There is a lot going on in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia faces a religious crisis with a stampede. A Saudi Prince has spent prison time for trying to force oral copulation. There is a civil war on the brink of international crisis in Syria. It brings up a lot of questions about people’s rights, immigration and the rights of the apparent elite. What are the rights of a prince? Prince Harry isn’t a shining example, but, he is a good example of someone who has taken time to be involved with the military and be seen as a regular person. There is a balance that needs to be achieved through respect and understanding, the British have made an incredible effort to lead their people in a precedent setting humbleness. Will the Saudis follow in a similar path?
I bet the psychology departments of Christian and secular schools are burning: yes, a well intentioned kid was arrested for bringing a clock to school. It raises the question of what is freedom? GOP candidates argue that it is protection and some argue it is choice, and I think it is a combination of the two. Sorry Texas, but the United States protects religious and personal freedom, which includes the right of Middle Eastern citizens to carry luggage shaped clocks. We aren’t protecting our freedom if we can’t protect people’s right to create and believe what they believe. This touches on all sorts of issues like NSA surveillance, police warrant rights, even down to city planning approvals for religious groups. It will be interesting to see how Texas policy and often time flagrant Americanisms that radiate from their society will adapt to the media attention from the discrimination shown towards a little 14 year old American citizen.
What is our responsibility? I drove past a grass fire and kept on going. My assessment was I am not a firefighter and if I pull over to help I could just get in the way of a fire truck or just not be useful. Or something simpler, like someone has a flat on the road, they should just call AAA or some roadside assistance or just solve it themselves with a spare. As technology and access to services improve, how does our social responsibility change? Mobile applications are giving people access to an increasingly power network of resource. In some ways we are growing closer and in many ways we are becoming more dependent on the devices and memberships. Today, I went on a hike and saw a man that appeared out of place running from the back porch of a home. It might have been the homeowner or a construction worker with permission to be there, or it could have been an attempted burglary. I chose to keep walking, but it made me think about what we should act on and what we are responsible for.
The Islamic State, Kurdish forces, loyalists and a number of subgroups continue to destroy the country of Syria and the world is now facing a mass exodus. I cannot pretend to have an understanding of the dynamics of the battles of Syria, but it is proving to be an incredibly complex immigration issue and test for European nations. Southeastern European countries are already heavily burdened by weak economies and jobless citizens are now facing a flood of immigrants that are in need of support and resources. What is our responsibility as fellow humans? It appears that the Germans are leading the relief efforts and are welcoming immigrant applicants, but they will need to deal with the addition of thousands of unemployed that don’t necessarily have the skills to be immediately useful to their populous. The Syrians are also going to face an identity crisis, their homeland is being destroyed and cultural artifacts destroyed (Palmyra), leaving them to assimilate or integrate into each respective society. It is likely that many of the immigrants will find refuge in rougher neighborhoods that might not share the same sentiment that the government and media have. But regardless of the integration issues, the lives of the Syrians will most likely benefit from an opportunity to start a new life within the European realm. We will find out how this immigration event changes the policies of the Schengen region and test the European democratic/socialist values with burdening them with added weight to their systems.