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The more the merrier, indeed!
on 24 November 2009
People have always found reasons to distance themselves from others - `race', religion, sexual orientation, origin. Why? Because they don't look like the judges, because they think differently, because, because, because... But hey, if everyone were the same, wouldn't earth be a terribly boring place? I wouldn't want to live in such a world! Conformism? No thanks. People are individuals, they have names, dreams and goals. That's what should be celebrated! The variety!
London is awesome in that if you sit down in the tube, the people sitting right and left of you can broaden your horizon so much since they have different cultures and backgrounds. That's so interesting, isn't it? We don't get that without immigration.
Underneath it all, we are all human. We all Homo Sapiens! We are all in the same boat! - or we should be. That's the problem with today's society. We are all born into different environments but instead of acknowledging human equality, we are obsessed with protecting what is ours from all those foreign influences, those threats, those people problems.
Yet, we want to venture into their lands - for fun, holiday and career opportunities. Having work experience in foreign countries is always seen as something favourable by employers, is it not? And we can get it easily, because we have the money and the right background, we have attended the right schools. The more attentive of us detect this rupture, this inconsistency in ideas and opinions that lies here. We take from others (those threats! Those foreign influences!) what we can use and benefit from, but in return we don't allow them the same freedom of choice we claim for ourselves. We shouldn't give people different rights depending on where they were born because that implies, that depending on your birthplace, you deserve freedom, or not.
Apart from that, to be honest, I don't believe in the idea that people should only be treated as means, as something to benefit from. Just like Immanuel Kant deeming in his `Critique of Practical Reason' that people should be seen as ends in themselves, people today should rethink their utilitarian attitude towards other people.
Everyone has dreams, the urge to develop and fulfil their goals. The immigration controls, in particular the new point based system, cuts off aspirations and completely denies the equality of people. It is a regulation supporting the ego trip of selected individuals, neither more nor less.
Worldwrite's film casts light on the reality of the situation, its approach skilfully combining history, current debates and the personal story of Sadhavi Sharma. The message has to get out there to give people an insight about what's really going on in today's society. It provides viewpoints seldom considered and really enables people to look past the usual conventions, to open their eyes to the truth.