There is a lot in the below documentary to think about. First is to provide one example of why immigrants leave their home countries and come to America. The second is to demonstrate that the right to bear arms is vital. Third, we see the kernel of how humans formed governments in the first place as threats push them to band together to be stronger than the threats and fight back. I often hear people say that rather than come here should just try to fix their own country. They are trying and they killed for their efforts.
Fear, as the documentary states, works. Yet,people still fight to try to protect what is theirs. This happens the world over. Lastly, I ponder America’s tendency to go to war to overthrow wicked governments. When you see the fear people live in there is this tendency to want to become the white knight and help them out. But that seems futile. There is this phenomena of size that humans have. When you look at the currently erupting volcano in Hawaii from the ground level it is massive and fiery and scary.
But when you pull back and look at it from afar you realize that it is a tiny thing on the globe. Just a speck. When it comes to human problems we tend to take one of those two perspectives depending on how we want to view the problem. Some will focus in and see only the human emotions and the individual pain. Others will zoom out and see that what they thought was one volcano is a thousand forest fires – can they all be put out by America?
This documentary doesn’t change my view on immigration. I already recognize there are places in trouble and that people have a valid reason for wanting to come to America. My issue has always been with illegal immigration and not with immigration as a thing. Proper, well controlled immigration is not a problem. The world over things happen that pull at our humanity.
But this documentary isn’t really about immigration for me. It’s about human rights. People want them. They seem to know that they deserve them. Force is required to take them and force is required to maintain them. That isn’t anything new.
The hard thing for Americans, as we sit comfortably even when poor, is to change our focus in and out so that we see the small and the large of an issue and try, as hard as it is, to decide where we fit in to that picture. Any individual who wants to help the people in this documentary is actually free to leave American and go help them. That has happened before. During the Spanish Civil War American has a policy of nonintervention. That wasn’t enough for some Americans and they formed their own private platoons and shipped themselves out to help or just left as individuals and met up with resistance groups.
My point really isn’t about immigration or war or any of that. It’s about how we see the world. We each have tendencies toward one view or the other often based on personal experience. Each event around the world has many sides to it. I feel we can look at a story like the one in the documentary and hopefully see beyond what the story itself presents, that’s pulling back from the story. At the same time it’s important not to forget the focus and the humanity. The problem is, that balance is hard. It’s easier to make decisions and have opinions when they are based on just a few pieces of information. The more complex it all becomes the more humans tend to play the old, “on the other hand” game. We could do this on the one hand…but…on the other hand…and that can go back and forth.