Saturday, 31 October 2015

Refugee crisis

To Mark Ulysses' email of 31.10.2015, sending me the 4 volumes of Live Encounters Dec 2015 issue celebrating 6 years: 

wow, that's quite some work.
sorry i did not get back to you re the guest editorial. there was nothing brewing in my mind. the issue of the refugee crisis is complex. one thing is the humanitarian angle; the other is the practicality, the possible reactions (already these seem to be forming), and so on. how to be loving as well as wise. how to be fraternal as well as practical. 
i keep thinking of the invasion of parts of north east india by people coming in from Bangladesh; in a couple of years citizenship is obtained, and elective power passes on to the immigrants, giving rise to violent situations or else the dominance that is also structurally violent, the "minorization" of people in thier own land. i keep wondering what Pope Francis would think of that, what Jesus would think of that. 
it is not the same situation here in Europe, but potentially it also goes that way. 
part of the way for humanity is somehow to solve problems at their roots. which means calling into question the whole world order, the economic system, the political systems...
did you know that the Vatican some years ago, in a low level document, called for the establishing of some sort of world authority? if airlines can get their act together, for time zones and things, so, it argued, could we get our act together in the economic field. i think it was Cardinal Turkson who issued that document. 

once again, congratulations for the great work, and a prayer.


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