You say that they come for our welfare state, yet I’ve met thousands of people crossing this sea, and every single one of them is desperate for the opportunity to work.
You talk of losing our culture, but if it’s a culture where we turn our backs to those that need us, it’s one I think we can afford to lose.
You say that we should help our homeless first, yet when we see the man on the streets, we walk by.
We each live in a bubble of self righteousness, myself included, stating that others should do something to create change. Be it for the homeless, the lonely or the displaced, we form our opinions from the warmth and comfort of our homes.
But unless you have walked a mile in their shoes, how can you truly judge where they should go or what they should do.
We were all made the same. It is by chance that we were born with opportunity, as it is by chance that others are not. And it could be by chance that our choices are taken away at any moment.
Their struggle is our struggle, for if it was not them, it would be us. And what would you do?
You think that leaving all that you have known is easy? You think that crossing that sea is a choice? Then you don’t know how many are lost to this journey. You don’t know the pain and strength that it takes.
We have one life. Let’s not waste it on hate.
Powerful words by our friend Brendan Woodhouse