On the Migration of People and Our Relation to This World


I remember reading a blog within the last six months. I am not saying the name of the writer because the blog was quite racist (in my opinion) and it got pulled-off. Actually, I will say the name of the writer: Mr. AmericanRomance. I forget the title of the blog but he talked about how he lives in a closed-in, upscale, gated-white community and that he does not enjoy much the company of other people who are different than him – that was the overall message, I think.

I am pretty sure I raged on that blog, as I do on most of Mr. AmericanRomance’s blogs which I come upon. He talks utter nonsense for the most part and no, it is no wonder since he is locked-up in his little white community. The thing that bothered me most is not that he came-off as racist (although that is so backwards, I am quite speechless). What bothered me most was that he does not realize that he cannot ignore the world around him – or lock himself away from the world; or even to try to keep things unchanged – there is nothing constant in this world except the Spirit of Life.

Mr. AmericanRomance wrote in his blog that when he went to a gas-station to pump gas, close to his private community, he was hassled by a bunch of “thugs”, as he put it asking him for money. As one living in a big city, I get people of all ages, sex and ethnic backgrounds asking me for money. It is not out of the ordinary, sadly. If I have money on me, I always give-off a few bucks, or even a five or a ten … I realize that the people asking for money, for the most part and for whatever reason they don’t have much and want some (again for whatever reason). If nobody finds the compassion to help out, or if nobody can help-out, I am quite sure a homeless person will have to steal to eat. Or maybe break-into a house or a car … either way, people are not going to sit in one spot and starve. I am certain of that.

With this in mind, I am thinking of all the people leaving Syria in masses now. I am thinking of all the Libyans too who had to evacuate their cities/towns, to escape the atrocious acts of Gaddafi’s mercenaries. Many of these people ended-up in Turkey, in Italy … some went to France (although some of the French are becoming a little Nazi-ish and do not want to take-in refugees anymore – it might change the fabric of their society and mess-up their fifty-billion rules on how to eat dinner).

There is a similar situation happening in North America, where poor Mexicans with no prospects for the future in their own country, head for the United States. Many die on the way (trying to cross the desert) but some make it: risking their lives is apparently worth it. I think it is quite understandable: if you cannot find work and/or food where you live, would you not look for another place to live? Would you just sit and wait to die of hunger?

Sure, most of us are no longer nomads. But we have been nomads for who knows … thousands and thousands of years perhaps. It is the spirit of survival and it is logical for people to move around this planet as needed. Yet, the fear of others, of the unknown and of change, creates an attitude of hostility in many of us. Some people like to put-up big fences around their house, or around their country … too bad the Native Americans didn’t build tall fences all around the continent so when Columbus came he would not have been able to get-off his ship.

It is really senseless I think, to think that we can close ourselves off from the world around us. Even if you are living “la vida loca” but all your neighbors are doing badly, sooner than later you will be doing badly too: think about the downfall of the housing market. Thus, help your neighbor if you can or when you can instead of competing with him/her.

Everything is linked together in this world whether we like to see it or not. After the nuclear plant blew-up in Japan, radiation levels were noticed to be a little higher (no health risks posed from what we were told) here in Ontario, Canada. And when last month a volcano erupted again in Iceland, flights were cancelled and postponed all over Great Britain. There is no way for us to just hide away from the problems of our planet. This is our house; we should care about what happens with it and on it. We cannot simply cut-down all the trees in the Brazilian rain forest and think that we will just get over it and that we can plant other ones – entire ecological systems get wiped-out; there are vast consequences. When British Petroleum turned the Gulf of Mexico into the Gulf of Oil, that did not just affect BP and the workers that died and their families, it affected countless people and of course, a multitude of species of animals: birds, fish, etc. It affected our planet.

It certainly saddens me a little to see that many people refuse to accept the reality of life: there is one planet for all of us and for all our animal cousins. So, when I know that Ted Turner owns 1,910,585 acres (7,731.86 km2) of land while many children grow-up without a proper home and in terribly poor conditions … I stall for words. I wonder if Ted Turner actually thinks that he owns all that land. Does he really think Mother Earth allows him to own anything of hers? How did he pay her?

There is very little fairness in the societies which we created. The extremes are growing and a clash is inevitable if we follow this road. I keep saying that the more the pendulum swings to one side, the more it will sing to the other side as well. It is all up to us and I think that the more we get involved in the world we live in, the brighter our future will look. On the other hand, ignorance will lead to decay.

