There are DEAD PEOPLE washing up on the shores of European beaches, including children, and the overwhelming response from the great British people, the most enlightened people on the planet, is "that's a shame. Pity we can't do anything about it."
I am here to tell you, your moral apathy is eroding everything that made you great. It's not a flood of immigrants into the British Isles that will destroy everything you hold dear, it's a flood of selfishness, pride and a failure to act that will erode you from the inside out.
You are worried about losing jobs and money to "economic invaders", but you are stealing from yourselves the only things that are of any worth: your character, and your integrity.
I am sick to my stomach over what I have seen in England these last two weeks. I don't mean sickened by what is happening in the Mediterranean, or on train lines throughout the continent, or on barbed wire fences in Calais, but by the state of the hearts of the great British people. I flat out don't want to write this. But I am amazed that no one else I know is saying it. So call me a hypocrite, call me self righteous, call me anything you like, but listen.
Where is your moral outrage England? Are you so morally bankrupt? Are you so deadened to everything real by your meaningless, selfish, money-obsessed lifestyles that you forgot how to feel and you forgot how to act? Did you forget how to share your table with a stranger? Did you forget how to leave your couch and your Sky TV to look for someone who is lost? Where is your charity? Where is your compassion? Where is your action?
I don't know the reasons for everything that is going on in the Middle East. Whether it was European, or American, or Russian intervention in the region, whether it was religious bigotry or sectarianism, or economic opportunism, that has caused this. None of that matters. I lived in Saudi Arabia for 3 years, I have a masters degree in Finance and economics, and I coach senior executives of some of the worlds biggest companies. I could write pages about how most of what you understand about the situation is wrong. But who cares. What do I know. I don't care why the situation IS, and I don't know the solution. The only thing that matters is how YOU, individually, personally, respond to the tug on your own heart.
I have been amazed how right the UK has shifted in the last several years I have been gone. I almost don't recognize the place. It's an ugly place, and your bigotry is ugly. Your selfishness is beneath you. Your apathy is alarming. England is turning into an ugly country full of small minded petty people. It's almost unrecognizable. I dislike it immensely.
Below are the arguments that I have heard almost non stop over the last two weeks, from all the people I love, justifying your inaction. I don't know the truth of any of these. I don't care. But I do know that when you say any of the following you are ugly. These sentiments distort your soul and make you unrecognizable from the people I know and love. You have demeaned yourself if you have said any of the following:
- I can't help
- There's not enough room here
- These people should just stay where they are
- I don't know what the solution is, but someone else can deal with it
- Let the Greeks and the Turks handle it, they are closest
- Let the Germans and the Saudis and the Qataris handle it, they are the richest
- These people will erode our culture, our way of life
- These people are criminals, they have no regard for EU policy
- These people are economic opportunists, they are coming here to steal our jobs
- I don't want anyone else in this country
- I don't want to share
- I don't want to help
- They brought it on themselves
- They never should have gotten into their boats
- They deserve it
- They are not like us
Really, England. This is all you have? Is your selfishness blinding you so fully that you are incapable of looking for solutions? Why do you spend all day long tweeting and talking and posting your excuses, instead of sharing solutions? Are you so powerless?
If you are a Jew, think of the widow of Zarepath, who took in Elisha when she only had one meal left for her and her son, and they were ready to lay down and die:
"11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bringit unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days."
If you are Christian, think of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, given by Jesus, as written in Luke:
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
If you are a Christian who is also a Mormon, then think of the words of King Benjamin:
16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I havenot, but if I had I would give.
25 And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
If you are a Buddhist, think of the words of the Dalai Lama, who said:
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
And finally, ff you are a Fascist, think of the words of Hitler, who said:
Truly, this earth is a trophy cup for the industrious man. And this rightly so, in the service of natural selection. He who does not possess the force to secure his Lebensraum in this world, and, if necessary, to enlarge it, does not deserve to possess the necessities of life. He must step aside and allow stronger peoples to pass him by.