February 13th, 2017


Politics again

Originally I was planning to talk about Dionysus today, but then we were watching internet videos last night, and I have another topic. If it turns out to be short enough, maybe I'll post about both. But see, a while ago, somebody shared the Netherlands video message to Trump on Facebook, and we loved it. Then an uncle of ours shared Switzerland's video, and then Denmark's, and we were like, "Hey, what's up with all of this?" One of the latter videos mentioned Germany doing a video, so later we Googled that and the German talk show host kind of explained the whole thing. Apparently the Netherlands started it, and then a couple of other countries, including Germany, jumped on the bandwagon, and now he was inviting all of Europe and Australia and any other interested countries to come along. (I also appreciated that the German talk show host said it was also funny that none of the copycat countries had been able to top the Netherlands. We agreed, but the Germany video was pretty funny, too.)

So last night, we were on track to get to bed early, and something reminded me of these videos, so I figured why not watch a couple more? And we went to Every Second Counts (awesome name, by the way) to see what other countries had contributed videos. We watched two (which also failed to live up to the Netherlands, but the Australian talk show host's introduction was funny), and then I just wanted to check real quick what other countries there were before we went to bed. It's organized by continent/region, and I was especially intrigued that the Middle East was included. Then we saw that one of the two countries that had a video was Iran, and we were like, "Wait, but..." So we watched it, and oh my goodness, it was probably the funniest one yet. I think it even beat the Netherlands. But it's also funny in a kind of, "Should I really be laughing at this...?" sort of way. I'd definitely recommend checking it out, though.

But I feel like now that the subject has been brought up, I should talk about the travel ban. I will argue that if it were a Muslim ban, there would have been a lot more than seven countries on the list, but other than that, I'm not going to defend it, because I'm against it anyway. We're 100% for helping refugees in any way possible, and if that means letting them come live in the United States, I'm okay with that. (I will confess that we wouldn't want to let them live with us in our apartment, but that's probably true of at least 99.99% of the population of the world, so. (We're not excited about roommates is what we're saying.))

People keep being afraid that the refugees will come into our country and wreak havoc or something, and it's kind of mind-boggling. It's like, "You guys know these people are leaving their countries because they don't like bombings, right?" Well what if they're just pretending to be a refugee? ...I can't really answer that, but I think it's okay to take the risk.

Let's talk about the Good Samaritan. There's a key element to this story that I think a lot of people are forgetting. Samaritans were hated by Jews. Like, super hated. Jews would walk all the way around Samaria to get to the other side of it rather than go through it, and it's a long narrow country. What I'm saying is, the Samaritan in the story could very reasonably have thought, "But if I help this guy, he might wake up and try to kill me." But he helped the guy anyway.

I have another example, this time from a video game. In Final Fantasy Type-0, there's a side quest where you have to identify a spy. When you finally identify the spy, it turns out she grew up in Rubrum (the country she's working against) and now works for Milites (Rubrum's (and pretty much everybody's) sworn enemy). When confronted about it, she explained that when her home was destroyed in the war (there's constant war in the Type-0 world), it wasn't the Rubrans who took her in, gave her a blanket when she was cold and fed her when she was starving. It was Milites, and so now she's working for Milites. So what I'm saying is, when these refugees are cold and hungry and homeless, if they ask for help and we don't give it to them, why should we expect them to not hate us? On the other hand, if they thought they hate us, but we show them compassion when they need it, I like to think that most of them would forever think kindly of us.

Anyway, I'm sure anyone who's against letting refugees in has a bunch of other arguments that I haven't touched on, but basically what it boils down to is people need help and I think we should give it to them. We've read some of their stories on Humans of New York; these people have been through enough. And as a Christian, I think the Christlike thing is to help, and if they turn around and betray us, I believe the Lord will help us through that, too.

...And it seems kind of inappropriate to talk about Dionysus after that, so I'll have to save that for tomorrow.

Today I'm thankful for work going quickly today, getting to see Iran's video message, getting to watch Sleeping Beauty last night, getting to bed a little tiny bit early last night, and having a relatively safe home to live in.