In 2003 I asked my youngest daughter, who was almost nine at that time. What is the difference between a man and a monkey? The answer came in a split second: A monkey has more hair! My next question was: What is the difference between a human and a mouse? A mouse has bigger ears! Children can be refreshingly direct. Homo sapiens, the monkey and mouse are almost identical at DNA level. What would be the difference between a human and a human?
We, humans, come from one source, let us call her Lucy. We began as apes in
Africa and evolved into black humans. Black migrants have subsequently
colonised the world. Religion comes also from one source. Jews, Christians
and Muslims all know where to get the mustard (Abraham, Ibrahim). The
archetype of the Redeemer, whether we name him Jesus Christ, the Laughing
Buddha, Santa Claus, the Eastern Bunny or Aquarius, comes also from one
source, the Unitive Consciousness.
Take Geert Wilders, he fights the Islam, whilst the Islam comes from the same source as
Christianity. He fights double nationalities when there was only one
nationality to start with, for those who are conscious of the connection.
He fights the migrants, while migration has turned the earth into our
home. Wilders portrays migrants as parasites, who are after our prosperity.
The Dutch prosperity was based on the exploitation of Indonesia and the
slave trade. Up till the day of today, we, the West makes huge profits at the
expense of poor countries. We still buy earth shaking blood gas, profit from
cheap jeans from China or child labour from India.
Why not stop the polarisation, the selfish we-they thinking? What will
happen: The feeling of connection will grow. Why not do our utmost best to
improve the living conditions in the Third World instead of fighting
migrants. People would normally not consider moving because they feel at
home in their own culture and climate. If mankind can improve their or better our in
we-we thinking conditions of living and give us a shared hope for a better future in our own
country, migration will become a free choice and an eagerness to explore our
In the Netherlands but also in other countries, there are beautiful examples
of organisations, who locally help to develop a country. For example, the
PUM Senior Experts in the Hague sends (often retired) experts to assist small
and medium size businesses (SME's) in developing countries. A few weeks of effort
creates significant opportunities for the local company and its community for a better future.
It is also a chance to make friends at the other site of the world and to
realise that we are all connected. We share the same nationality, we are
PS I am so proud of my youngest daughter. At 25 she organised an international training with PUM experts Arie Bijl and Paul van der Ven in poultry farming for sustainable agriculture in Rwanda.