September 6th, 2015

A Different Perspective on the 'Migrant' Problem - Part I

One person's 'terrorist' is another person's 'freedom-fighter'.  One person's 'migrant' (or 'cockroach' as the ever-horrible Katie Hopkins would say) is another person 'refugee'.  Think how it would be if the atrocities were on your own doorstep, how would you react? Exactly the same as the people who are currently fleeing any oppressive regime.  The media has a happy knack of sensationalising and depersonalising war situations, so that the outsider is portrayed as 'dangerous other'.  The lexis of the press reflects their prejudices by the specific lexis they use whilst reporting.  A 'swarm', or a 'mass'  - they might as well have gone the whole hog and referred to them as an 'infestation' or a 'pandemic'.

Suddenly, people have woken up to the fact that something should be done. It takes the body of a dead boy for people to suddenly have an abrupt change of mind.  He has become the figurehead of change in this all-too-human problem and not before time. Take time to look into the life of a child, whose life is torn by war - and be grateful for the life you have.

And be generous.