A timely symbol for the world to consider at the moment

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A timely symbol for the world to consider at the moment

Post by JamesN. »

Since the Paris bombing I find it so (ironic) with all the fear-mongering taking place across the planet concerning the refugee and immigrant populations seeking asylum that the "Statue of Liberty" and "Ellis Island" has stood for generations as a powerful (beacon of hope) of what humanity's idea of compassion has stood for and indeed might represent for all mankind.

Joseph Campbell said on more than one occasion that any idea of a new myth would have to include the whole planet. Here would be a good place to start thinking about it.

Emma Lazarus’ Famous Poem

A poem by Emma Lazarus is graven on a tablet

within the pedestal on which the statue stands.

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
What do I know? - Michael de Montaigne