What happens when our personal vision and our personal values are challenged by the environment which we live in?
I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about my personal vision. What is it that I want to hold for my future, and the future I want to see for the communities I live in? What are the values that align me with my community?
Some of this has been severely challenged of late by the ludicrous new refugee policies that our national government has instigated in the last few weeks. What an abomination.
How can this be democracy at work? This is so far from my vision, so far from my personal values and yet from the outside because I live in this country, I having to suck it up.
I don’t want to suck it up. I grieve for those people who are stuck between a rock and a hard place in their lives, so much that the best choice for them is to get on a leaky boat and traverse the very high seas – with their children! - and then to be 'settled'(?) in some overcrowed tin shed 'camp'(?) So much blame has been laid at the feet of the ‘people smugglers’. Perhaps putting them out of business by actually coming to the aid of their clients would be a better alternative…surely. Or even, radical thought, assist them in their business, so everybody stays safe!?
I want to align to a community that holds every life dear. I want to find a way that everybody has a voice, that everybody has a platform for that voice to be heard and expressed. Big or small, local or global, everybody has the right to find their community and their platform.
No doubt I’m very idealistic, and I love that about myself! I hold to a vision that there is a better way and that we, as a community, will find it.
(image Simon Tiller)