"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."
- From "The New Colossus" an 1883 Emma Lazarus poem quoted on the Statue of Liberty.
The idealism behind this sentiment and proclamation seems to be directly tied to the fact that in the land of opportunity you don't need to kill to provide for your family... you just need to work. And when you work and are paid, you find an affordance of things, thereby making your fundamentalist viewpoint un-ideal.
As resources get scarce, it becomes a bit hazy.
And when people get backed into a corner, the fundamentalist viewpoint seems more ideal, as the alternative of Heaven is a reprieve from the reality of scarcity.
And here I'm talking about most religions and beliefs, not just one in particular.
Clarification. I'm not saying we shouldn't be open to refugees, just pointing out the different socio-economical environment we are now living in. If we can figure out the income gap and revitalize the middle class, there is mounds of opportunity. But if the gap continues to widen, we won't have much opportunity for the natural born citizen or the immigrant. And in the vacuum -- fundamentalism/extremism will continue to bloom in the ghettos and in the suburbs. Creating such polarization, violence will seem to be the only answer.
But again, as Emma Lazarus declared, there is another way. A way of peace and equality. I'm not advocating for socialism, but a regulated capitalism. An economy protected against collapse by a robust middle class, who advances in economic booms, and digs it's heels in during economic busts. A majority of people, diverse in ethnic background, and religious tradition, but unified in opportunity. With this stability, our land can truly be the "Mother of Exiles," a place of refuge for the tempest-tossed.
Published by: samuel in philosophy