The shame of nations
Today, we see that your nationality determines who you are and where you can go. If you carry the right passport, you can travel freely anywhere, irrespective of character or your motives. Nobody questions you. However, if you have the wrong passport, your movement is curtailed. You cannot enter some countries irrespective of your good intentions. If this is not discrimination, then help me understand the definition.
Unfortunately, this is legitimate discrimination that is practiced by all countries around the world - rich and poor, powerful and less powerful, democratic and non-democratic. This legitimate form of discrimination transcends all boundaries. That is why we are so complacent about it. We simply accept that this is how things should be.
Today, we consider this injustice as acceptable because this is how we found it. Society has brainwashed us to believe that it is normal and OK. The same way some of our forefathers considered slavery as normal, because that is all they knew. You're born a slave and you'll die a slave. You're born a master and you'll die a master. Your destiny and how society should see you was already defined by your ancestral line.
"Evil prevails when good men do nothing" - Edmund Burke
I therefore challenge us all to think about the frustrations of millions of good meaning people on this planet who cannot go where they want to, cannot enjoy the beauty of touring different parts of the world, are not allowed to attend important events, simply because they carry the wrong passport.
Let us reflect on this.
I strongly believe that one day, our children's children will wonder how and why it happened. Why should anyone be denied access to a country because of their birthplace? Why should their movement be curtailed because of where they are from or their nationality? Just like in the days of slavery when slaves have to get special permits before they can move, so we are experiencing modern day slavery. All forms of modern-day slavery and discrimination should be eliminated in our lifetime.
I am optimistic. Keep hope alive!
Thanks for reading.