- Politics and Social Issues
Islamic Migration: A Test of Heart or a Test of Sanity? - a Satire
Even I Don't Take Myself Too Seriously
There are many ways to tackle this issue of a massive influx of Islamic folks into Europe, and without claiming an ability to offer the best one possible, I'll do what I always do---express my own.
My somewhat satirical style may encourage a few of you to take it more as an entertainment than a serious assessment of what is really going on in that old Europe already tired of its many historical crises.
Well, humor has been known for not sparing even those most tragic aspects of the so called human condition, and I am shamelessly contributing to such attitude, being a self-proclaimed political cynic, a non-religionist, an out-of-box observer, and above all a happy dude who wouldn't spoil his mood by writing a sad story.
But yes, there is sadness in all this matter, it's only that I am opting for converting it into something between laughable and pitiable.
So let me start by saying that I have absolutely nothing against Islamic folks. Which is to say that, in all honesty, we could pin a bunch of deviations from morality and humanness on just about any religion, ethnicity, race, gender, or political establishment. But, by the virtue of "being only humans" we tend to notice them more in others than in ourselves. Let's see how it looks historically.
Hey, Back There We Asked for Them
Being of the white European descent I have to swallow some of that white pride while saying that we have been known for our own migrating---and I mean migrating a lot.
We might even call our migrating "occupying", as I don't remember history books having it that we politely asked: "Hello, ladies and gentlemen Natives-Aborigines-Blacks-Indians, would you mind if we brought over a few million of our folks to exploit you and all you have, to enslave you, to bring to you our diseases, to impose on you our religion and rule, and generally to treat you like crap?"
No, apparently we had no time for niceties and formalities, we meant business, with our hearts heavily hijacked by materialism---which we have kept as our own deity of a sort to these very days.
Hey, we might even say that the old, good law of Karma has finally caught up with us, and now my brethren Europeans have to deal with "what goes around---comes around".
And boy, did we ever go around---and are they ever coming around! At a huge Islamic center nearby I am frequently witnessing an enormous mass of young and old folks flooding that parking lot and the neighboring ones---all on weekdays and all at working hours.
On the other hand, right beside my apartment building there is a church, only full on Sundays---because somebody has to work weekdays, right? Which reminds me of a you-tube video taken on a busy street of a German town, with a reporter asking a bunch of young migrants "why they are not working, or at least looking for a job".
One of the youngsters grinned widely and said: "We don't have to work, we are guests of Angela Merkel".
It made me wish that I had been someone's guest when I legally immigrated to Canada half century ago, having to work 12 hours a day for minimum wages to put bread on my table and a roof over my head.
"When in Rome Do As Romans Do"---Yeah, Sure
Now that I am mentioning those videos, have you seen the one with a little crowd of migrants carrying a banner reading: "No Democracy---Islam!"
Another one was showing a part of Paris resembling a "capital of the homeless" with cardboard boxes, old mattresses all side by side along the stretch of an avenue---more like a city dump site with untold trash everywhere around.
In Italy you could see citizens patrolling at night with dogs and baseball bats for vandals and women attackers.
O.K., I saved the best one for last. It's about a migrant dude at a little city fountain with his pants down washing his behind---in a broad daylight with people passing by and seemingly killing him with their eyes.
Now, I am not saying that all of them are displaying such an ungrateful, disrespectful, if not disgusting attitude, and so far I haven't heard of Fontana de Trevi being turned into a public shower.
But even the incidents like that---and there are too many to fit into a jolly article like this one---just make you wonder, what are the governments of those European countries doing about it.
Apparently not much, except protecting the migrants from citizens. There are even words about "Europe brewing up for a revolution". Now, how crazy is that---old, smart Europe, allowing those white wigs in Brussel to jeopardize the cultural identity of the Union members by forcing them to assimilate those ridiculous numbers of migrants?
The More---the Merrier
There is something fundamentally wrong about it. The world---talking here about westernized countries---already has a burning problem of massive unemployment, and deficits caused by mismanaging revenue on all sorts of social assistance.
Allegedly, recipients of those handouts are in many instances all generations within a family, also single mothers intentionally having some half dozen kids so that they can stay at home and live of social assistance.
On top of that, now all that those generous societies needed was an enormous addition of hungry mouths to be fed, without them contributing in any way to the society, except for being very useful at election time to vote for an administration that will continue to give those handouts.
Let me resume my initial stand about all this---being an individualist of my own make, I am only seeing all this from my peripheral vision, not being enough of a collectivist as to give a rat's ass about what governments around the globe are doing.
It may be somewhat hard for some of you to figure why I even undertook to write such an article if I "don't care". But, try to see me as a mini Dalai Lama, who is at a perfect peace in his mind, and still he can talk a lot about the Chinese oppression of Tibet.
My peace of mind has no ambition to be likened to Dalai Lama's except for a little comparison. Also, unlike His Holiness I am not a religious dude. If I were a church-goer, at my next confession I would have to mention my sinful thoughts while I am saying how beautiful women look so much better in bikinis than in burkas and the rest of the camouflage.
Other than that, I don't really have much to criticize the Islamic ways. People believe what they choose, and nobody needs my blessing or approval. There are already too many sinful judges in this world and they don't need me even for a variety.
Doomed for an Ugly Divorce?
Are Islamic migrants posing a "threat" to predominantly Christian Europe? In my opinion it's not so much of a threat as it is a recipe for a "rotten marriage". Neither side will ever be happy with such a "mix of water and oil".
Let's put just a dash of psychology in all this. Those Islamic folks have it almost in their blood by now to protest, to fight, to demand, to feel victimized. To imagine them without that mentality trait would be like imagining blacks without inclination towards excelling at sports, music, dancing, and making illegitimate babies---which may be stereotyping but worth mentioning just for sake of little humor. (What this pathetic world may need is more humor and less sour faces).
Islamic religion doesn't seem to be by far as permissive as Christianity, and they may never blend, never feel at home in Europe. While their initial reason for migrating may be "finding a better life", most of their countries are not industrialized, and it may not be in their blood to have something like working habits.
Namely, what you regularly see in the Middle Eastern news is a lot of people in the streets protesting against somebody or something---nobody working. And if we dislike our Christian bosses, they may have an additional reason or two to despise them with passion.
Well, it's a little matter of mentality why that "marriage" is doomed not to work. For one thing, they couldn't agree upon who was going to "pronounce them a happy couple"---a priest or an imam. Not to mention that the last words of that ceremony were not: "Now you can kiss the bride"---but "Now you can screw each other every which way you can".
So, with these prophetic words from my Satirical Manifesto I am concluding my observation of this huge and hysterical---pardon, historical event.