Thursday, April 8, 2010

Signs of the times

Two signs that echo a frightening meta-message: The human community has groups of people that exist simply to service the needs of other groups of people.

In northern Italy: a warning to motorists to look out for prostitutes.
“I saw this sign and had to slow down to get a proper look,” said resident Dino Vezino, 34.
 “Does it mean I have to look out for prostitutes crossing or that they are available around here?” Read more >>

In southern California: a warning that drivers might encounter people frantically darting across lanes of traffic to evade border security. Read more >>

Apparently, we (those of us fortunate enough not to be in these situations) are fine enough with this state of affairs that we accommodate it.

Or is it just me being over-finicky and "idealistic"?

A far ranging solution would be to address the underlying causes of prostitution and "illegal" immigration.

Perhaps human communities and systems that addressed the trade in young women...and addressed why families must leave their homes and seek work elsewhere...

This solution might also surface why the current financial meltdown... and paint a picture that helps ordinary people stand up and against blatant greed.

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