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Uncomfortable

Written By: Misha - Jul• 17•12

I understand people’s reluctance to compromise their position of comfort.

I appreciate that everyone has something going on and that their capacity to take on the problems of others is limited.

I see that people get angry when they perceive that others are bypassing existing systems to get what they want.  I get that.  I really do.

But….

You knew there was a “but” coming, didn’t you?

Sometimes we need to put all of that aside to see the bigger picture.  Myself included.

On this blog, I have always played it pretty safe.  I’ve avoided compromising my position of comfort by keeping articles lighthearted and uplifting.  And I’ve done that because I believe that we all have a little part of us that is broken.   So I wanted a blog to buoy people through those challenging times that we all have.   To make them feel more comfortable.

But then I see people going through utter misery.   Something a light hearted blog post will have no impact on.  Whatsoever.  I see people who are desperate enough to clamor aboard a dilapidated sea-craft, placing their young children at risk of death, in order to escape the countries into which they were born.  Only to die in transit.  Or languish in a refugee camp while their fate is decided by people who will never truly understand their plight.   Or their despair.

That’s when I realized that it’s time to step out of my comfort zone.

The endless, ineffective political chatter surrounding the asylum seeker “solution” does my head in.  How can changing policies about where or how we “process” asylum seekers have any impact on how people smugglers lure potential “customers”?  For a start, they hardly strike me as the most ethical bunch.  Surely they will happily tell potential “customers” of their plan to outwit any dastardly plan of ours to keep them away.

No.

If you really want to break the business model of people smugglers, then destroy their customer base.  Change the living conditions of the people who have become so desperate to escape that they will do anything. believe anything…  to find a life filled with opportunity, humanity and peace.  If we really want to crush the people smuggling trade, then we need to help create a cultural climate and living conditions that people will not aspire to escape from.  Perhaps they may even be inspired to build upon it.

I am not naive enough to believe that this is a simple goal to attain.  Because it is not.   Yet despite the negative hyperbole around the asylum seeker issue, I genuinely believe that all parties involved would like to see an end to the horrific scenes that routinely flash across our television screens.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe a “solution” is possible as it was always be a work in progress.   I also believe it is wrong to regard it as “Australia’s solution”, albeit that has got to be better than the “Malaysia solution”.

No.

This needs to be a “global solution”.   Or at least a “global vision”.

And it needs to start with the Australian government increasing its support of the United Nations in its teaching of internal conflict resolution skills to war torn countries.   To provide them with better skills in terms of resource and economic management.   Facilitate stronger diplomatic relations, not decaying ones.  We need to work more closely with the United Nations and those countries that are currently “comfortable” enough to accommodate an increase in the numbers of asylum seekers accepted, with a clear intention that this is to be considered as part of a broader policy.   Surely a functioning country with positive diplomatic ties is more “use” to everyone than an imploding, shrapnel spitting one.   Isn’t it worth the investment?  Why not direct our resources to that end rather than the great expense and risk involved in ineffective, unethical strategies such as “turn the boats around” or “people swap”?

So yep.  I believe the solution to asylum seekers begins with a vision of world peace.  If only I didn’t have cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles then I would be a prime candidate for a Miss Universe title!  Wait.

Does this all sound a little naïve?  Unrealistic?

Not as naïve or unrealistic as thinking that endless, expensive discussions about where to process asylum seekers will result in a “solution” of any kind.   What I see working is a direction, not a destination.  And that’s got to be better than spinning around in circles.

For those who believe our borders should not be porous, I have news for you.  It’s too late.  The commercial world has been leveraging off this reality for a long time.

Everyone has tried or has at least heard of American Coca-Cola.  We happily enjoy Indian takeaway on Friday nights.  Our economy depends on trade of our agricultural produce.  This is a smart strategy.  In fact the success of human beings over other species has largely been a result of its capacity to form large, complex social structures.  And this is operating as we speak on a global scale, commercially more than politically.  So if we want to move forward in terms of asylum seekers and many other issues, we need to build upon this phenomenon responsibly, developing the global village concept with a vision of enabling positive living conditions for everyone.  Poorly managed attempts to close our “porous borders” will only result in suffocation.

And that would be uncomfortable indeed.

 

 When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone?

 

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9 Comments

  1. this morning.. taking my daughter to see Peppa Pig – along with probably hundreds of other mums on school holidays!! eep!

  2. Grace says:

    OMG, awesome post, Misha! It’s so very tragic the way both the government and opposition are putting their egos ahead of innocent lives. It’s sickening.
    Thanks for reminding us the importance to speak our minds. No matter how uncomfortable the topic.

  3. Penny says:

    Bravo Misha! Gawd, I can’t believe I didn’t see the underlining message in all this. I kept focusing on the boats. Start from where the problems begin. You can’t put a bandaid over massive axe wound. All that wasted money should be going to helping those people who risk their lives to get over here.

    A bit like people donate money to wildlife research when really we have to save the animals habitat first (sorry relating it back to something I relate to well).

    Fantastic post Misha. Tell us how we can help!

  4. Lyndal says:

    What a great post! I really enjoyed reading it – good on you for getting out of your comfort zone, it can be so liberating xx

    #teamIBOT

  5. carmen says:

    I agree with everyone here! Awesome post and so much that needs to be taken into account.
    Sometimes we judge all too quickly.
    xxx

  6. Jess says:

    This was awesome! I honestly hadn’t looked at that as a kind of solution before, but I see now how that would make things so much better.
    I would like to live an uncomfortable life; I think that’s much more worthwhile than the alternative.

  7. Rhianna says:

    This is pure gold. You should get out of your comfort zone a little more. I hope this is one of the blogs old JG reads so she can put something in place.

  8. Lauren/y says:

    I agree, also I think a lot of our countrymen need an attitude adjustment to one of compassion. After all, if you aren’t indigenous then you, or your near ancestor also immigrated to this wonderful country. We need to stop with the entitlement and be generous with our country.

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