Migrant Caravan Reaches US-Mexico Border (Strictly Fact or Emotion is Stupid)
After two months of blame-baiting, shouting and taking responsibility (though: little light on the ‘responsibility’), the world renowned ‘migrant caravan’ from Central America reached the US-Mexico border on Sunday
11/27/18, 7:03 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from RadioNZ
Sunday /> early /> three days after Thanksgiving, with the Western world still readjusting to the horrors of the world outside our families, and one of the biggest stories of the Fall season has come back to haunt the headlines. After more than three months on-the-road, the caravan from Central America has reached the US-Mexico border.
This got coverage in October and November. Trump said it’s a big deal, liberals agreed but for different reasons, and the rest of us waited around to see if anything would happen, or, if it did, if it were to happen in any way similar to situations like this in the past. As people have been scaling fences, throwing rocks and other projectiles at border patrol agents, using women and children as human shields, and DEMANDING entry into the country for no more a reason than to ‘find a job’ (*Joke), the similarities are not surprising.
But the US military has used force to defend themselves, including the use of tear gas (equally surprising) which has unfortunately reached some areas with women and children. According to white house DHS head Kirstjen Nielsen: at 8,500 members in Tijuana and Mexicali, the caravan “is far larger and more organized than previous ones,” has potentially over 600 convicted criminals in it, has been attacking border agents in Mexico and other Central American countries throughout its trek north, and contrary to what many news outlets have been saying of late, the caravan is comprised primarily of men (and that link is MSNBC, for the record #Bipartisan #SoBipartisan #Winning).
Just as last time, this story has the conservatives yelling: ‘but this happened before!,‘ ‘it’s not all Trump’s fault!’ ‘stop crying and let’s actually figure out what to do about this!’ and the liberals saying ‘but can’t we just cry a little bit more?’
There is obviously reason to ‘cry’ regarding this situation (it’s a bad policy), but the fact is that there are far more men than there are families in this specific caravan, trying to make a thing out of this so that they can cross the border and find work in the US. It is of course terrible that kids are in a place where tear gas is going off and that they’re being separated from their parents, but how that’s absolutely any one person’s specific fault is not so obvious. The United States have been screwing over these countries for decades. People who are suffering deserve sympathy and help when possible and appropriate. Yes, the parents are leaving a shitty place in hopes of a better life, but do they, at some point, have to realize what’s going on? There are people in this caravan who are being violent, and who have been being violent since the caravan started in August. What responsibility do people less well-off have in any situation? It might be less than those better off, of course, but is it zero? At what point do we talk about what’s actually going on in these Central American countries? Are we just going to leave them a baron wasteland for the gangs and drug cartels? Is it our job to ‘save’ these people from themselves? is it our job to ‘teach people what it means to be human’? Or is that pretentious and assuming of a ‘better’ culture, or worse?
These are real questions with complex answers that I certainly won’t come across alone, but, as we all know, what really matters here is the fact that Trump is tearing families apart, and that women and children are being teargassed. These are terrible things, but to get so caught up in them as to warrant an ignorance of reality and an inherent laziness in critical thought is no better than an ‘alt-right’ person using IQ or other ‘historically-backed’ ‘facts’ or ‘simple-arguments’ (facts don’t care about your feelings, bra) to reason equally ridiculous claims, for equally ignorant or lazy reasons (like the one which says because ‘races’ inherently cannot ‘get along’ they should not interact; lots of us seem to interact with no issue, and, more importantly, the reality is that people of different races do interact, and they’re going to; people choose to interact or to not interact, no one can control that; the ‘fact’ isn’t the whole story, statistics don’t control what people do, and they can change with time).
This suggests a paradigm in the way humans interact politically (regardless of race (*Joke)): some people think analytically, and others continentally (‘continental’: more entwined with the emotions needed to create new art (rather than perfecting established artistic quality (both equally needed))).
