I know I’ve been saying this a lot this semester, but the readings and topics covered in this class have forced me to constantly reconsider the idea that, as a generation, we take so many things for granted.
The idea of our resources clearing out sounds devastating. I can’t even begin to fathom living in an environment where I can’t get access to water, electricity, healthy food, and other basic needs to survive.
But what about the people who live in countries in which they actually don’t have access to some of these items?
In his article about the Syrian refugees, John Wendle says, “Climatologists say Syria is a grim preview of what could be in store for the larger Middle East, the Mediterranean and other parts of the world.”
We want to feel like we are good people and that we’re doing good things, so we say it’s okay for Syrian refugees to come to America and seek shelter. But what if, by doing so, we use up all of our resources and are no longer able to provide for the rest of our population? What happens when ‘America, Home of the Brave’ becomes ‘America, Home of the Hungry and Desperate’?
I want to make this clear: I am not taking sides here. I am not defending the idea of keeping refugees out of America nor am I defending the idea to invite them. I am simply proposing a potential result that could come from a specific way of dealing with the refugee crisis.
In the video above, Roy Beck suggests that instead of bringing immigrants to America to help them, we should try to help them in their own countries because that way we would be able to help a larger population of people.
I don’t know whether the liberal minded Facebook politicians demanding to allow refugees to come to America or Roy Beck’s bubblegum demonstration of immigration across the globe are to be trusted. But unless we come to a consensus on this topic, future generations are going to have to fight like hell to survive.