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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

There are many who do not realize we are all connected to each other and in turn to the world which spawned us. I think that is man's greatest illness -- his disconnect from all that he came from. It has caused his complete disregard for the health of his planet, his disdain for the life forms that share our world, his belief that all exists for his pleasure and use and lastly, his ongoing cruelty to those of his own kind who may be 'different.' Great hub. Lynda


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Druid Dude 5 years ago from West Coast

Good hub. I mean REALLY good hub. I have been married for thirty five years to a native american. I never really experienced prejudice until I stepped outside of the white world. I call myself "Druid" because of "Mind Games", which is what I like to play, and it morphs so well into David, my name, but I'm also a verified medicine dreamer upon my vision quest. Your hub intrigues me...write more!!!Peace


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I think you pretty much connected all the dots - there is no "us vs them," and "competing" with everyone - is an attempt to separate one from the rest.

Be we are a whole, and not a sum of parts.

But our world is ruled by gated community greed - for now.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Lynda, I do wonder why or when we have separated ourselves from the cycle of nature ... well, I don;t think we separated ourselves, it more like we began ignoring our existence and our relationship to the world around us ... things to think about.

Thank you very much for your comment and for taking the time to read my work. All the best!

Mr. Druid Dude, thank you too for your time. You're a funny spirit. I can dance around with you all day. Cheers!

Mr. Wesman, greed is indeed a serious problem. If we can diminish our greedy attitudes, much can happen for the better. Thank you Sir!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Hello again Wolfman Jack. I like this article and the way you express yourself.

I do have a few questions though:

When you say, " It certainly saddens me a little to see that many people refuse to accept the reality of life: there is one planet for all of us and for all our animal cousins.", whose reality of the life do you refer to?

What makes anyone person's perception of reality any better or lesser than another's?

What would you say about someone who cannot stop looking at women's chests? Everywhere he goes he sees women's chests and his eyes seem to have a life of their own as they home in.

What would you say about someone who is drawn to disaster, misery, injustice and destruction? He sees it everywhere on TV in the papers, on the streets. No matter what else id around he only has eyes for misery.

We perceive the world through our brains. We choose the meaning we give everything we see in this world and the meaning says more about us than it does about the world we are writing on.

A great thought provoking read that evokes questioning perception. Thank you. Voted up.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello again Mr. Spirit Whisperer, I am glad and thankful for you taking the time to read and comment on my writings.

Your questions are legitimate. You asked me what I would say "about someone who is drawn to disaster, misery, injustice and destruction?" Or you asked what I would think about someone who goes around looking "at women's breasts/"

I would say: "Good for them, I am sure they have a fulfilling life."

But I think we can go for a better example/question. So let me ask you: "What do you think about pedophiles, those who are involved in child sex-slavery, child porn and so on?"

And I will end with your question: "What makes anyone person's perception of reality any better or lesser than another's?"

Thank you again for your thoughts. All the best.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Mr Wolfman Jack, even your question back gravitates to the thoughts that consume you. But you fail to see what I present to you.

Let me explain again using your words...

"What do you think about pedophiles, those who are involved in child sex-slavery, child porn and so on?"

Your question betrays your perception. Because "pedophiles" is an idea you have and which you have associated with sex-slavery and child porn. The idea you have does not exist outside of the mind who has created it. The "pedophiles" idea you cling to is your creation so what can I know about it? Asking me my opinion about an idea you have created and which you guard and nurture in your mind is meaningless. You are the one who has attached the meaning you have for the idea and though lots of people may share some of your idea it still does not make it any more meaningful outside of the minds who created it.

The more passionately you cling to your creations the more fearful you become because they are in essence meaningless and the ego fears being made redundant.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express that.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

lol Mr. Spirit Whisperer ... can you write a blog on what is not an illusion for you since, everything I mention is one to you?

Is anything real for you (through one door of perception or another)? Am I real or am I an illusion too (to you of course)?

I gotta run for now but I'll be back. Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

By the way, when I write/speak you can check the words I use in a dictionary - I abide by the dictionary meaning just so I can have conversations with people with the least amount of misunderstanding. Just a note (since I have a feeling you would like to ask me what is "real" lol I can always be wrong ... there is space for that and time).

Now I really gotta go. Take care.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I love the ancient answer to the question "Who am I?"

In Sanskrit it is "Neti, neti."