Facts and emotions are equally important for humans to perceive reality. Without ‘facts’, we have no way of understanding what happens (in space and time), and without ‘emotions’, we cannot move within them (or within space and time (though a better word for that there< would be… spacetime)), as we might as well be robots with no sense of time or how it relates in-time with the consciousness interacting both with it, without it, and as the context for it. To argue that humans should be ‘less emotional’ is akin to arguing that the person with cancer should just ‘get over it’: it’s a personal plight, and support both emotional and technical (technical: ‘factual’ in my terminology here) if possible (like if you invented chemo therapy, for example) is of course greatly appreciated. On the flip side, however: why arguing against ‘fact’ is stupid is self explanatory (how are you even reading this if ‘reading’ isn’t a ‘factually’ existent thing?)
Arguing either-or is inherently non-sensical because the reality is that, as far as we currently know regarding the nature of consciousness (which is admittedly minimal, but that’s why we DO THINGS THAT HAVE COMPLEX THOUGHT INVOLVED), they are both needed, as they both exist, and predetermine almost everything we perceive after spacetime. It is the process within reason which substantiates reason as existent in itself, because without the capability for emotion, coupled with its closest ontological opposite: the understanding of a ‘fact’, reason would, again as far as we know, be ‘left in the background’ so to speak: we wouldn’t be able to see it. You’re not going to ‘get over your emotions’ any quicker than you’re going to ‘change the facts’; changing facts requires new research, just as ‘changing emotions’ (or ‘getting over it’) requires new insight.
That’s both complicated, and obvious; it’s about the closest two Forms can get without turning into the same thing (making it more dialectically transparent, and therefore inherent in reason as reason itself deals with an inherently dialectical thought process), and as a result is inherent in the very idea ‘consciousness’ itself, if the idea that consciousness is the culmination of the possibility of an infinite transgression of an infinite amount of interacting Forms may have any merit (which it may not, I’m just going off a tune here).
It’s an important dichotomy for any understanding of how humans interact with the world–let alone with each other–but, as it’s complex and potentially difficult to understand (as it involves a high degree of critical thought #SorryNotSorry), it has especially heinous results when applied to power politics, which aims to use critical thought for its own advantage–
Liberals want me to believe that my emotional reaction to their (mostly ill-advised) facts regarding this situation at the border should trump the fact that we live in an equally emotionally perceived world as a factual one and as such should just let my emotions run wild, thinking about suffering families, for example (which I cannot stress enough, is obviously terrible; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez I think a very good point regarding this (amidst a slew of them (first link was the one there))) for reasons on which I can only speculate. Conservatives want me to believe that because the facts are what they are, there is only one certain, very particular, and relatively small, set of conclusions or decisions I can reasonably make, because when ‘fact’ is the only thing dictating my thought process, my decisions have essentially already been made for me (ironic that this is the side more prone to argue ‘free-will’ propositions, as opposed to ‘determinist’ ones??). Both lead to a world where I am unable to understand reality in full, as I am ignoring half of my basic cognition which makes my perception of it possible (either fact or emotion), and am therefore in need of somebody else to ‘help me out’ (thanks, bra), and if I have no capacity for either fact or emotion, I won’t even know ‘how’ that person even possibly could ‘help me out’, as, again, half of my basic cognitive capacity which makes the understanding possible is either ignored or fatally underdeveloped.
The situation at the border has serious questions attached to it, but if we’re all so busy YELLING at each other, we’re going to miss the opportunity to learn something. At such a critical time (lots going on right now), that’s a risk we can’t afford. I don’t care what your thoughts or your feelings may or may not be (…#Sorry), or even whether or not they’re even there; if you’re not willing to listen to somebody else, on the premise, conscious or not, that you’re ‘smarter’ or ‘better’ than anyone (for ‘factual’ reasons or otherwise), then the ‘criminal’, or the ‘dictator’, or the ‘totalitarian government’, or the ‘idiots who don’t know the basic tenants of how reality works yet think they deserve to run the world because they ‘feel more than the rest of us’, have already won.
Now there’s a story for MSNBC.