A powerful Frech-American symbol

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A powerful Frech-American symbol

Post by JamesN. »

I've been thinking a lot about the "Statue of Liberty" and "Ellis Island" lately with all the fear-mongering taking place since the Paris bombing concerning the refugee and immigrant populations seeking asylum. And I find it very ironic that this is such a powerful argument against such notions as a reminder of what the human spirit is capable of if there is a will to do so.

Perhaps it might seem unworkable concerning terrorism; but Joseph Campbell said on more than one occasion that any idea of a new myth would have to include everyone. And if we turn our backs on them and walk away; what does that say about who we are; (if the roles were reversed would they do the same for us)?

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