever! Those who remain silent have lost the right to participate…

I decided to speak up. And you are the first who reads it.

PS: Sciolism is dangerous knowledge… so please, be prepared. First of all: research carefully and then: speak, or: Put mind in gear before opening mouth!

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