My weekend begins and my granddaughter is visiting and we are arguing something we do often….but it is light hearted and informative….
Recently she had a class project about the refugees and the conflicts that have created the flood of people. She does her own research and she found some stuff that sort of made her worry……it seems she had found in her research and in her classroom that people seem to fear refugees……she asked why.
She found this animated piece on youtube that explains it somewhat and she shared it with me……
Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most influential thinkers of our time, says many Europeans’ fear of refugees boils down to the idea of the “precariat” – people whose lives are marked by precariousness, anxiety and fear.
Bauman believes that in this era of global upheaval and movement, seeing people who have lost everything reminds us of our own vulnerabilities – how we could so easily lose our homes, our jobs and our loved ones.
I could have given her my take on it…..if the world does not want to help these people then stop making the crisis possible….but I wanted her to find her answers on her own…..
I gave her an “A” for her diligence in finding the answer to her question…..
And all I can say is….”That’s my girl”.