Just had a nice moment waiting for the train.
I was alone on the platform waiting and started talking to the only other person waiting for the train. A young well dressed handsome man.
He spoke with the elegant grace of a man with an american liberal arts degree. In excellent Swedish he told me he had studied Swedish for a single month. He fluently conversed me in Swedish occasionally used google translate for difficult worlds like twin. His grace reminded me of the late Muhammed Ali.
An intelligent man who refused to deceive the world by pretending he wasn’t. He told me he studied business before he came to Sweden. He came by way of Damascus 18 months ago. His name was John.
Technically he is a Syrian refugee but those words does nothing to describe him.
I asked for his number and he reluctantly gave it to me.
The person I met was me, only smarter and more well dressed. If you understand that we are the same it us much easier to make the right choices concerning immigration and refugees.
The world is an extremely connected place where all cultures are merging. Sweden has done an excellent job of giving people a place to stay. It doesn’t matter if this is costly for Sweden because in the end all human beings have equal value. So of course we have the moral imperative to act to ensure that all people have the right to a good life.
I think immigration is great for a country and I believe that there is no choice but the choice to give every single person the same chance to live in country with liberty and justice for all.