French jurist said:Tricky subject, why not talk about abortion ?
Totally, FJ. But I'll say just this:
In the case of Argentina, we aren't an example of correctness exactly. When in school, I found funny how my teachers taught me about our "great patriots" and how the kicked the Spaniards out, how they repelled the English, and how they subjugated the native savages. The dessert campaigns were as epic as the resistance against the English invasions of 1806 and 1807. All I could think was "Were we so different from the English when we overran the Indians?"
For some reason, this country attracts people from neighboring countries, such as Paraguay. Many times I talked with people from Paraguay and they all said they came here "trying to give their children a better future". My first spontaneous though was "life in Paraguay must suck big, big, big time". But in the end, cynicism aside, those guys were doing something very basic and instinctive: they were trying to survive. Like it or not, legal or not, can I blame anyone for being self-preservasionist? Is the illegal immigrant a criminal?
What about the Australian guy wanting the invaders out? If I asked them, I'd probably get an answer in essence similar to the Paraguayan's: "My children are living a good life here and I want to make sure it stays that way for them". Again, self-preservation. Is the guy a xenophobic monster?
About what happened in "the past":
Once I watched an intellectual and Holocaust survivor being interviewed on the French television. He said that many times, when lecturing in Germany, German students approached him asking for forgiveness. He explained them that guilt is neither collective nor inheritable, and that what happened wasn't their fault. IMO, that's common sense talking.
But then I found this:
Not long ago I watched a German movie called Die Welle. I don't remember the exact words, but when talking about the Nazi regime, one kid said it wasn't their fault as it all happened long before they were born. What really caught my attention was the reply he got: a girl said "it's part of our history, and so we are historically responsible to some extent". With all in her favor, the girl would not avoid responsibility. It kept me thinking.
I don't have a solution for this. I don't know if there should be one. I can't blame anyone for doing what they can in this world. I just wish we would be more considerate with each other and their situation. At least that. It may help us all see through the xenophobe and criminal smoke walls and get a glimpse of the struggling human being behind them, surviving day by day in this crazy, unfair world. It may reduce the noise a little.
Just my thoughts.