At the start of this holiday season I wrote about Santa Claus and his “naughty” and “nice” lists. The conversation on social media turned to morality and how we define what is right and wrong. And then came a statement regarding a very particular moral issue — it’s never okay to tear gas children.
That statement gave me pause. Well, for one thing, I had to catch up on current events. How grateful I am for people who raise issues and help me keep up. After some research, here is a humble, very brief summary of what has been in the news for a while now: a large group of migrants (also referred to as a “caravan”) have been traveling from various parts of Central America, making their way to the United States border. More than 5,000 have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico and are receiving shelter in the city’s large sports complex. On November 25, a large group of migrants headed towards the pedestrian border gate in the hopes of a peaceful protest. But with frustration among them already mounting, the scene eventually changed to mass chaos and corresponding responses from the United States border patrol. There’s probably a lot of detail I’m missing, so research your trusted sources to find out more.
There’s a lot I personally want to understand, but I’ll start with two questions:
- What are the main concerns we have as United States citizens regarding migrants and borders? What should we be considering?
- What would be a better solution?
My biggest concern is that we can’t even look past party politics to find solutions. So much of what we’re dealing with is made murky by various agendas, the main one being spinning each story to gain support. The border is definitely an issue, as is humanity, immigration, rule of law, etc. But we can’t rationally talk about any of it in the face of such anecdotes and rigid statements.
As far as a better solution, I turn to the way I’ve grown as a parent. I used to think the only way to make my children obey me included corporal punishment — mainly spanking. I’ve since learned there are so many other ways to establish rules and expectations that my children will respect, none of which cause harm. But it took creativity, exploring other options, and an open mind. It also took humility and faith to believe that I could find something beyond my own paradigm that would actually work.
I believe the solution to this incident and others includes a lot of the same elements – an open-mind, humility, creativity, and looking to additional perspectives. These things can be avoided, but not without a lot more understanding on all sides.
What are your thoughts and questions on this particular issue?