I’m on the plane to Manila as I read the news about the Danish authorities’ decision to implement a new law enabling the police to confiscate values from refugees arriving in Denmark.
Obviously, this brings the thoughts to the Nazi horrors Europe allowed Jews to endure during the WWII.
So this is what we have become:
Countries shutting their borders.
People referring to refugees as “rapefugees”.
Politicians competing to be less humane in the race for votes.
Racism flooding social media, often with the initial words “I’m not racist, but…” (well, read the definition – quite a few of you are).
Political will to cross ethical tresholds uncrossed since Europe was in war.
Angry people scared by their governments or politicians, claiming that our culture or values will be destroyed.
Well, guess what; pretty soon we’ve made it. We’re making efficient progress. All by ourselves. Removing our dignity and stepping away from democratic values way faster and more efficient than any external “enemy” would have managed.
The biggest threat comes from within. It terrifies me. And I’m so ashamed to witness this development. What must the world think of us – speaking about our values and equality – then demonstrating the exact opposite when faced with people in utter need.
I guess Anders Behring Breivik has a pretty smug smile on his face these days…