Every time I engage in conversations focused around politics and society I find myself head butting a very base human perspective: us vs. them or me vs. them. I'm not going to deny that our country has problems: it has many, many issues that need to be worked through and solved. But I cannot imagine them being resolved at all unless we eliminate this mentality that we're different from other people. When you erase social status, race, gender, nationality, sexual preference and everything else that adds diversity to existence you have the same thing: an entity. A soul. Everyone needs food, water, shelter, oxygen and psychological needs in order to survive. It doesn't matter where you're born, who your parents are or who you like to make love with. We're all human beings.
And we are all interdependent upon one another. People complain about illegal immigrants. What they don't realize is that society benefits from their status as illegal immigrants. They do jobs many of us wouldn't want to do, particularly in the field of agriculture. We've needed them in the past. We've always needed immigrants. It isn't their fault if there are no jobs; it is the system itself that is at fault and needs re-writing. It is so easy to blame the "Other" for our problems. The "Other" is a stereotypical face given a generalized falsified background to justify misplaced anger. It is the reason people are willing to go to war. To assume the enemy is evil, vile and deserves to die. Remember to them, we are the enemy...and we too are evil, vile and deserving of annihilation.
For me, it doesn't matter if a person is suffering in my country or another. The fact that people suffer is all that matters. We're human beings, interconnected through a network that most of us cannot even begin to comprehend. I've only a small understanding of it. The webbing is extremely complex. But the point is, the poor in other countries affect us, as the poor in our own affect us. Should one take precedence over the other? I guess it is necessary for a country to take care of it's own. We should be putting our poor first. But that doesn't mean we should ignore the suffering of people in other countries. How do you measure the worth of a human life? Industrialized nations don't become industrialized by choice, but out of necessity for survival. And we - the Western industrialized world - force them into it. A nation's worth is based upon how much gross income they can make. That is one of the means American maintains her power. And when one nation has power, other nations seek it or else they will be conquered. Imperialism still exists, its just disguised. In fact, I would go so far as to say Western Industrialization IS the dominant form of imperialism.
By viewing the larger picture, clarity emerges. By hating others, you are hating yourself for they are you.