What Happened to Our Inner Alex?
What happened to us? How did we reach such a state of paranoia and fear that we became so cynical and suspicious of others by their country of origin and the way they look. We were not always like this. We were born with the idea that we are all equal and deserve the chance to be happy. Life made us fearful of others who are different and it’s up to us to contribute to the demise of this unjust fear.
Uniting together, as we have been over the past few days, has touched me. To see the human spirit reawakened is an incredible sight to see, even under such circumstances. We will #Resist and knowledge will once again prevail.
Cease to Exist
You know what happens to the world when we begin to reject people, ideas, and ideologies that are different from our own? Humanity ceases to exist. Humanity, innovation, progress, they all come to a halt. Pain, suffering, agony, everything that we, as humans, have endured to get to this point will all be for nothing. All of the marches, boycotts, sit-ins, and strikes would all of been a waste of time. And for what, misplaced fear? A type of fear that has been unjust since the beginning of time, the fear that a large portion of the world’s population unquestionably proposes a threat. Fear is just a collection of negative thoughts, produced and interpreted throughout events in our lives. Luckily, we have the ability to change them.
Refugee — “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
Seeking shelter is not an act of terrorism, neither is searching for a land that is free of war so their children have a chance to enjoy life. Refugees are fleeing war, not starting them. Their homes have been destroyed, their lives they once knew have come to a swift ending. So what are you scared of, an extremist sneaking its way across the border? Let’s pretend out of the 4.8 million refugees, you come across one extremist. You probably have a higher chance of converting them back to reality than you do to being harmed by them.
When it comes down to it, extremists groups are founded on the idea of survival. Why else would one join a group that commits such horrendous acts? It’s the same reason why gangs across America are formed. The emergence of a gang and a an extremist group rely on the same criteria, they need a way to make money, get out of their social isolation, and provide for their family.
By rejecting refugees, you’re not protecting your country, you are putting it at risk. You are isolating desperate people and sending them back with nothing; no money, no food, and no way to provide for their family. What do you think the consequences will be? What would you do if your means of survival was stripped away, your loved ones constantly struggling to survive, and your children were starving?
Refugees and immigrants will affect your economy, they will take it from stagnant to prospering; immigration often leads to innovation and growth.
As many people may know, small businesses are the backbone of most countries. This being said, immigrants are twice as likely to start a business. 40% of Fortune 500 Companies were founded by immigrants.
People are capable of great things, everyone has a special gift, they just need the chance to tap into their abilities.
Below is a list of companies, products, and ideologies that have been given to the US by foreign countries and people of different origins
Companies founded by Immigrants and their origin
- Procter and Gamble – Ireland
- AT&T – Scotland
- Google – Russia
- Yahoo – Taiwan
- Ebay – France, born from Iranian Immigrants
- Kohl’s – Poland
- Nordstrom – Sweden
Products and services created/brought by Immigrants and their origin
- Lasik eye surgery – Iran
- USB flash drive – Israel
- Antidepressants – Germany
- HDTV – South Korea
- Microsoft Word – Hungary
- Telephone – Scotland
- Bicycle – France
- Rechargeable batteries – India
- ATM Machine – Turkey
- Jean Pants – Germany
- Radio – Italy
- Hot dog – Germany
- Youtube – Germany, Taiwan
- Olympics – Greece
The whole idea of democracy, the foundation of western politics and the one thing the people of the United States hold so dearly was established in ancient Greece.
This is just a brief snippet of the actual list. The list doesn’t even begin to touch on the great engineers, scientists, athletes, innovators, and doctors who have done remarkable things. People will surprise you. We are capable of anything. Just like Alex, we need to invite people into our family. You never know what extraordinary gifts each and every one of them has.
We are all in this together, one race, one world, let’s begin to love one another for the differences.