To the people of the United States of America:
I’ve been seeing an alarming trend on Facebook in the days since the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. There is a prevailing thought that allowing Syrian refugees to seek asylum in this country is akin to welcoming terrorists into our homes. There is such a pervasive fear of
Muslims those people and their ideas. The fact that a tiny fraction of those people belong to extremist sects means nothing to the American public at large.
Even if all of the refugees aren’t already terrorists, there’s this assumption that they’re somehow at a greater risk of becoming one. The notion is that the saying, “It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch.” applies to people. I disagree. If that were true, then the members of the Ku Klux Klan and Westboro Baptist Church (among others) would “spoil” all those who call themselves Christians in this country. Which no one is thinking to be true. So why the double standard? Do we also condemn all Catholic priests because some sexually abuse little boys? I could go on, but I digress.
This way of thinking leads us to be suspicious and fearful of everyone, everywhere. Terrified, even. Terror… terrorism… Hmmm, it appears they’ve won the war.
I very much prefer to look at this situation through the eyes of Gandhi:
Back to those apples…
It’s true that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. It’s also possible to pluck that apple out of the box and toss it into a compost heap; and then use that rotten apple, along with some dog shit and decomposing leaves, to make fertilizer. Then we can use that fertilizer to grow… an apple tree.