When thinking about my arrival in London two years ago, I can’t compare with the images I see on the news of people obligated to leave a country from a survival starting point - as we saw last summer North African refugees on boats trying to arrive safely to Italy, hoping to be recognised as citizens –, a reality that is still lived by many.
|North African migrants, May 2011|
|Wilson Line steamer departing Gothenburg |
This is the image that many of us have of a migrant – someone who is in a desperate situation and that must escape and find a better opportunity for one’s family. In my case, I don’t have children and I was lucky enough to be born in Europe that is not in war and has been developing throughout many years before me. Having studied politics and international relations, soon I realised that the development of the region I was born into was not the same reality lived in many other regions in the world.
The scariest conclusion is that today, even with all the information available, we are still feeding such inequality. Worst: we all know that the current system is a capital punishment but few in power have any intent of bringing an alternative.
I came to London not from a survival point of view but because I wanted to experience myself in a bigger city, being aware that London’s living conditions are much privileged that what Portugal can provide at the moment. I am speaking of the work experience, the salary and the personal development. In fact, I don’t see myself as an emigrant: I have access to all the information available online, I speak with my family in friends in Portugal and I am familiar with the language here. Being part of the European Union is beneficial since one doesn’t see major differences in the way one is treated at the airports, for example. But what about the other people that wait ages for a Visa?
The whole system behind migration is not pretty and is completely dependent on economic interests and politics (err... economic interests). On the other hand, the ability to move from one place to another is a natural process and is a human right.
Let’s be honest: the main point of feeling comfortable in London (or anywhere in this world) is based on having money! If one does not have money, it doesn’t matter if is in London or in Sudan, the struggle will be similar. Fortunately, human beings are from the same species so we all know the fears we have in common. However, the blindness of the human mind (limited by what our eyes see and by the memories we limit ourselves by) does not allow our equality to be lived – how many of us, people in European Union, know what is to live in a war? How many of us felt in the body the pain of being a refugee? FORTUNAtely not many. However, we are supporting an economic system that creates war and poverty somewhere, for as long as it is in the other side of the world!
Humans spend half of our lives in making money or in looking for a better life in another country despite the fact that the majority of us simply wish to live well, share time with family, eat well, enjoy the nature, learn new things, do sports, sing, dedicate time to sciences, write, contribute to society, etc etc! - So why are we living against our own will? Who’s deciding anyways?! Money decides; and certain people decide about money (whether we call “them” the elite, corporations, secret societies or governments, it is all about US, THE HUMANITY AS A WHOLE). We are all responsible for what is being manifested in our world. It is very disappointing to grow up in a fake society but sooner or later everyone will all wake up.
We will then see that people/countries do not need to compete with each other; that no one needs to struggle; and finally see that such definition of “migrant” is simply the result of the separation in the human mind and based on economic interests...
The greed is within the society, education and in the media so no matter where one comes from, the most probably is to become consumed by the system itself – it takes self-will and self-honesty to change oneself and to challenge one’s beliefs. That is what I have been doing since 2009 in my I-Process.
When I came across the Equal Money System I immediately understood that is the key missing in this world. I asked myself often: “How come this system has not been implemented already!?” It seems crazy to me, who only started to work two years ago, that people before me have been accepting such world system for so long! After all, the solution has been always here! Using money to support everyone, that is brilliant! - Money for all in the principle of equality. No borders are needed since everyone can get what they need everywHere! - always Here on earth. People will finally exist on earth as who we really are: human beings sharing a planet, in oneness and equality reaching our full potential. The change is global and there is already a lot of information with what we propose.
We have the nature and our intelligence/common sense/technology/self-care to support our existence here. All we need now is to change the economy for a life-friendly economic system.
* Photography from the www.norwayheritage.com