Collaboration beats Conflict

On the front page of the New York Times, “Where education and assimilation collide” by Ginger Thompson, raises once again the problem of immigration.  This is not a “fightin words” article.  It’s very well considered evaluation of a real problem, which is essentially one of human rights.

Humans have a right, or at least a need, for decent living conditions, and they will do what they can to get them.  This is completely understandable.

Americans also have a need for decent living conditions, and there is a limit to our resources; therefore our generosity has limits.  This is completely understandable.

A few weeks ago I was astonished to hear Linda Chavez say (Bill Moyers Journal 10/17/08):  “The whole population control movement is at the heart of the immigration control movement in this country.”  Surely she must understand the overpopulation is not a “movement,” or an opinion.  It is a factual reality that can be proven by counting up all the people and all the resources.

Or maybe Ms. Chavez’ opinion is that our  human rights problems would be solved if everyone were free to go anywhere.  The world might come to that, I suppose.  In the best of conditions, if we were to work together.  However, this is not the best of conditions. The earth can not make more energy (food and other energy sources) than it already is making.  But we keep  increasing the population.  Therefore, no matter how hard we try, people will be starving and they will do whatever they can to solve their problems.  Just as you do.  The best way to understand how this works is to read Collapse, by Jared Diamond.090313tgt_dsc9440s

I think it is time to stop yelling at each other about something that is NOT different among us — and talk together about our common problem.  There is more than one way to solve any problem, but some ways are more useful than others.  Personally I think talking and working together is better than killing each other.   Especially if we really care about human rights.