Faraway: Get Out of Your World
Lady Liberty Leads the Way
An immigrant child, a young girl, once said upon seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time, “Oh, look, mama, she’s a lady!” No doubt, this little girl had seen photos of this famous statue but had never thought about the fact that liberty is often personified as Lady Liberty. I’ve given that some thought, in fact, more so lately during this humanitarian crisis at our southern border as unprecedented throngs of immigrant children are seeking asylum in the United States. These children, some younger than school age, have risked their very lives in their flight for freedom. Why would they embark on such a dangerous journey? What prompted them to leave their homes, families and friends? Perhaps it was raw hope. Hope that they could have a life without deprivation, violence, rape, and torture. Or maybe they fled out of unspeakable fear. Fear of facing a future where death stalks them daily. It takes a child with a heart of hope and a spirit of courage to believe that they could find a better life, one where they could actually reach their potential, and make the world a better place. It was the luck of the draw, you know, that these children were born in a geographical location and at a time that did not offer any advantages for them to grow up healthy, gain a decent education, and make a solid contribution to society.
Lady Liberty represents what females do best: protect the weak. Lady Liberty’s partner in all this is Lady Justice who, while blindfolded, balances the scales of fairness in one hand and the long sword of truth in the other. For these matters so integral to human survival, it takes a woman.
America's greatest resource is human diversity. Early on we welcomed all to our shores. Because of this spectacular variety of talent that landed here, our nation spurred the strongest engine of innovation and economic growth the world had ever seen.
I wonder. What if among these small children who have arrived at our doorstep, what if there are future inventors, scientists, and artists who will come up with the next wave of ideas that will not only make life better for the rest of us, but perhaps even bring about something as elusive as the eradication of poverty and a resulting world peace?
There’s a relevant article in The Washington Post on the refugee children at our shores. A hot debate is going on in Syracuse, NY as to whether the town should allow some of these children to be housed in a vacant convent. The unleashing of rage and compassion collide at a town hall meeting.
You can read about it here: Syracuse Immigration Debate