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Amanda Severn 5 years ago from UK

Hi Mr Happy, what a totally awesome hub. You have expressed this all so beautifully. We are all stewards of this Earth. It is our duty to guard the planet against damage and destruction. It is our home and our garden. If we care for it, it will in turn care for us.

Rated up and awesome.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Spirit Whisperer: "Not this, not this", is only part of the answer - that is what I am trying to say to you for days now lol At least, this is my opinion.

I do appreciate your comment though. Greatly. Awesome!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mrs. Severn, what wonderful words. Thank you very much for stopping by and for commenting. I am glad you enjoyed my piece of writing.

All the very best!


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rmichaelf 5 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

Hi there Mr. Happy,

At first, I expected an essay on racism, bigotry and prejudice a subject on which I share the passion expressed in the opening of this Hub. Aand yet there are several points at which a subtle negative influence of prejudice seems to color the thoughts you are expressing. Such as an underlying attitude expressed in your statement "...it might change the fabric of their society and mess-up their fifty-billion rules on how to eat dinner" regarding the French.

And an intangible sense of confusion in your tone when you used the phrase “la vida loca”, along with your reference to the Native Americans and their lack of foresight for not using fences to keep Columbas out.

It was dubious at best until I read the comments which followed that I began to get a sense of what you were conveying, and even now I'm a little unsure. I feel it is the seeming irrational fear we tend to have of "strangers" and a comment on the perception of seperateness from nature and each other that most hold. Is that it?

Also, in the spirit of light heartedness, I'm sure your mind was already where you were suppose to be next, but the translation of Neti Neti is more like "not this. not that." lol


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. RMichaelf, I am happy you stopped by and asked for clarification. I know I am not always clear (and then, I am often wrong too lol).

Regarding the French and their dinners, you would probably have to read my blog titled: "Shocking France".I was there last summer and their rules about eating dinner where unimaginable. I suppose I hold survival (Life) more important than traditions, that's all. So when my European brothers (I am European) are getting so up-tight about people from Africa migrating to find some food ... I have to say something. It isn't prejudice - I love the French!

There was no confusion when I used the term "la vida loca" - I was thinking of people living in their well-off guarded communities.

About the Native people building a fence along the coast of the continent ... I was purposely being ridiculous - that's all: just like everyone else who is trying to close themselves-off from the rest of the world.

You summed-it-up rather good by saying: "I feel it is the seeming irrational fear we tend to have of "strangers" and a comment on the perception of seperateness from nature and each other that most hold."

Regarding Neti Neti ... I actually do not agree in full with that and I would say: "Not only this - not only that". Just a small adjustment. (lol)

Thank you for your comment. I am always glad to give things a second thought, especially since i know I create misunderstanding myself sometimes.

All the best!

P.S. Welcome to Hub-pages!


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rmichaelf 5 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

Namaste, Mr. Happy,

First off I should say that Mrs. Rmichaelf was my mother! I am her son! lol {chucklinggreatly}

Second, I changed my profile from Business Success to rmichaelf as where I was 2 years ago and what I had posted there, has very little to do with the reflection of where I am now. so, we kind of know each other better than you thought a moment ago...

I hope it is okay with you to become one of your followers, as though I have a very specific intent in my use of HubPages this time round, it is important to me to find folks from whom I can come away a more learned man and that it will be a fair exchange in the process.

I have noticed that all you Canucks seem to have a rather dry sense of humor. I am looking forward with eagerness to learn it!!!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Michaelf. Sorry for the confusion and thank you for the conversation.

"... it is important to me to find folks from whom I can come away a more learned man and that it will be a fair exchange in the process" - is that not what we all wish (even if we don't realize it perhaps at least sub-consciously)?

In terms of the dry humor ... it's the beavers.


Business Success 5 years ago

aahh, the beavers... I knew it! lol I chose the name rmichael as I use it elsewhere and I confuse easily... so I am trying to lock down as few nicknames as I can... The "f" i added as someone else is using the rmichael on HubPages.

But it is with a wizened shrug of the shoulders, a toothless old smile, and a glint of the unknowing of the knowledge of the ages, I leave you for now, (I have a picture in my mind from an old National Geographic, of an aged, wrinkled, toothless, Yemeni smiling, glinting eyes, no care in the world, dirty old turban raggadly falling around his head, with the wisdom of god beaming at the photogropher, under which the captioned referenced the anomoly of the poverty and lack of education with contrast of the new Toyoto pickup he was leaning against. Neti Neti.)

Namaste,

Mike

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