guest post by Salacious Crumb
The build up to this years‚Äô¬†election has got me thinking about New Zealand and what it means to be a citizen of this remarkable country.
It was no better highlighted to me than by a conversation I had recently with a Syrian man I know,¬†who immigrated here just over two years ago.
A devout man, empathetic, highly intellectual and blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, he would, I am sure, dispel a number of stereotypes we have of people from that region.
When I asked him what he thought of life in New Zealand he looked at me for a moment in disbelief. He told me “You have no idea how lucky you are to live here. It is paradise”.
Paradise? Really? His rationale; the overwhelming sense of security, friendliness and fairness he and his family feel in living here. He was describing us as people, our way of life and our¬†isolation from many of the worlds’ ills.
This from a man who has had family members disappear and has nieces and nephews being raised with the constant sounds of shelling and gunfire. A man who lives with constant fear for those close to him still living in Syria, desperately trying to flee a nation destroying itself.
There’s nothing like a bit of perspective. ¬† Read more »