Suffering

This is another controversial post. These are my views and I haven’t been influenced by anything but my own views and morals. My opinion has been formed through various media reports, historical study and the reactions of other Australians/global citizens. If you don’t agree, don’t read.

Frankly, I’m disgusted.

I didn’t realise that there were two strains of humans. 1) people like me. People who live, work, study, do what humans are supposed to do. 2) refugees aka the scum according to majority of the active population.

I have a question for society. Both here in Australia, and globally. When are we going to learn that refugees aren’t animals, scum or trash that are bringing their supposed extremist views on our clean, Western shores? When are we going to realise that refugees are humans too. Humans that have suffered and are trying to find light in the darkness, if not for them, but for their young children so they can experience happiness and safety?

What Western Europe is doing to help refugees fleeing from terror in Syria shows our compassion. But the retaliation of people globally shows how racist, bigoted and narrow minded we as a global community still are.

What gets to me is that society is more concerned about protecting foetuses from mothers who are committing crimes against humanity by having abortions for reasons we don’t and don’t need to know about; yet we blatantly fall into the arms of racism when we say that people fleeing from the Middle East “deserve to die there” or that “the terrorists are where they belong. Why are they contaminating our shores”.

Waking up to this on my newsfeed makes me sick:

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I don’t name and shame, because unlike most of the global community, I don’t see retaliation in the form of name shaming, a matter of pride or confidence or status. But reading these comments over Facebook and seeing them actually get likes made me sick. When entitled pigs like these people so blatantly show their lack of respect and education on a sensitive matter, but they still form the popular opinion. I have no words, but I do have that swirling feeling of nausea in my stomach, because these are the people I will be growing up with. Entitled, racist bigots. 

You can be as educated as you want, but the moment you open your eyes to the plight of refugees, is the moment you truly become compassionate and educated on this issue. What the media feeds you is a version of the truth made for popular opinion. Because society still hates going against the grain.

Refugees flee the psychological, mental and physical hell that has been forced upon them by a minority of radical extremists. They are escaping a hell on Earth that people in the West could only fathom in the worst and darkest of nightmares. And even then, they would never understand the trauma.

Seeing this hatred for refugees has solidified one thing in my mind. How dare people dangle their entitlement in front of others? Yes, I’m highly privileged. I live in a nice home in a nice suburb in Sydney. I have access to the best education in New South Wales, having graduated from the best all girls selective school this year. I have the privilege of delicious food, clean water, luxuries like technology, clothing and the fortune to travel to new and exciting places, both domestically and internationally. But never for a minute, have I dangled my entitlement in front of another human.

We might preach being a global and humanitarian society in the face of hardship when natural disaster strikes. But what about now? The misguidance from the media and this stigma that refugees fleeing from the Middle East because of ISIS/ISIL are bringing terrorism to our angelic western shores ignites fury in me.

The sad reality is that education isn’t enough to show compassion. In a global society where we have so much access to other people, we’ve lost compassion. And the way to rebuild that compassion is to read the first hand plight of refugees fleeing. No one would exaggerate the trauma they escaped from. Why would they purposely hyperbolise a situation?

This year, what really opened my eyes to the Syrian refugee crisis was Humans of New York, the photography page on Facebook. The photographer, Brandon, is currently documenting the stories of refugees in Europe, and it breaks my heart to see what people  have done to each other. But the light in this situation is the lack of hate, the emotion and the compassion that flows on every single photograph Brandon posts. I see people in our global community coming together and sharing emotion, telling how help can be found. Where access to shelter can be reached. Even just sharing the raw reality and realisation that people have come to – new perspectives on the issue.

I wish that was the reaction that everyone had globally.

Refugees are humans too. You have no bloody right to strip anyone of their human status. And God forbid anything ever happen to those entitled pigs who think they are better than everyone else. Because the only way people learn is experience. And no one should go through that harrowing trauma that refugees go through, and survive to tell the stories to try and incite change.

I wish I was 5 years old again. Where I saw the world through rose tinted glasses. Because as a 17 year old young woman, I’ve seen the demise of our society because we are bigoted, racist and think we’re entitled to luxury when we summon it. We undermine suffering because of stigma. And yet, we call ourselves human. 

It disgusts me.

xx Simran

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