mercredi 2 janvier 2008

X for Xenophobia


Some people hate foreigners and other strangers, and especially those whom they have never met. "I don't know him, so he cannot be but bad."
They stay at home all their life, hating those who live somewhere else and all those stupid foreigners who approach the little fortification they have created to protect themselves.
All those people are not like them, so they are bad. Hate them, hate them, hate them!
But they are not stupid. They will never go away from home.
If they stepped out of their limits wouldn't they be strangers among strangers themselves?

21 commentaires:

Ackworth Born a dit…

alas so true
let us promote xenophilia
wherever we can

nazzareno a dit…

Bonjour HPY, bonjour et bon an de l'"étranger" de Rome.

Peter a dit…

Like you, I have been a "stranger" more than half of my life. Never felt like one! Always felt "at home" wherever I have been!

Olivier a dit…

Xénophobie, un très bon thème pour cette lettre X (marrant aucun des abécédaires que j'ai vu today , n'ont parle de films pornos, pourtant cela me paraissait évident ;o) ).
J'ai l'impression qu'avec notre gouvernement et les problemes de delocalisations, la Xenophobie a de tres belles heures devant elle ;o(.
Et on est tous l'étranger de quelqu'un.

RuneE a dit…

I think you win the contest. We others just wring our collective heads to come up with something more or less funny.

You have an ISSUE!

alice a dit…

Tout est dit. Malheureusement.

Mick a dit…

You've been on the road a lot lately. :)

Andrea a dit…

WOW....what an "X" word. Good one too. We should greet everyone with a smile. :)

Cergie a dit…

Cela m'est arrivé et c'est une curieuse expérience, au Danemark.
J'étais avec deux amis dont Roselyne, une aristocrate. Nous admirions des beaux vélos et des malabars sont arrivés croyant que nous voulions les voler
Sur le seul visage on ne peut juger les gens. De ce qu'ils sont. De leurs intentions
Je pense aussi aux personnes, agées ou moins agées, hospitalisées qui sous leur camisole blanche sont affublées d'un "ma petite dame" qui denie leur humanité, leur singularité
La vieillesse aussi est une terrible frontière que nous devons tous franchir un jour.

claude a dit…

Olivier a dit la phrase juste : on est tous l'étranger de quelqu'un. C'est très vrai, quand on y pense vraiment.

dot a dit…

You are so right! A very good post and a beautiful picture.

mrsnesbitt a dit…

There are no strangers here....only friends we haven't met!

I remember this saying! profound.

bonnie a dit…

Xenophobia is a pandemic and rampant among the insular. I never thought about the risk of stepping out and becoming the hated.

Neva a dit…

A GREAT "X"..Thanks!

Liisa a dit…

Totta joka sana ja KUVA myös!

mrsnesbitt a dit…

Phew! OK check out my blog again! All is sorted!

Isopeikko a dit…

Kauniista sanottu. Ja todesti.

hpy a dit…

Peter, no problem for me either to feel at home, but I have seen a lot of xenophobia, maybe more so on the countryside than in Paris. People are afraid of the unknown.

Olivier, c'est vrai, on est tous l'étranger de quelqu'un, et comme dit Alice sur son blog, on est tous différents mais tous pareils.

Thank you Runee for the award! ;)

Digital Flower Pictures a dit…

Personally I rejoice in diversity in both my plants and people.

Happy New Year!

AVCR8TEUR a dit…

Good point. I wished everyone was opened mind and understood this.

Max-e a dit…

So xenophobia is no confined to South Africa.
We have many immigrants from Africa to the North of us seeking a better life.
We often have situations where the shops of foreign owners are trashed, imply because they are more succesful than the local ones.
Recently three Zimbabweans were murdered - simply because they were foreigners.
It is a very sad fact of life.