- by Dave
If you reside in Europe right now, I’m sure you’re aware that Immigrants have been popping up in the news lately.
Apparently, they’re all that’s wrong in the world and if only we could stop them from coming over here, everything would be all right.
Of course, this is all complete nonsense.
Apart from anything else, the whole idea of someone being an immigrant is just bizarre. Ultimately we are all immigrants from Africa, if you go back far enough.
But even without going to those ridiculous extremes it’s obvious to see we all come from somewhere other than where we are now, and often not even that long ago.
Whatever. This is all irrelevant.
Because the last time I checked, the only borders and divisions on planet Earth are man-made.
It isn’t that many centuries ago that the largest unit of human habitation was a town or a large city; fast forward a few centuries and you’re probably looking at city states, like Athens and ancient Sparta.
The idea of countries, and the necessity of passports and other paperwork is relatively new.
More to the point I think it’s something of an abomination.
I see no reason for human beings not be allowed free passage and to work, and settle anywhere they please so long as they are supporting themselves and their families, and any others who depend upon them.
See, the real problem is not immigrants.
The real problem is freeloaders. And I will be the first person to say no one should get a free meal ticket to go and live anywhere at others’ expense. Anyone who can work but chooses not to, can starve for all I care.
But even this does not plumb the depths of rank bigotry and stupidity.
Because there is such a thing as Schrödinger’s Immigrant.
Schrödinger’s Immigrant is a strange creature who can…
… live in a country and sponge off the state…
… and at the same time steal jobs from the indigenous population.
Good Grief, but that’s clever.
And maybe I’m seeing this wrong, but it seems to me IF you are so ineffective, unskilled, and unemployable your job can be snatched away by someone who has no friends, no contacts, no money, no history, and quite likely a poor command of the native language…
… then you are pretty useless and you probably don’t deserve a job in the first place.
Here’s my take: I agree no one should get handouts and special treatment… but other than that, anyone should be allowed to live anywhere so long as they’re paying their own way.
In other words, I’m cool with as many immigrants of whatever race, colour, or religion who want to come and live alongside me, so long as I’m not expected to kow-tow to their religion and social mores, or pay for their upkeep (or anyone else’s, for that matter, whether they’re an immigrant or a native.
I’m not above giving people a hand up, but I’m rabidly opposed to handouts to anyone).
How difficult is that?
Some people get offended by my straight talking nature. And that’s fine. Just remember when you tell me you’re offended, what you’re saying, in effect, is, “I have had an emotional reaction to something you have said, and I want you to deal with it for me”.
Sorry, but it’s not that kind of party.
I really do live my life treating others as I would wish to be treated, I give generously to charities, particularly those for sick folks and distressed animals.
We should all help others when for no fault of their own, need a hand-up in life.
Wherever my gene-pool originated from, I have a natural bent to teach my brothers and sisters across the world with my project management training products (I sell to 120 different countries or regions).
As I type, I am reminded that of course, I am an immigrant myself. It’s true. I am a Brit living here in wonderful Spain. My wife Jude is from the Philippines.
But I am sure dear reader, that you are an individual who is a net producer in both your business and personal life. So if you’re thinking about investing in my Project Management Series yourself, you’d best be quick and grab your copy NOW!
This is one qualification you really need in order to stay ahead of the pack – so don’t put it off any longer!
– Eartha Kitt
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma