Dear beloved friends and readers,
Just a few reflections on the terrible refugee crisis in Europe at the present. It very sad to see so many desperate people. From a Christian, or even from a purely humanist point of view these are our brothers and sisters; we can’t turn our eyes away from them. And there are lessons for us in Europe from the whole mess. Is the recent wave of refugees in Europe a case of “the Empire strikes back”, the one-time colonies, with their young people, revitalizing an ageing EU – isn’t that a good thing? Or is the whole thing a challenge to our failing faith in Europe. Is it a case of, as scripture says, if we don’t bear the fruits of faith, it will be handed over to others who will. Is that a more sobering message of the whole mess?.
But isn’t this is above all a challenge to put humanity back before economics and its hard money values. It should make us reflect in Europe and our own country about where we are going, what world we are creating. Is it one of an increasing gap between the rich and the poor, at home, and in the world at large. Maybe the whole system is wrong, the whole world we have created in recent decades and our blind EU conformism, much of which is totally the opposite of our own inherited values and independent spirit. Have we sold our souls for money, forgetting all we fought for over hundreds of years?. Maybe the 1916 commemorations should make us do some soul-searching in this respect. I include a poem I wrote about this called “The Last Irish Romantic”. Maybe its a bit one-sided, but all satire is so, for exaggerated effect. Here it is: